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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gen. Midwinter
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

Ken Russell was contractually obligated to direct the film. He did not want to do it, but according to him "it was shoved down my throat". See more »

Goofs

When Harry Palmer is being taken to the concert, he passes a sign in Russian that says "Mopchdt" which is a meaningless unpronounceable misspelling of "Molchat" meaning "silence". See more »

Quotes

Leo Newbigen: [Nude in the sauna with Anya] Harry hey, what do you think, huh? Isn't she something?
Harry Palmer: Yeah, she's great. How's the wife and kids, Leo?
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Followed by Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996) See more »

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Fashion Bazaar
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Music by Stuart Crombie
Bosworth Music Ltd
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A Few Foot Notes
29 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just wanted to add a few foot notes concerning the vastly under rated plot line of Billion Dollar Brain. The character of Midwinter was actually based on H. L. Hunt, the Texas oil and ketchup king who ran his own international spy network (occasionally doing jobs on the side for the CIA), was insanely anti-Russian, and (according to the death bed claims of E. Howard Hunt) may have bank rolled the murder of JFK.

When the film was first released, many critics felt that the computer system was a sill sci-fi element. In reality, the US was already involved in the creation of the internet system. Since it was suppose to be top secret, it is a little surprisingly that they didn't utter a peep.

Virtually all American critics at the time took swipes at the film for it's intense anti-American statement. It was the Sixties, the Vietnam was still burning hot, and attacks on stupid war waging Texans seemed pretty cheap and easy. Today, after 7 years of George W. and Dick Cheney, the film almost looks like a news program.


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