A thought provoking film with one of the most under-rated actors of his genre, the late Vladek Sheybal. His character, Oleg, is the mastermind behind The Limbo Line itself and as usual, the actor portrays the character as a cold hearted mercenary type who 'arranges' for defectors to be repatriated against their will, always dragged from the arms of their loved ones and spirited away into heaven alone knows where. This story follows the attempted repatriation of a ballet dancer played by Kate O'Mara. The result is a cat and mouse chase involving British agents as they allow her to be taken in their attempt to expose The Limbo Line ... and the man behind it! Does she escape? Do they get their man? you'll have to watch the film (yes, I know it is rarer than hen's teeth ... but it is worth looking out for).
Vladek Sheybal was probably perfectly cast as the mastermind behind this 're-patriation' process, seeing it from the other side as it were. In his early days at Oxford, he was almost spirited away by one of these faceless mercenaries himself. If nothing else, Vladek Sheybal was a brave and courageous man, and a mesmerising talent on screen.
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