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Len Deighton (novel)
John McGrath (screenplay)
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12 January 1968 (Ireland) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Michael Caine ... Harry Palmer

Karl Malden ... Leo Newbigen

Ed Begley ... Gen. Midwinter

Oskar Homolka ... Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)

Françoise Dorléac ... Anya (as Francoise Dorleac)

Guy Doleman ... 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 ... First Dutch Businessman
John Herrington ... 2nd Dutch Businessman
Hans De Vries ... 3rd Dutch Businessman
Fred Griffiths ... Taxi Driver
John Brandon ... Jim
Tony Harwood ... Macey

Donald Sutherland ... Scientist at Computer
Michael Stayner ... Scientist
George Roubicek ... Edgar

Brandon Brady ... Chief of Security
Alex Marchevsky ... Russian Radar Operator
Peter Forest ... 2nd Russian Radar Operator
Reed De Rouen ... 1st Observer
James Woolf ... Caller
Miki Iveria ... Russian Woman in Train

Susan George ... Russian Girl on Train
Jill Mai Meredith ... Russian Girl on Train
Dolly Brennan ... Old Woman in Gangsters Hut
Frederick Schrecker ... Old Man in Train
Bill Mitchell ... Guard - Ext. Midwinter's House
Steve Emerson ... Russian Plainclothesman
Mark Moss ... Russian Plainclothesman
Max Kirby ... Shoe Shop Assistant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beau Daniels ... The Texan (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Cowboy at Barndance (uncredited)

Åke Lindman ... Extra (uncredited)

Pirkko Mannola ... Extra (uncredited)
Alex 'Alien' Russell ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Ken Russell 
Writing credits
Len Deighton (novel "Billion Dollar Brain")

John McGrath (screenplay)

Produced by
André De Toth .... executive producer (as Andre De Toth)
Harry Saltzman .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Rodney Bennett 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. 
Production Design by
Syd Cain 
Art Direction by
Bert Davey 
Makeup Department
Benny Royston .... makeup artist
Joan Smallwood .... hairdresser
Freddie Williamson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Eva Monley .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Causey .... assistant director
Jim Brennan .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ariel Levy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Colin Grimes .... assistant art director
Ken Softley .... contruction manager
Sound Department
Teddy Mason .... sound editor (as Ted Mason)
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Graham V. Hartstone .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Kit West .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Claydon .... camera assistant
David Harcourt .... camera operator
David Wynn-Jones .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John Brady .... wardrobe
Shirley Russell .... costumes: Françoise Dorléac (as Shirley Kingdon)
Margaret Lewin .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Willy Kemplen .... associate editor
Location Management
Robert Watts .... location manager
Music Department
Marcus Dods .... conductor
Other crew
Maurice Binder .... title designer
Angela Martelli .... continuity
Harry Saltzman .... presenter
Alan Arnold .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Leo Jormanainen .... interpreter: Finnish-English (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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  • Chombert  furs for Françoise Dorléac (as Chombert of Paris)
  • Honeywell  the producers wish to thank for the use of their facilities

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111 min
Color (as De Luxe)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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The three main actors have all won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Michael Caine for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and The Cider House Rules (1999), Karl Malden for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), and Ed Begley for Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). (The latter two being in adaptations of Tennessee Williams' plays.) In addition, Michael Caine was nominated four more times for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Karl Malden once more for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for On the Waterfront (1954). Also, Oscar Homolka earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for I Remember Mama (1948). In total, there are four wins and eight nominations among the cast.See more »
Continuity: When Harry is held captive with his hands tied behind his back in General Midwinter's firing range, his glasses are on when he is standing up, disappear when he is sitting down but re-appear when he stands up.See more »
General Midwinter:You like the sound of gunfire? Me, I *love* it!
Harry Palmer:Who are you fighting, General?
General Midwinter:You don't know what's going on in the world, son. There's only one important issue in this world today: communism. That's the threat. That's what's important. You Europeans, you don't know anything about it. You've all been brainwashed by the communists. Just like those politicians in Washington!... Communism threatens Europe. And Europe has got to fight back against communism. Close ranks. Hit them hard - real hard! You understand me, boy?
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not brilliant, but a good 1960's period piece, 27 December 2000
Author: foz-3

You can always tell Ken Russell's arty farty and not wholly successful direction in this film. Some of the scenes are just plain eccentric, but add a certain charm, especially when coupled with the wonderful Finland scenery. Definitely not as good as the Ipcress File, but still worth a look as an interesting 1960's period piece. It's the familiar Cold War story though this time Deighton has introduced a slightly more inventive, albeit fantastic plot. In this film it revolves around a billionaire nutcase who has built a super computer that is orchestrating an anti-communist revolution. As it's the late 1960's, when sophisticated computers were becoming in vogue, expect the usual enormous mainframe with lots of flashing lights, reel to reel memory banks, clackerty-clack machines which spew paper out and electronic noises nicked from James Bond films. I'm sure I saw some of the equipment in You Only Live Twice filmed in the same year. Also, I can't decide whether the soundtrack is good or rubbish - it sounds disjointed and inappropriate in some places. However, worth a look.

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