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The Double Man (1967)

 -  Mystery | Thriller  -  1 May 1968 (USA)
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In a complex piece of espionage the Russian secret service attempts to kidnap a high ranking officer in the CIA and replace him with a double of its own.

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Dan Slater / Kalmar
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Frank Wheatley
Anton Diffring ...
Col. Berthold
Moira Lister ...
Mrs. Carrington
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Edwards
George Mikell ...
Max Gruner
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Gregori
Julia Arnall ...
Anna Wheatley
David Bauer ...
Andrew Miller
Ronald Radd ...
General
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Police Chief
David Healy ...
Halstead
Carl Jaffe ...
Police Surgeon
Douglas Muir ...
Wilfred
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Following the death of his son, in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps, the cold and emotion-less Dan Slater travels to Austria for the funeral. In the face of official indifference he decides to investigate and little by little strange inconsistencies start to appear leading Dan to conclude that the death of his son was no accident. A retired, former undercover operative, Frank Wheatley, whom he had hoped would watch out for his son proves useless as Dan seeks out the murderer's. Eventually, Dan finds Gina, the companion of wealthy socialite Mrs. Carrington, who puts him on the correct trail little realizing that he is falling into a cunning, cleverly thought out trap laid by Berthold. Berthold hopes to kidnap Slater and substitute him with an exact double in order to obtain a mole in the highest echelons of the CIA. Will he succeed or will Frank and Gina realize something is amiss and rescue Slater? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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The key man to the most daring plot ever concocted by the secret agents of two worlds!

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Mystery | Thriller

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Legacy of a Spy  »

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A line can be seen on the backdrop just before Berthold starts to ski after Slater and Gina. See more »

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Gregori: Good luck.
Kalmar: Who needs luck? We've got organization.
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Frantically catchy soundtrack
9 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Double Man beat much of the competition into the Alps, when movies were helping to glamorise skiing holidays. While The Pink Panther had a ski lodge segment, The Double Man anticipates the cable car action and snowy settings of Where Eagles Dare and On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Interesting to note that the director would soon be working on the iconic Planet Of The Apes.

Added to the admirable location work are the international cast. There are no stars besides Yul Brynner, but there are several actors I have a lot of time for. Clive Revill in particular adds a solid emotional punching bag for Brynner. His intense and downbeat performance is in contrast to his usual extroverted and comedy roles. Anton Diffring was too often cast as Nazi baddies, but could easily deliver menace without a uniform. He starred in several classic horror films of the period, like Circus of Horrors and The Man Who Cheated Death. A young Britt Ekland amply provides glamour here, before she broke it big as a Bond girl.

I grew up watching this movie on TV and always tuned in for the cast, the twisty plot and especially the music. It's a little OTT in places but frantically catchy, pumping up the excitement even when there's little of it on screen. The special effects work is subtle and really convincing in selling the central twist...

I'm very pleased to see that at least this is out now on DVD in Germany, with an English language voice track option.


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