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The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  15 December 1966 (USA)
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Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neonazi ... See full summary »

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Pol
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Oktober
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Inge Lindt
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Gibbs
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Weng
Robert Flemyng ...
Rushington
Peter Carsten ...
Hengel
Ernst Walder ...
Grauber
Edith Schneider ...
Headmistress
Philip Madoc ...
Oktober's Man (Man with brown trousers)
Günter Meisner ...
Hassler (as Gunter Meisner)
John Rees ...
Oktober's Man (Man with black-rimmed glasses)
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Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neonazi chief "Oktober" and involved in a dangerous game where each side tries to find out the enemy's headquarters at any price... Written by Dirk Bauer <dbauer@gris.uni-tuebingen.de>

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Pursuer or Pursued -- he played the most dangerous game in Europe... and he played it alone. See more »


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15 December 1966 (USA)  »

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Le secret du rapport Quiller  »

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(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Alec Guinness appeared in this espionage movie thirteen years before he would play John le Carré's famous spy character George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979). See more »

Goofs

When Quiller is waiting for the bomb to blow up, in the long shots he is still completely on the side of the garage, but in the medium shots his head is clearly extending around the corner to see the front of the garage. See more »

Quotes

Quiller: Met a man called Oktober.
Pol: Oh yes?
Quiller: Know him?
Pol: We've never actually met.
Quiller: At the end of our conversation, he ordered them to kill me.
Pol: And did they?
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Referenced in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) See more »

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Alte Kameraden (Old Comrades)
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Music by Carl Teike
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Poor Adaptation
20 December 2007 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

Having just read the novel, it's impossible to watch this without its influence and I found the screen version incredibly disappointing. I'm generally pretty forgiving of film adaptations of novels, but the changes that were made just do not make sense. George Segal's Quiller isn't intense, smart, calculating--qualities Quiller is known for--instead he comes across as a doofus by comparison, better suited to sports-writing or boxing, completely lacking in cunning. The original, primary mission has been completely omitted. Inga is unrecognizable and has been changed to the point of uselessness. Visually, the film was rather stunning, but the magical soft focus that appears every time Inga is in the frame is silly. It's not my intention to be obnoxious and list every point in the movie that strays from the book, but it's truly a shame that such well-crafted material--intriguing back stories, superior spy tactics--is wasted here. Really sad. A much better example of a spy novel-to-film adaptation would be Our Man in Havana, also starring Alec Guinness.


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