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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 ...
Mercadier - Foreign Affairs official
Robert Alda ...
Polygraph interrogator
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Jeannine Santelli
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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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November 1973 (USA)  »

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Night Flight from Moscow  »

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Spy agencies featured in this film include the CIA, KGB, Mi6 and the West German intelligence service. See more »

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Too Good To Be True
1 June 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Talk about international cast, this French film Le Serpent boasts players from America, The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany and Russia. It's an espionage story with Yul Brynner as a high ranking KGB colonel defecting to the west and bringing a whole lot of goodies with him.

What Brynner is bringing to CIA chief Henry Fonda is a list of fifth columnists who've been operating for years in the west in all the western allied countries. A lot of deaths start occurring in all these countries as problems are dealt with one way or another.

Of course this information wreaks havoc with the intelligence services of the west. Which just might have been the desired Soviet intention.

In this cast the best performance hands down is that of Dirk Bogarde as a Kim Philby like MI5 man. Somebody's had their eye on him for a long time.

Spying can be a dirty business and Le Serpent certainly shows the seamier side of it. If you're looking for James Bond like heroics this isn't your film.

Le Serpent is in the tradition of the Richard Burton classic The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. Not as good but better than a whole lot of stuff these old timers were appearing in during the Seventies.


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