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Director:
Writers:
Blake Edwards (written by) and
William Peter Blatty (written by)
Contact:
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Release Date:
24 June 1970 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
She gave away secrets to one side and her heart to the other. See more »
Plot:
Set during WWI, this movie is a cute spin on the Mata Hari legend. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Put it out on DVD, fer Chrissakes! See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Julie Andrews ... Lili Smith

Rock Hudson ... Major William Larrabee

Jeremy Kemp ... Colonel Kurt Von Ruger
Lance Percival ... T.C. Carstairs
Michael Witney ... Lt. Youngblood Carson
Gloria Paul ... Crepe Suzette
Jacques Marin ... Major Duvalle
André Maranne ... Lt. Liggett

Bernard Kay ... Bedford
Doreen Keogh ... Emma
Carl Duering ... General Kessler

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Otto Kraus
Laurie Main ... French General
Louis Mercier ... French General
Arthur Gould-Porter ... Sergeant Wells
Ingo Mogendorf ... Baron Manfred von Richtofen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Armstrong ... Squadron Pilot (uncredited)
Yves Barsacq ... French General (uncredited)
Roland Blondy ... Pilot (uncredited)
Nick Bolin ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Olivier Briac ... Pilot (uncredited)
Patrick Bricard ... Pilot (uncredited)
Heinz Brinkmann ... U-Boat Sailor (uncredited)
Albert Carrier ... Night Club M.C. (uncredited)
Jerry Catron ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
Craig Chudy ... Squadron Pilot (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Waiter (uncredited)
Marcel d'Orval ... General (uncredited)
George Dega ... French General (uncredited)
Jean Del Val ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Daniel Dhubert ... English Soldier (uncredited)
Alain Doutey ... English Soldier (uncredited)
Walter Friedel ... Submarine Commander (uncredited)
Axel Ganz ... German Officer (uncredited)
Michel Garland ... Pilot (uncredited)
Peter Hellman ... U-Boat Sailor (uncredited)
Danny Klega ... Submarine Executive Officer (uncredited)
Bernard La Jarrige ... French Pilot Singing 'La Marseillaise' (uncredited)
James Lanphier ... Hungarian Maitre D' with Larrabee (uncredited)
Jeff Lawrence ... Squadron Pilot (uncredited)
Niall MacGinnis ... Von Hindenburg (uncredited)
Karine Marceau ... Young Woman (uncredited)
Jerry Martin ... Maitre D' (uncredited)
Richard Monahan ... Dancer (uncredited)
Mimi Monti ... Chanteuse (uncredited)
D.W. Owen ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
George Paul ... Juggler (uncredited)
Tony Rödel ... German Officer (uncredited)
Franz Sauer ... German Officer (uncredited)
Ray Saunders ... Juggler (uncredited)
Rolfe Sedan ... French Stage Manager (uncredited)
Dan Siretta ... Dancer (uncredited)
Aram Stephan ... Gatekeeper (uncredited)
Bruce Stowell ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jerry Summers ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
Herb Tanney ... Gypsy Violinist (uncredited)
Jim Taylor ... Dancer (uncredited)
Yvan Varco ... Pilot (uncredited)
Max Vialle ... English Soldier (uncredited)
Ken Wales ... Gypsy (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder ... Member of Stock Company (uncredited)
Sherri Zak ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Jean-Pierre Zola ... German Officer (uncredited)
Jacqueline Zouary ... Gouvernante (uncredited)

Directed by
Blake Edwards 
 
Writing credits
Blake Edwards (written by) and
William Peter Blatty (written by)

Produced by
Owen Crump .... executive producer
Blake Edwards .... producer
Ken Wales .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Henry Mancini 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Zinner 
 
Production Design by
Fernando Carrere 
 
Set Decoration by
Reg Allen 
Jack Stevens 
 
Costume Design by
Jack Bear 
 
Makeup Department
Willard Buell .... makeup artist
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (as Lynn Reynolds)
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist (as Allen Snyder)
 
