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Former CIA man, Bill Fenner, now a downbeat, loner journalist, is sent to Venice to investigate the shock suicide bombing by an American diplomat at a peace conference.

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Bill Fenner
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Sandra Fane
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Claire Connor
Karlheinz Böhm ...
Robert Wahl (as Karl Boehm)
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Giulia Almeranti
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Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud
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Mike Ballard
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Frank Rosenfeld
Joe De Santis ...
Jan Aarvan
Fabrizio Mioni ...
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Wesley Lau ...
Neill Carlson
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After an American diplomat inexplicably explodes a bomb during an international peace conference in Venice, killing himself and everyone in the room, CIA boss Frank Rosenfeld calls ex-agent Bill Fenner in on the case. Fenner is forced to find his ex-wife and save her from the clutches of both the good guys and the bad guys, while still obtaining the Vaugiroud report and uncovering the bombing conspiracy. Written by Daniel Bolton

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Vaughn! Venice! Vooom!

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2 March 1967 (West Germany)  »

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Intriga en Venecia  »

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First theatrical feature film directed by Jerry Thorpe. Thorpe mostly worked in television except for this film and Day of the Evil Gun (1968) made and released a year later. See more »

Quotes

Bill Fenner: Wait -- what's your hurry?
Guilia Almeranti: What's yours?
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Referenced in Italy's in Season (1967) See more »

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Our Venetian Affair
Words by Hal Winn
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by Julius LaRosa
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I had read the book before the movie was made.
26 January 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being in high school at the time my friends and I read all the spy novels we could get our hands on. I had read 'The Spy Who Came in From The Cold'. The book and movie were both first class. Then I read 'The Venitian Affair' and it was also top notch, a first class suspense novel with all the twists and turns, very dark. When they announced that Robert Vaunghn was going to play the lead we were ecstatic. Unfortunately, the movie, while not bad, just didn't live up to the billing. Why, well the book was almost 500 pages and the movie was 89 minutes. The movie skips a lot of details and worse, it tries to rush to fit as much as possible in. James Bond thrillers are non-stop action, but most realist spy movies are slower and paced, as is most real spying. It feels like they tried to do this on a budget and use TV pacing. Hiring Vaughn was probably due in part to his television background, thinking he would be more acceptable to this approach. He wasn't and it shows. Being a real actor with the chops to really shine in a great role, he must have been very disappointed when he got the final script. It lacked much of the character development and brooding pace. As I said, it's not a bad movie, just far short of it's potential. And, there is the classic line from the airport scene when he first lands in Veinna. Read the book after seeing the movie, it's a classic spy novel with tension that crackles.


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