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The Defector (1966)
"L'espion" (original title)

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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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Prof. James Bower
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Counselor Peter Heinzmann (as Hardy Kruger)
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Agent Adams
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Frieda Hoffmann
David Opatoshu ...
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Ingrid Weiß
Hannes Messemer ...
Dr. Saltzer
Karl Lieffen ...
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Uta Levka ...
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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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16 November 1966 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Monty's Final Curtain Call
21 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Watching these German-made 1966 Cold War film starring the doomed Montgomery Clift brought tears to my eyes. Being a Monty fan I just had to see this film & did in 1966. I was nothing more then a pre-teen, but it was clear to me that Monty had fallen on hard times. Little did I know that the Defector would be his final screen performance.

The story is typical of the 1960s Cold War spy films. Monty gave his usual outstanding performance, regardless of the lousy screenplay and shoestring budget. He was supported in fine style by German actor Hardy Krueger. Above average movie which most likely would be more interesting to view today in light of the historical value of the film being the last for Monty.

A sad ending for an outstanding actor.


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