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A Dandy in Aspic (1968)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  2 April 1968 (USA)
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Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying ... See full summary »

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Pavel
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Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying him on his mission is a ruthless partner, who gradually discovers his secret as Eberlin tries to maneuver himself out of a desperate situation. Written by alfiehitchie

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Laurence Harvey received top / first billing, Tom Courtenay received second billing and Mia Farrow received third billing. See more »

Quotes

Sobakevich: I mean, if you want to turn this into a gun war, it's all right with us - but our reserves are closer.
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Sobakevich: Who's Al Capone?
Gatiss: He was a megalomaniac gangster who murdered anyone who got in his way.
Sobakevich: Really? Whatever happened to him?
Gatiss: He changed his name to Stalin and moved to Russia.
Sobakevich: I thought he sounded familiar.
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Dull, Pointless, Super-Slow Spy Yarn
10 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

I found the dull, pointless A Dandy in Aspic a most disappointing movie when I saw it back in 1968. Alas, it proves equally time-wasting in its excellent Sony DVD version. Despite the credits, the film was not directed by Anthony Mann but by the far less talented Laurence Harvey (who gives a slack performance to boot). Mann died of heart attack in Berlin on 29 April 1967 after directing only a few location shots. Harvey gallantly picked up the reins, finished the German scenes and then did all the British location and studio shots, accounting for at least 99% of the film, which premiered in April, 1968, almost a year after Mann's death. True, Harvey was saddled with an impossible script. I assume the way that the totally extraneous Mia Farrow character keeps popping up in all sorts of really way-out places was supposed to be funny, and the totally far-fetched plot was perhaps intended as cynical satire; but Harvey plays all these ridiculous scenes (both as actor and director) dead serious with a banal over-use of close-ups and super-slow dialogue. Of the main stars, only Tom Courtenay manages to convey a hint of true characterization, although it's left solely to Lionel Stander, in a small, fleeting role, to convey just the right atmosphere of jocose, ruthless menace.


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