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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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QUILLER... Quiller is not just another spy and The Quiller Memorandum is not just another spy story. Quiller works in a deadly lonely way... always unorthodox... always effective. If Quiller shatters your nerves, remember... he's living on his. 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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Trivia

Back-to-back consecutive espionage movie for director Michael Anderson whose previous film had been Operation Crossbow (1965). 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)
(uncredited)
Music by Carl Teike
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Not terribly audience-friendly, but smart and very, very cool.
10 March 1999 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

This isn't your average James Bond knockoff spy thriller; the fact that the screenplay is by playwright Harold Pinter is the first clue. It's a bit strange to see such exquisitely Pinter-esque dialogue (the laconic, seemingly innocuous sentences; the profound silences; the syntax that isn't quite how real people actually talk) in a spy movie, but it really works.

Quiller isn't your average spy. He's played by George Segal with a cool superficiality that works very nicely; he doesn't go charging in with guns blazing -- he doesn't even carry a gun -- and the one time he does try to fight his way out of a sticky spot, he gets pounded. The other standouts in the cast are Alec Guinness as Quiller's controller, and Max von Sydow as the leader of the neo-Nazi cell that Quiller is attempting to crack.

At first glance, the movie is deeply frustrating, and the script appears full of holes, but in fact, it's so smart that it assumes the audience is bright enough to pick up on the breadcrumb trail of clues that it's actually leaving. All in all, I recommend it, but with reservations. If you like tidy conclusions and have limited patience with extreme subtlety, this may not be to your taste.


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