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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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Distinguished Civilian (Freddie Young)
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Colonel Steinhager (as Gert Frobe)
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Paulette
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Baron Von Grunen
Georges Lycan ...
Leo
Jess Hahn ...
Commander Braid
Harry Meyen ...
Lieutenant Keller
Gil Barber ...
Bergman
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)
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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 Void-4 <stringybark@iname.com>

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MASTER-CRIMINAL! SUPER-SPY! AND ALL TRUE!


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Rated PG for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »
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9 December 1966 (France)  »

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The United Artists soundtrack album was arranged and conducted by Roland Shaw, but he did not work on the film's original score. See more »

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The Lusitania is pictured on the newspaper's front page, with two stacks. But the Lusitania had four. See more »

Quotes

Countess: [studying Chapman's criminal file] Facing 14 years further imprisonment. That interests me. For what we have in mind, I think he has possibilities.
Eddie Chapman: And for what *I* have in mind, *you* have possibilities...
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Triple Cross
Written by 'Georges Garvarentz' (qv ) and Buddy Kaye
Performed by Tony Allan
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Plummer's no Connery
25 September 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Terence Young directed the first two James Bond films and magnificently set the style of the series. He tries to bring some of that flamboyance to "Triple Cross", down to a title song which should have been sung by Shirley Bassey. But this wartime shaggy-dog espionage yarn resisted the 007 treatment and laid a big egg.

Compared with, say, "Five Fingers" or "I Was Monty's Double", "Triple Cross" is sluggish. It's a European co-production, always a difficult diplomatic problem, and the cast is a mini-United Nations: a Canadian as the secret agent, a British spy master, Germans, an Austrian love interest and Yul Brynner, whose origins (like those of the slab in "2001") were still a total mystery.

Christopher Plummer is sleek and sardonic as Eddie Chapman, a master safe cracker and in reality a working class charmer from North East England who had been a Guardsman; here he seems more of a toff, like Raffles or Bond. The bare bones of his story were true and incredible enough not to need polishing.

Eddie was in jail in the Channel Island of Jersey when the Germans occupied it in 1940 (by air, not as shown here from ships docked directly under Chapman's cell). He offered himself as a Nazi spy to get back to England. There he immediately re-ratted and got sent to Germany, where he trained other agents whom the British caught and turned. The unsuspecting Nazis were so pleased with his apparent perfidy that he was given the Iron Cross. Hence the film's title.

Brynner is a "good German" colonel, an anti-Nazi aristo who pays the price of involvement in the Hitler assassination plot. Among other heel-clickers who think they are controlling Chapman is Gert Frobe-- so that's what Goldfinger was up to before he became a card sharp in Miami. Trevor Howard sports an ugly little ginger beard. Romy Schneider, no longer the plump little ingenue of the Sissi trilogy, is sharp-jawed and wan as Eddie's aristocratic girlfriend.

Their lack of chemistry underscores Plummer's lack of sex appeal. He was losing the kudos he had gained as Baron von Trapp-- maybe he'd have felt more at ease in Brynner's part-- and his stellar status was as brief as Julie Andrews's. Eddie Chapman fared better. Given a blanket amnesty at the war's end, he married and lived long, prosperously and respectably.


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