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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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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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Trivia

Montgomery Clift only agreed to do this movie so that he could later do Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), but his intended role went to Marlon Brando. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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