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A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process.
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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.
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