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Grounded with a desk job by incompetent superiors, a clever CIA agent retires and writes a tell all memoir that will embarrass his bosses, prompting him to go on the run and elude them.

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David Matthau ...
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Westlake
Ivor Roberts ...
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Severn Darden ...
Maddox
George Pravda ...
Saint Breheret
Jacquelyn Hyde ...
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Mike Gwilym ...
Alfie
Terry Beaver ...
Tobin
Ray Charleson ...
Clausen
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Storyline

CIA agent Miles Kendig decides to get out of 'the game' and to ensure he's left alone he threatens to send his memoirs to the world's intelligence agencies. When the CIA doesn't believe him, he calls their bluff and starts writing and sending out chapters one by one. Realizing that their operations would be compromised, the CIA (led by Myerson and Cutter) set out to put an end to Kendig's plan by whatever means necessary. The heart of the movie follows a game of cat and mouse between a fumbling CIA and an artful Kendig. Written by P. Wong <pwong@nt.net>

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The most dangerous man in the world. He's about to expose the CIA, the FBI, the KGB...and himself.

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10 October 1980 (Finland)  »

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2 sotto il divano  »

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The film features a number of excerpts of classical music from composers Gioachino Rossini, Giacomo Puccini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. These include Rossini's aria "Largo al Factotum" from the opera "The Barber of Seville"; Puccini's aria "Un Bel Di Vedremo" ("One Beautiful Day") from "Madame Butterfly"; and from Mozart, the K331 first movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata No.11; the K320 Posthorn Serenade; the andante movement from "Eine kleine Nachtmusik"; a K382 Rondo in D and the aria "Non Più Andrai" from the opera "The Marriage of Figaro", a fact that Mathau's character alludes to in a scene. Fraser based most of the film's entire score on Mozart. See more »

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In the scene where Kendig is chased by FBI cars in Georgia, and spills the oil on the road, we see it as he left it, then again a moment later as the FBI cars career off the road. The splash-pattern of the oil on the road is different in the two cases. See more »

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[first lines]
Kendig: Hey Yaskov, how are ya?
Yaskov: Kendig. What as unexpected pleasure.
Kendig: May I have it please?
Yaskov: Have what?
Kendig: I got it all on film, Yaskov. You don't want to deal with the West Germans, they don't like Russian Intelligence, you know that. Just give it to me, and we'll forget all about it.
Yaskov: I could make a run for it, you know.
Kendig: Come on, Yaskov. You running, me chasing? We'd look like Laurel and Hardy.
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Serenade In G Major: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525: II. Romance: Andante
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Funny, charming, witty...don't overlook this one!
2 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree with the above review completely: we watch this movie several times a year and it never gets old! It's like a fabulous view from a high place; you just never get tired of it. My rating of 10 reflects how much I love this picture. I don't think you can rent it but you can buy it. Recommended! As to picture quality: the movie was re-released on DVD with a complete remastering of both picture (fantastic!) and sound (good audio, but still monophonic; there's only so much you can do when the original is single-track mono) plus interviews with Ronald Neame (D) and Brian Garfield (writer of the novel and co-screenplay) a couple of years ago. The DVD is anamorphic widescreen, so all the stuff that was pan-and-scanned out of the VHS release is back, just like it was in the theater. I bought two copies as soon as it was available and sent one to my brother, who introduced me to this gem. One of my all-time favorites.

Note to producers: do NOT attempt to remake this picture. It would be folly. There are no actors on the planet who could pull it off. No one, I mean NO ONE has the charisma and charm of Walter Matthau, and the chemistry between he and Glenda Jackson isn't something you can fake. If anyone else had been the co-stars, this picture would have disappeared completely. You wouldn't remake It's a Wonderful Life, would you?


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