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Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

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A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?

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Oskar Homolka ...
Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
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Anya (as Francoise Dorleac)
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Col. Ross
Vladek Sheybal ...
Dr. Eiwort
Milo Sperber ...
Basil
Janos Kurutz ...
Latvian Gangster
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Latvian Gangster
Paul Tamarin ...
Latvian Gangster
Iza Teller ...
Latvian Gangster
Mark Elwes ...
Birkenshaw
Stanley Caine ...
G.P.O. Special Delivery Boy
Gregg Palmer ...
1st Dutch Businessman
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Harry Palmer has left the British Secret Service and become a private detective. One of his first assignments is to deliver an apparently innocent thermos flask to an old friend in Helsinki, Palmer is suspicious of the flask contents and begins to doubt the motives of his friend and those of his boss a Texan billionaire. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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Pow . . . Power . . . Brainpower

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20 December 1967 (USA)  »

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A milliárd dolláros agy  »

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Trivia

Although the film follows the novel quite closely, for unknown reasons Karl Malden's character name was changed from "Harvey Newbegin" in the book, to "Leo Newbigen" for the film. See more »

Goofs

The three 'Russian' bombers taking off to bomb the lorries on the ice-flow are Canberra bombers. It is unlikely that the Russians, even in their Baltic bases, would be using such aircraft See more »

Quotes

Col.Ross: Of course you realize I could draft you back any time I like, but I'm doing the decent thing and asking you to come back, you should be bloody gratefull.
Harry Palmer: I'd be bloody grateful if you'd leave, Colonel.
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Followed by Spy Story (1976) See more »

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A Hard Day's Night
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Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Capitol Records
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Minor but enjoyable
5 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Enjoyable if dated, they are still using punch cards to program their computers!, espionage thriller with a solid cast. Caine is cool as ice as the reluctant protagonist casting a jaundiced eye on all the shenanigans going on around him. Francoise Dorleac is a lovely mystery woman although her character seems to vanish at several key points in the film when it feels like she would be there. This might be because she was killed in a traffic accident while the picture was still filming necessitating a rethinking to still make her completed work usable. She's quite magnetic, her resemblance to her sister Catherine Deneuve is striking, and her death cut short a career that was already very successful in France and was starting to expand worldwide. Ed Begley also stands out, having a great time as a crazy old coot. Subtle he ain't but memorable for sure.


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