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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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Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
Anya (as Francoise Dorleac)
Col. Ross
Vladek Sheybal ...
Dr. Eiwort
Milo Sperber ...
Janos Kurutz ...
Latvian Gangster
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Latvian Gangster
Paul Tamarin ...
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Iza Teller ...
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Mark Elwes ...
Stanley Caine ...
G.P.O. Special Delivery Boy
Gregg Palmer ...
1st Dutch Businessman


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 <>

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Pow . . . Power . . . Brainpower


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Release Date:

20 December 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

10 Oku-doru no zunô  »

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2.35 : 1
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Michael Caine performed most of his own stunts. During the final ice floe scene, he almost slipped and fell into freezing water. See more »


When the virus-loaded eggs are examined in the secret lab they are extracted from an egg with the yolk. Viruses when bred in eggs do not reproduce in the yolk but in the cells of the living chicken embryo. See more »


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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Music by Stuart Crombie
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more like a 1 dollar brain
4 August 2008 | by (Vacaville, CA) – See all my reviews

This film hasn't much to recommend, aside from some nice location photography in Finland (standing in for Russia). It's too boring and low key to appeal to those looking for a James Bond type of film, and too goofy to appeal to those looking for a serious spy film. The goofy plot would look more at home in a Matt Helm film, except this film doesn't have the bevy of beauties that are rampant in the Helm movies to keep the eye's interest. The sole female of note in the cast is Francoise Dorleac (Catherine Deneuve's sister), who unfortunately died in a car crash not long after shooting most of her scenes. Michael Caine and Karl Malden clearly had fun playing off each other in their scenes, it's just too bad that they weren't doing a better movie.

This was Ken Russell's first theatrical film. At the time he was more known as a TV director. Some of his usual trademarks are already present, such as an overabundance of odd characters and experimental editing techniques.

With a title sequence at the beginning by Maurice Binder, who was also behind the vast majority of the James Bond title sequences, they give you reason to believe that you're in for something on the level of James Bond. But alas, it wasn't to be. Billion Dollar Brain was the last of the Harry Palmer franchise at the time. Michael Caine returned to the role however, for two USA Network TV movies which i haven't seen (yet).

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