Production Management
John R. Coonan .... production manager (as John Coonan)
Fred Lemoine .... unit production manager
Jack McEdward .... unit production manager
Curtis Mick .... unit production manager
Howard Roessel .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Crockett .... second unit director
Mickey McCardle .... assistant director
Anthony Squire .... director: aerial sequences
Ariel Levy .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gene Marum .... second assistant director (uncredited)
William R. Poole .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Slazenger .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Bernard Stora .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John R. Carter .... production sound recordist (as John Carter)
Fred Hynes .... supervising stereophonic re-recordist
 
Visual Effects by
Linwood G. Dunn .... special photographic effects
Rex Wimpy .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Ken Byrne .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Summers .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Glenn R. Wilder .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Stanley .... first assistant camera
Guy Tabary .... photographer: aerial sequences
Harold E. Wellman .... photographer: second unit
Arthur Lemming .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Donald Brooks .... costume designer: Miss Andrews
Marvin Hime .... jeweller: Miss Andrews
Bill Hargate .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ken Rudolph .... apprentice editor
Donald Freeman .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Alan Copeland .... choral supervisor
Harper MacKay .... vocal coach
Henry Mancini .... composer: songs
Johnny Mercer .... lyricist
Hermes Pan .... stager: musical numbers
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Arthur Dunne .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Hermes Pan .... choreographer and staging
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
USA:107 min (director's cut) | 143 min (with overture and exit music) | USA:136 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Mono (35 mm prints)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Most of the movie was filmed in the spring of 1968.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In several interior scenes, Rock Hudson's hair style and sideburns are drastically shorter than in the rest of the film. This seems to give credence to the rumors of studio interference and the necessity of re-shoots.See more »
Quotes:
Maj. William Larrabee:I thought we'd go on a picnic.
Lili Smith:At 3:00 in the morning?
Maj. William Larrabee:It's the best time. No ants.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Cinefile: Made in the USA (1993) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
La MarseillaiseSee more »

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15 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Put it out on DVD, fer Chrissakes!, 8 May 2004
Author: gregorybnyc from United States

Blake Edwards and Julie Andrews' timing couldn't have been worse when this

film was released in 1970. Musicals were dead as a doornail, and only

Streisand was given the benefit of the doubt. Julie Andrews, a monstrously

talented, uniquely beautiful singing actress was finding that she was out of step with Hollywood who wanted grittier stories with nudity and violence. Thirty- some years later, we find this is a terrifically entertaining piece of film-making, which brings out all of Blake Edwards trade-mark gifts and lapses.

First of all, it's way too long. Secondly, the screenplay doesn't give you a real clue whether we're talking about a musical comedy or a war drama with Lily

confusing you about her secret life as a spy. Okay, deal with it. The movie is a wonderful brew of entertainment, nostalgia, sweet sentiment, and first-rate

musicality.

Like Doris Day a decade before her, Julie Andrews has one of the great screen figures. She's simply beautiful with her oddly spaced eyes and her slightly

comic nose. But those limbs are gorgeous, her skin is also a thing of wonder. Nobody does frosty British authority better than Julie, and her crystaline voice is a warm, pliant instrument with the clearest diction you'll ever encounter. She sings in a very modern way, but with plenty of old-fashioned vocal refinements such as portamento and legato. She's always been a game comedienne, and

she is a huge screen presence. She's first-rate here and would seldom be

allowed to shine as superbly again (Victor/Victoria aside).

Rock Hudson is clearly her equal. Still handsome, dashing, and convincing as Lily's American flying ace lover, Hudson exudes charisma and comic panache.

Again, he would never quite come up to this level in films again, and we would only be able to glimpse his excellent light comic skills on TV in the well-done mystery series, McMillan and Wife.

I love Mancini's score, and the supporting cast is everything you could wish for, especially Jeremy Kemp's lovable spy aid to Lily. Edward's displays his gift for wonderfully comic set pieces. It's a bit forced at times, but these are first-rate craftsmen working at the top of their game.

Why it has never appeared on VHS, laserdisc or DVD thus far is beyond me. I

know the failure of the movie at the box office soured Edwards and perhaps he is locked into a battle of wills with Universal determined to teach them a lesson by withholding his permission. Wishful thinking on my part perhaps, but it is odd that its never been been available in a home entertainment format. TV

showings don't help either because they have cut it to smithereens to fit various formats. The first time I saw it, I was totally confused. A few years later, I had warmed to it considerably and I think it was due to a more coherent cut.

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