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The Serpent (1973)

Le serpent (original title)
PG | | Thriller | November 1973 (USA)
A soviet diplomat hatches a complicated plan to enable him to defect to the West.



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


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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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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Twisted and somehow realistic
29 December 1999 | by (Paris, France) – See all my reviews

We all know about the living characters who inspired the plot but this movie adds a note of ambiance and gives a inside view of the cold war merciless hunt for deeply buried moles...

The actors, American, English and French are outstanding, the plot is larger than life. It seems now a piece of History but it reminds us that a lot was at stake not so long ago.

"Le Serpent" is probably one of the best spy movies ever made, it is certainly one of the best French ones.

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