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The Tamarind Seed (1974)

During a Caribbean holiday, a British civil servant finds herself falling in love with a Russian agent.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Feodor Sverdlov
Jack Loder
Fergus Stephenson (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Margaret Stephenson
General Golitsyn (as Oscar Homolka)
Bryan Marshall ...
George MacLeod
David Baron ...
Richard Paterson
Rachel Paterson
Roger Dann ...
Colonel Moreau
Sharon Duce ...
Sandy Mitchell
George Mikell ...
Major Stukalov
Anna Skriabina
Dimitri Memenov (as Constantin de Goguel)
John Sullivan ...
1st KGB Agent


While on holiday in Barbados to recover from the lingering effects of a love affair that ended badly, Judith Farrow meets Feodor Sverdlov, a handsome Russian. They find pleasure in each other's company as they visit colorful places on the island, but there are complications to their budding romance after their holiday in the tropical paradise comes to an end. Problems arise due to geopolitical concerns of the Cold War, for Judith is the assistant to an important minister serving in the British Home Office in London, and Feodor is the Soviet air attaché assigned in Paris to Soviet General Golitsyn. British intelligence officer, Jack Loder, suspects the Sverdlov is attempting to recruit Judith to work as a Soviet spy, and this is in fact what Feodor tells his boss that he is attempting to accomplish. Feodor tells Judith that this is a way for him to be able to see her without bringing about suspicion from his people. Due to somewhat similar thinking on the British side, she is ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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The Tamarind Seed . . . where love grows and passion flowers. See more »


Romance | Drama


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Release Date:

22 July 1974 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del tamarindo  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Of the three motion pictures scored by composer John Barry that debuted in 1974, two were spy films, The Tamarind Seed (1974) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). The other picture was The Dove (1974). See more »


Feodor Sverdlov: Let me teach you the first lesson about these little games. You must try to tell the truth as long as possible. That way, when times change and you have to lie, there is a great chance that you will be believed.
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Features Foreign Correspondent (1940) See more »


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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Wilma Reading (uncredited)
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This one has it all.
16 August 2005 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

This movie is not highlighted in any discussion of the careers of either Julie Andrews or Omar Sharif, but it's a jewel. It has romance (the subtleness of which is very effective without constant bedroom scenes), intrigue, espionage, exotic locations, a multi-layered plot and plenty of suspense. You do have to pay close attention to keep up with the rather complicated story, but it pays off. The '70's clothing and hair styles are amusing, and the Russians are no longer the "bad guys," but those facts don't detract from the great storyline. Andrews and Sharif make a very attractive couple, and play their parts perfectly. In fact, everyone turns in a fine performance in this, one of my favorite movies.

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