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Sebastian (1968)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 March 1969 (Sweden)
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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Sebastian
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Rebecca Howard
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Elsa Shahn
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Head of Intelligence
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Carol Fancy
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Toby
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Gen. Phillips
Margaret Johnston ...
Miss Elliott
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Beach ...
Pamela
James Belchamber ...
Man with Dog
Veronica Clifford ...
Ginny
Charles Farrell ...
Taxi Driver
Alan Freeman ...
TV Disc Jockey
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
Chess Player
Portland Mason ...
'UG' Girl
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Storyline

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 »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

10 March 1969 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Sebastian  »

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(RCA Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally planned as a reunion between the writer (Leo Marks) and the director (Michael Powell) of Peeping Tom (1960), this was inspired by Marks's own wartime career as an ace code-breaker. However, the notoriety of "Peeping Tom" made it hard to get the project off the ground. Powell became connected with American producer Herbert Brodkin during the making of the TV series Espionage (1963), and hoped that Brodkin's interest would get "Sebastian" made; when it finally was, both he and Marks were replaced. Powell had to be content with a producing credit, whilst Marks was credited solely with the story. See more »

Quotes

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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Out of My Mind
Performed by Max Baer & The Chicago Setback
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" The secret to breaking codes is to remember that mathematics is the key "
23 August 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

During the war most of the men who served in the War department were soldiers off in some country trying to kill one another. Thus women with nothing more to do than answer telephones and take messages, were recruited to play with words and numbers. Thus the thrust of this film called " Sebastian " who is gifted with a remarkable ability of breaking intricate secret codes. Dirk Bogarde is Sebastian who assembles a bevy of women to work for the Civil Service breaking secret codes. He is serious about his work and is diligent in remaining single minded towards his job. However in selecting an all female staff, he inadvertently selects one who is attracted to him and this leads to complications. Secrets are the mainstay of his work and that leaves little time for romance. However his latest acquisition (Susannah York) soon causes much disturbance in his private life and that allows a criminal element (Ronald Fraser) to use it against him. Donald Sutherland plays the America, Ackerman who invites Sebastian to help him break a very unusual and complicated Russian spy code, The movie is interesting and primarily a romantic chick flick, but It is also interesting to see an international film star like Sutherland playing such a bit part in his early career. Still, I would recommend it because of the two serious actors combine to make his movie a Classic in the 1960's. ****


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