Following the Second World War, a northern cannery combine negotiates for the purchase of a large tract of uncultivated Georgia farmland. The major portion of the land is owned by Julie Ann... See full summary »
John Phillip Law
The Dirty Dozen meet the Stiff Upper Lip. A British Petroleum executive (Michael Caine) is assigned to work with the British Army in North Africa handling port duties for incoming fuels. ... See full summary »
André De Toth
A British agent's son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of diamonds. The agent finds out that he can't even count on the people he thought were on his side to help him, so he decides to track down the kidnappers himself.
When a US intelligence agent (Anthony Quinn) is unable to bring a ruthless drug baron (James Mason) to justice, he resorts to hiring a contract killer. But the man he is put in contact with... See full summary »
Colonel Stok, a Soviet intelligence officer responsible for security at the Berlin Wall, appears to want to defect but the evidence is contradictory. Stok wants the British to handle his defection and asks for one of their agents, Harry Palmer, to smuggle him out of East Germany. Written by
Dave Jenkins <email@example.com>
Anjanette Comer was originally cast as Samantha Steel and even appeared in the publicity stills. But due to illness Comer had to back out and Eva Renzi ended up the role. See more »
During the border inspection of the hearse, a senior officer hands some documents to a junior who is carrying an AK47 with telescoping stock. In the next shot, the junior is carrying a solid-stock rifle. In the following shot to that, the rifle is once more a telescoping stock. See more »
Show them to any Swiss banker, he'll laugh in your face. Beautiful forgeries... but on the wrong paper.
See more »
This is my favourite of the three Harry Palmer films (I don't count the 90s remake.) This film is accurately done and goes at a sensible pace however, those people looking for computerised special effects and exploding cars are watching the wrong film.
The plot is really good and makes absolute sense if you follow it closely. There is also the wonderful dry wit between Palmer and his commanding officer.
Palmer: I didn't pick her up; she picked me up.
Ross: Well you'd have to say that to get it on expenses.
Also, you should watch this in widescreen there are some subtle details, which are left out at the edge of the screen. Including the subtle way in which Sam first picks up Harry at the hotel. However, unlike most "Spy" films we are not subjected to the obligatory soft porn sequence.
Listen carefully for the references to Suvorov a Russian general, part of the priceless banter between Palmer and the Russian who wants to defect.
They don't make films like this anymore simply because they don't write books like this anymore. This was Len Deighton and it is first class.
17 of 20 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?