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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

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies
  • 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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Françoise Dorléac died in a car accident four months before the release of the film.See more »
Factual errors: When Palmer and Newbigen are removed from the Helskini-Moscow train, Anya removes a pistol from her pocket, and fires nine rounds, killing Midwinter's two stooges. The gun she pulled was a Smith and Wesson "Bodyguard" which holds just five shots.See more »
Colonel Stok:He was a very stupid man. A patriot, of course... very brave... During a war, such men earn medals, win victories... we are proud of them. But at such a time as now, a little bit stupid.See more »
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Worst of the trilogy -- but entertaining enough for a wet Sunday., 4 June 2007
Author: Peter Hayes from United Kingdom

A mad Texas general wants to start to overthrow parts of the satellite Eastern Block using his own private army and super computer. Reluctant secret agent - and former crooked army sergeant - Harry Palmer is given the job of trying to stop him before it is too late.

Last of the three HP films made for the cinema.

What a silly idea this film is based on. For a start the plot is far too James Bond for a series whose raison d'etre is to be anti James Bond and besides how can a basic Honeywell Computer (with punch cards) be worth a billion dollars? The thing had about as much power as a Sinclair Spectrum!

Star Caine looks bored to death with all this nonsense and chases around Finland looking like he would rather have been anywhere else but here - and I don't think it is all skilled acting. Director Ken Russell has his supporters and fans, although every passing years his supporters seemed less-and-less inclined to put their hands in their pocket for his product. He became a clapped out old duffer very early in life.

Danger, tension and silly are not easy bedfellows and even solid pros like Malden, Begley and Caine cannot breath much life in to this race-and-chase nonsense. Although Ed Begley chews up the set as a red-baiting Texan general gone mad in a bunker. Part Hitler, part Sterling Hayden in Doctor Strangelove.

Russian general Colonel Stock (Oskar Homolka) turns up again to reprise his role from Funeral in Berlin, even though it makes no sense to the plot - why would the enemy (in the cold war) help a British agent? Last thing on earth he would do unless he had gone stark raving mad or liked Gulag food.

Despite the series coming back much later as a made-for-TV double (made back-to-back) the show had clearly had its day. I could have lived without seeing this and you could too.

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