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The Double Man (1967)

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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Cast

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Dan Slater / Kalmar
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Frank Wheatley
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Col. Berthold
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Mrs. Carrington
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Edwards
George Mikell ...
Max Gruner
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Gregori
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Anna Wheatley
David Bauer ...
Andrew Miller
Ronald Radd ...
Russian 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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1 May 1968 (USA)  »

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Ulla Jacobsson was offered Gina. See more »

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At 35:15 a line can be seen on the backdrop just before Berthold starts to ski after Slater and Gina. It appears again behind Berthold at 37:34. See more »

Quotes

Gregori: Good luck.
Kalmar: Who needs luck? We've got organization.
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from the '60s spy film era
28 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yul Brynner is "The Double Man" in this 1967 spy film also starring Britt Ekland, Clive Revill, Moira Lister, and Lloyd Nolan.

Brynner is Dan Slater, a CIA agent who travels to Austria after the death of his teenage son in a skiing accident. It's been written off as an accident, but Slater isn't convinced. He asks a former undercover agent (Clive Revill) for help, but ends up doing most of the investigating himself and soon realizes that this was no accident. But to what end? Slater stays in Austria hoping to figure out what the plan is, and who has initiated it and why. He eventually meets Gina (Ekland) after several attempts at meeting her on the slopes. Gina had seen his son on the lift.

The plot is soon revealed, leading to a dangerous confrontation.

Pretty good, with an excellent performance by Brynner as a cold, hard man who shows no emotion and perhaps feels none. Also, the scenery is gorgeous, as is Britt Ekland, at the height of her beauty here.

Someone here mentioned that the glossy spoofs are better remembered today, and perhaps that poster is correct. However, I don't think there's too much remarkable here. It's a serviceable film with a very intrusive music score.

See it for Brynner's performance.


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