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The Serpent (1973)
"Le serpent" (original title)

 -  Thriller  -  November 1973 (USA)
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A Russian diplomat hatches a complicated plan to enable him to defect to the West.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Col. Alexei Vlassov
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Allan Davies
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Philip Boyle
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Lucien Berthon
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Tavel
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Mrs. Annabel Lee
Guy Tréjan ...
Robert Deval
Elga Andersen ...
Kate Cross
Marie Dubois ...
Suzanne Walter
Nathalie Nerval ...
Tatiana Vlassov
André Falcon ...
French Diplomat
Robert Party ...
Debecourt
William Sabatier ...
Robert Alda ...
Polygraph interrogator
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Jeannine Santelli
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Storyline

Vlassov (Yul Brynner) is a Soviet spy. In France, Vlassov defects. He is whisked to the U.S.A., where Allan Davies (Henry Fonda) takes over the case. After polygraph tests and cross-examinations, Vlassov names several Western European agents who are also spying for the Soviets. Davies wants to take the listed agents into custody; meanwhile, those on the list start dying under mysterious circumstances. Written by Ken Miller <wkmiller704@yahoo.com>

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Also Known As:

Night Flight from Moscow  »

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This film's opening prologue states: "That which enables a wise ruler and a good general to strike, to conquer and to attain goals beyond the reach of ordinary mortals is "Prior Knowledge" SUN TSU (5th Century B.C.). Some versions of this movie feature the following title card addenda to this movie's prologue: "In the modern world, this 'prior knowledge' is synonymous with 'Secret Services'. Novelists call it...'Espionage'." See more »

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Intelligent and well made spy film
22 October 2011 | by (Belgrade, Serbia) – See all my reviews

I had no doubt that this effort from prolific French director Henry Verneuil ("Le Clan Des Siciliens","Mélodie En Sous-Sol",and terrific "I... comme Icare)", will be better than your usual cold war spy thriller. This is a sort of movie that mature film fan expects to see, no James Bond nonsense, no Russians that only speak broken English, no Russians with M16 rifles and ridiculous plots. This movie rings true, even 60's and 70's strongmen such as Yul Brynner is very good and very plausible as Soviet KGB colonel Alexei Vlassov, and the supporting cast of greats: Henry Fonda, Dirk Bogarde and Philippe Noiret, wee the web of high echelon government espionage, that keeps viewer guessing to the end. French title "Le Serpent" is much better than unfortunate English one ("Night flight from Moscow),that has nothing to do with plot whatsoever. Le Serpent or the serpent is a snake in the grass that strikes whenever it feels threatened. It's poison is deadly and quick, but ultimately it has to shed skin and reveal it's trail. Look for this great film if you're a fan of intelligent spy films. Satisfaction is guaranteed.


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