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Triple Cross (1966)

Loosely based on a true story, Christopher Plummer plays British bank robber Eddie Chapman who finds himself caught between the warring parties in WW2, the British and the Germans. working ... See full summary »

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Colonel Steinhager (as Gert Froebe)
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Paulette
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Baron Von Grunen
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John Abbey ...
Lang
Gil Barber ...
Bergman
Jean-Claude Bercq ...
Major Von Leeb
Paul Bonifas ...
Charlie
Jean-Roger Caussimon ...
Luftwaffe General (as Jean Rene Caussimon)
Annette Claudier ...
Prison Clerk
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Loosely based on a true story, Christopher Plummer plays British bank robber Eddie Chapman who finds himself caught between the warring 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! See more »


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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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Terence Young's Triple Cross  »

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Distinguished Civilian (Freddie Young): Grill him for another four hours. If he survives that I think it will be safe to let him catch the ship tomorrow night. Gentlemen, thank you for your help. You've taught me one thing: Never let the Poles take you prisoner!
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Referenced in Romy (2009) See more »

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Triple Cross
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Music by Georges Garvarentz, Lyrics by Buddy Kaye
Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
Sung by Tony Allen
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potentially exciting story of a double agent
12 September 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

These international films were big in the '60s, and Triple Cross is no exception. It stars Christopher Plummer, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Yul Brynner, Gert Frobe, and Claudine Auger.

Triple Cross is loosely based on the exploits of Eddie Chapman, a successful thief who becomes an agent for the Germans and then an agent for the English, though he keeps working for the Germans.

The story is even more fascinating because it's true, but somehow, the film falls flat. Instead of being on the edge of your seat, you relax on the couch. Its pace was somewhat slow, the editing jumpy, and the film is short on action.

Christopher Plummer is a wonderful actor, but one gets the feeling that Eddie Chapman was scrappier and lower class than he's portrayed here. The beautiful Romy Schneider is wasted.

The film is directed by Terence Young, responsible for some wonderful films: Wait Until Dark and some James Bond films, and then some not as successful, such as one of the worst films ever made, Bloodline, and another bomb, Mayerling. So one can say he was inconsistent. Unfortunate.

There are apparently two books on Chapman which are probably more interesting.


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