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Sebastian (1968)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 March 1969 (Sweden)
A British mathematician, working on code decryption, unexpectedly falls in love with another decrypter. This leads them to a complicated intrigue within the codebreakers.



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Complete credited cast:
Rebecca Howard
Elsa Shahn
Head of Intelligence
Carol Fancy
Gen. Phillips
Miss Elliott
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Beach ...
James Belchamber ...
Man with Dog
Veronica Clifford ...
Charles Farrell ...
Taxi Driver
Alan Freeman ...
TV Disc Jockey
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Chess Player
Portland Mason ...
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A British mathematician, working on code decryption, unexpectedly falls in love with another decrypter. This leads them to a complicated intrigue within the codebreakers. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Nobody knows what he does... just that he has 100 girls to do it with! See more »


Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

10 March 1969 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Sebastian  »

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(RCA Recording System)


(Prints by Technicolor)| (Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dirk Bogarde was invariably very unwilling to do promotional work for his films, so it was a surprise when, at the time this film opened in New York, he did a series of interviews for American radio and on local TV talk shows to advertise it. His reason was, however, unconnected with any enthusiasm for the movie - he had been holidaying in the US and had run out of money, and so agreed to do this work in return for Paramount paying his expenses to get home. See more »


Miss Elliott: [answering the phone] Abbey nine seven double three...
Rebecca Howard: Is there someone there called, Sebastian... oh... Sebastian someone?
Miss Elliott: Mister Sebastian...
Rebecca Howard: I met him in Oxford in the spring and he offered me a job
Miss Elliott: Hold on
Sebastian: [to Sebastian] A girl who says you offered her a job... in the spring
Sebastian: In the spring?
Miss Elliott: At Oxford
Sebastian: Ah! Licence number 66-0-F-Y-H
[he picks up the handset]
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The Coolest Of Them All...
10 August 1999 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The Coolest Of Them All...

I have strong reasons to believe that is one of the best movies ever made, for it has achieved an accomplishment that was never achieved by any other so - called classics of the late 60s, like 'Blow-Up!' or even the hideously uneven 'Casino Royale'. It succeeds in exposing London's hypnotic late60s atmosphere as well as telling us, viewers, an interesting and rewarding story. It basically consists on the love story between Sebastian, a counter-intelligence agent that works on deciphering codes for England that recruits to work for him - while recruiting girls for his office, he encounters flashy, fashionable, London chick Becky Howard - played to perfection by Susannah York - who becomes one of his employees as well as his lover. She finds terribly hard to keep up with his cold, uninteresting, unappealing life-style, and of not at all being a priority to the man she loves. She leaves him - and it's his turn to find how difficult life is without her. He beguins to fail on his job, to the point of almost been killed by an enemy agent. He decides to leave his pride and go after her - only to find her living alone with a baby, who turns out to be his! He asks her to come back and events lead to a jolly happy ending.

Trust me, this is the most exciting journey into 60s popculture that ever was. The coolest of them all, only topped by the also wonderful 'The President's Analyst', featuring great performances by both leads and for co-starring seniors as Lilli Palmer and Sir John Gielgud, and a beguiling soundtrack by Jerry Goldsmith - Listen closely to the tune 'Comes The Night', sung by Anita Harris. Do not, I repeat, do not, miss this one! Yours Truly - Ismar

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