A network of older spies from the West recruits a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory to accompany them on a mission inside Russia. They must recover a letter written by ... See full summary »
A network of older spies from the West recruits a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory to accompany them on a mission inside Russia. They must recover a letter written by the CIA that promises American assistance to Russia if China gets the atomic bomb. Written by
Utilizes an innovative technique: scenes spoken in Russian begin in Russian and after a couple of interchanges segue to being spoken in English, avoiding either usual extreme of subtitling or dubbing into English. See more »
I think I'm a superior combination of intellect and physique, athlete and scholar. When a risk is to be run I formulate the ideal procedure and calculate the chances involved with exquisite precision. If the percentages are sufficiently in my favor I put myself into motion having absolute confidence in the performance of my reflexes.
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I agree with all the positive comments and I've always wondered why this has been overlooked by video distributors. I can't also remember when I've ever seen it shown on television. I saw this movie as a kid and was blown away by it... I expected to see a standard spy thriller, but was surprised at how grim and unusual it was. In particular, I remember it got a PG (M at the time, I think) rating, but it clearly should have been an R. I've never seen a film that showed the espionage business in such a bizarre light. Richard Boone gave a great performance, and Barbara Parkins' character was really poignant. The film got a lot of bad reviews, and I never understood why... it was definitely original.
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