Triple Cross (1966)

PG  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  9 December 1966 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Distinguished Civilian (Freddie Young)
Colonel Steinhager (as Gert Frobe)
Baron Von Grunen
Georges Lycan ...
Jess Hahn ...
Commander Braid
Harry Meyen ...
Lieutenant Keller
Gil Barber ...
Jean-Claude Bercq ...
Major Von Leeb
Jean Claudio ...
Sergeant Thomas
Robert Favart ...
General Dalrymple
Bernard Fresson ...
French Resistant (Raymond)
Clément Harari ...
Losch (as Clement Harari)


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 Void-4 <>

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ON THE SCREEN AT LAST - the fantastic true story of Eddie Chapman, ex-safecracker turned war hero. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »





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Release Date:

9 December 1966 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Terence Young's Triple Cross  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


During the multi-service conference where the Germans were trying to decide what Eddie's next mission should be, Baron Von Grunen reads an intelligence bulletin referring to reports of an army being formed in the Portsmouth area, "possibly to be commanded by General Patton". The Colonel General then comments "Identify this US Third Army...". In actuality the fake army Patton was supposed to be commanding was widely known as The First US Army Group (FUSAG) and was part of the disinformation campaign known as Operation Fortitude and was designed to make the Germans think the invasion would be at Calais. The Third Army wasn't a part of WWII combat operations until after the Normandy breakout when Patton assumed command. See more »


Eddie Chapman: I want the German commandant!
Jersey Prison Warder: Oh, *that* again...!
Eddie Chapman: Yes, "that again"... and tell him that I *don't* like to be kept *waiting*!
Jersey Prison Warder: You're a cocky one!
Eddie Chapman: Look, if we don't push *ourselves*, no one else ever will! And let me tell you something: the more scared you are, *talk louder*! You'll get away with *murder*!
Eddie Chapman: Now go and tell the commandant I want to see him!
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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (1999) See more »


Triple Cross
Written by Georges Garvarentz and Buddy Kaye
Performed by Tony Allan
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Amusing spy-story about a double agent during WWII and allegedly based on true events
8 May 2009 | by See all my reviews

This espionage-Flic based on fact concerns about astute safe-cracker named David Chapman(Christopher Plummer) who encounters himself working for both contenders in the 40s , as German secret service commanded by a baron(Yul Brynner) and a colonel(Get Frobe) and British military(led by Trevor Howard and Jess Hahn). Meanwhile he falls in love with a gorgeous resistance fighter(Claudine Auger) and a mysterious German countess(Romy Schneider). Chapman attempts to cheat both sides and play each other. The he's sent a dangerous mission and parachuted at England with objective to reconnaissance and factories sabotages. He's even decorated by General Von Runstedt(Marcel Journet).

Based on real events starred by a real bank robber named Eddie Chapman, this film packs action, suspense, warlike feats and is quite entertaining. First rate main cast as Christopher Plummer as amoral but sympathetic double agent adding a bemusing touch , Yul Brynner as disillusioned German officer, a Von Stauffemberg-alike, and a splendid Get Frobe as cunning Colonel. Ample and stunning supporting cast with a magnificent Trevor Howard, and beautiful Claudine Auger and Romy Schneider, among others. Appear uncredited prestigious secondaries as Gordon Jackson, Howard Vernon,Bernard Fresson and Gordon Jackson. Colorful and evocative cinematography by Henry Alekan, Terence Young's usual cameraman(Mayerling,Poppies are also flowers). Enjoyable musical score by George Garvarentz in a James Bond style. The motion picture is regularly directed by Terence Young but contains some flaws and gaps, though tension at times, as well. The film was realized in his best period when he made the classic Bonds films(Dr No, From Russia with love and Thunderball). Rating : Acceptable and passable.

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