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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 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 »
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Amusing spy-story about a double agent during WWII and allegedly based on true events
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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