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J. Lee Thompson
Shirley Anne Field
Loosely based on a true story, Christopher Plummer plays British bank robber Eddie Chapman who finds himself caught between the waring parties in WW2, the British and the Germans. working as a spy for both sides he tries to play the 3rd reich and the British against each other. the real life Chapman described himself as a completely 'amoral' person, which adds a nice philisophical touch to this somewhat colourful spy-flic. Is there any moral in making war ? Even if you're the 'good' fighting 'evil' ? Written by
While the movie ending implies that Baron Von Grunen (Yul Brynner) dies after being shot in the back (or allows the viewer to infer such), actually Chapman and Von Grunen remained friends after the war. Von Grunen even attended the wedding of Chapman's daughter. See more »
Near the beginning of this film set in 1939 Christopher Plummer is reading a 1966 newspaper with the front page headline "New Concord Cost Shock" See more »
[studying Chapman's criminal file]
Facing 14 years further imprisonment. That interests me. For what we have in mind, I think he has possibilities.
And for what *I* have in mind, *you* have possibilities...
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To anyone interested in the true story of Eddie Chapman I suggest that they round the book "Agent Zigzag".This film is an attempt to do a clone James Bond film complete with inappropriate 60s song blaring out over the credits.The first problem is that Christopher Plummer is totally miscast as Eddie Chapman.A couple of years later it would be Michael Caine who would have been chosen.The story veers so far from the true Chapman story as to be a complete fiction.There was no countess in the real story.It really is absurd particularly when she appears in a different haute couture creation in every scene.Chapman actually got very friendly with his German spy master,not as shown in the film.He was kept in a secret house in Hendon whilst in the UK.Along with his mistress.A lot of damage was done to a dummy factory,not to De Havillands itself.So in the end this tiresome fabrication ends up falling flat on its face.
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