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A Dandy in Aspic (1968)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 2 April 1968 (USA)
During the Cold War, the British and Soviet intelligence services attempt to out-fox one another using the homesick double-agent Krasnevin as pawn in the complex spy-game.

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Pavel
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Miss Vogler
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Lake
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Brogue
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Lockwood West ...
Quince
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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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He is the Dandy! His mission is...murder! His victim is...himself! See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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2.35 : 1
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Principal photography production of this picture went over-schedule. 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.
Gatiss: Who do you think you are, Al Capone?
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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If You Want Love
by Ernie Sheldon and Quincy Jones
sung by Shirley Horn
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The decorative details sparkle like mad...too bad the plot is a dated dud
30 September 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Laurence Harvey plays a Russian-born spy based in London who is now working for both countries as a double-agent; he's assigned by the British to kill his alter-ego, and hopes to find a target to assume his alias. Opening with a wonderful credits sequence, "A Dandy in Aspic" looks initially to be an enjoyably old-fashioned Cold War excursion with such familiar elements as CIA operatives and the KGB. Unfortunately, though screenwriter Derek Marlowe adapted his own novel, the key ingredients of such a spy-drama appear to have gone missing; the film is all talky exposition and little pay-off. Mia Farrow continually pops up unannounced as Harvey's love-interest, probably in the faint hope we'll assume she's sneakily involved somehow. There are so many camera set-ups, verboten conversations, and obtuse face-offs that the overall effect is both exhausting and stultifying. Harvey took over the direction of the film after original director-producer Anthony Mann passed away unexpectedly. This must account for the funereal pacing and the cloudy character interaction, though the plot itself wasn't exactly timely--not even for 1968. Farrow (just prior to "Rosemary's Baby") adds quite a bit of gamine magic to the proceedings as an amateur photographer who appears to be following Harvey wherever he goes; it isn't much of a role, but Mia's beauty and youthful charm go a long way towards making the picture tolerable. Other assets: Quincy Jones' low-keyed score and the fine cinematography by Christopher Challis and Austin Dempster. ** from ****


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