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Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

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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Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
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Col. Ross
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Basil
Janos Kurutz ...
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Latvian Gangster
Paul Tamarin ...
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Iza Teller ...
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Mark Elwes ...
Birkenshaw
Stanley Caine ...
G.P.O. Special Delivery Boy
Gregg Palmer ...
First 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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Françoise Dorléac died in a car accident four months before the release of the film. See more »

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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

Harry Palmer: You mean you really are going to try to start a revolution?
General Midwinter: When the Hungarian people rose up in 1956 and they called to the world for help, to our everlasting shame, we failed them. I tell you, boy, we will not make that mistake again. When the people of Latvia rise up and call for help - and they will - my organization with all its resources will be right there. And once we have shown the way, the United States government and all the governments of the Free World will follow. I know!
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Follows Funeral in Berlin (1966) See more »

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Thunderbird
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Weird - (if you are Finnish you must see this film)
19 November 2004 | by (Slough, England) – See all my reviews

Definitely an odd film, it is best to take it as a parody of the spy-film genre: as such it is enjoyable. Michael Caine is mostly sort of half bemused and half confused as the hapless Harry Palmer whose job is drawing him deeper into insanity and mayhem. And implausibility. The culminating scene is, well, pure symphony of the best (read:trash) special effects of the day. The plot is full of twists and double-crosses, and includes a Texan bent on taking over the world (how very now).

If you are Finnish, or have visited Finland, the experience is either heightened or or lowered: Billion Dollar Brain is one of the films where Finland stands as a location-double for the unaccessible Soviet Union. It is hard to concentrate on the plot, when first Helsinki is playing Helsinki, then Porvoo is in Russia, and Riga is again in Helsinki. The border is seemingly in Hameenlinna. One ends up wondering how Harry does not realize his train is going merely back and forth. Location-spotting can keep you amused as well, though.


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