The Tamarind Seed (1974)

PG  |   |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Feodor Sverdlov
Jack Loder
Fergus Stephenson (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Margaret Stephenson
Oskar Homolka ...
Gen. Golitsyn (as Oscar Homolka)
Bryan Marshall ...
George MacLeod
David Baron ...
Richard Paterson
Rachel Paterson
Roger Dann ...
Col. Moreau
Sharon Duce ...
Sandy Mitchell
George Mikell ...
Maj. 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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Romance | Drama


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22 July 1974 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del tamarindo  »

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The part of General Golitsyn was originally intended for Jack Hawkins, but his death in 1973 led to its being re-cast with Oscar Homolka. See more »


Judith Farrow: Everyone has a conscience. You don't think so?
Feodor Sverdlov: Would you say I have a conscience?
Judith Farrow: Well, perhaps not a very big one.
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Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Wilma Reading (uncredited)
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surprisingly good
30 March 2003 | by See all my reviews

I'm a huge Julie Andrews fan, which was why I saw this movie. I now understand spy storylines much better than I did when I watched it, so if I saw it again, I may be able to actually follow the plot. It does drag, which is always a pet pieve of mine, but the romance between Julie and Omar Sharrif is the heart of the film and lets you see that the Cold War was between governments, not necessarily people. The ending makes up for almost everything else, as most good endings tend to do, and it was just what the characters and audience wanted. If you want a lot of action, this may not be the right movie, but if you want a romance masquerading as a spy thriller, this is your film.

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