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The Defector (1966)

L'espion (original title)
Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who's recruited by a shady CIA agent, named Adam, to help them with the defection of a ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Prof. James Bower
Counselor Peter Heinzmann (as Hardy Kruger)
Frieda Hoffmann (as Macha Meril)
Christine Delaroche ...
Ingrid Weiß
Dr. Saltzer
Karl Lieffen ...
Major Windisch
Mädchen unter der Dusche
Agent Adams (as Roddy Mc Dowall)


Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who's recruited by a shady CIA agent, named Adam, to help them with the defection of a Russian scientist. But an East German secret agent, named Peter Heinzeman, learns of Bower's meeting with Adam and threatens Bower to mind his own business, while Bower learns of a back story to all this involving stolen microfilm that each side wants. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

16 November 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lautlose Waffen  »

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Did You Know?


This movie's lead cast is completely cosmopolitan: Montgomery Clift is American, Hardy Krüger is German and Roddy McDowall is English whilst the movie was directed by a Belgian, Raoul Lévy. See more »


Early in the film, Bower is talking to Heinzmann. Bower is holding his cigarette vertically because he has a long ash. The POV switches and Bower has his hand down and cigarette horizontal, still with a long ash on it and he quickly taps the ash off into the ashtray. See more »

Crazy Credits

Most items in the closing credits appear and/or disappear in time with rhythms in the final music. See more »


Referenced in Montgomery Clift (1983) See more »

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Great "sleeper" flick.
18 January 1999 | by (Alabama) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of those that you never heard of, but you should have. It pulls you in through excellent direction and authentic dialect and location shooting. This movie could very well be a documentary of a real cold war scenario. Those who are interested in espionage and intrigue should enjoy this movie. Get the popcorn ready and sit back for the duration.

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