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The Tamarind Seed (1974)

 -  Romance | Drama  -  22 July 1974 (Sweden)
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During a Caribbean holiday, a British civil servant finds herself falling in love with a Russian agent.

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Feodor Sverdlov
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Jack Loder
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Fergus Stephenson (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
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Margaret Stephenson
Oskar Homolka ...
Gen. Golitsyn (as Oscar Homolka)
Bryan Marshall ...
George MacLeod
David Baron ...
Richard Paterson
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Rachel Paterson
Roger Dann ...
Col. Moreau
Sharon Duce ...
Sandy Mitchell
George Mikell ...
Maj. Stukalov
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Anna Skriabina
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Dimitri Memenov (as Constantin de Goguel)
John Sullivan ...
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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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La leyenda del tamarindo  »

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Final film of Oskar Homolka. See more »

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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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Music by John Barry
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Good Old-Fashioned Fun
20 April 1999 | by (Athens, OH) – See all my reviews

"The Tamarind Seed" is a wonderful film to discover for the first time in the video store when you're searching for something good to watch. Made at a time when negative depictions of the Soviet Union had fallen out of favor in the movies, "The Tamarind Seed" wonderfully bucks this trend as Russian embassy Colonel Omar Sharif ultimately comes to realize that the nature of the Soviet system makes some things worse than treason against it. Julie Andrews is at her most beautiful as a British Home Office employee who first meets Sharif on vacation in Barbados, falls in love with him and helps him defect.


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