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Enigma (1983)

PG  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  January 1983 (UK)
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A CIA agent tries to infiltrate Soviet intelligence to stop a murderous diabolical plot.

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Alex Holbeck
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Karen Reinhardt
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Dimitri Vasilikov
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Kurt Limmer, East German
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Bodley
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Canarsky
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Michael Williams ...
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Melton
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Bruno, CIA
Michel Auclair ...
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Alan Adair
Georges Beauvilliers
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The CIA discovers a Russian plot to assassinate five defectives on the Christmas Day, but they do not know who they are. The defective Alex Holbeck is recruited in Paris by CIA and sent to East Berlin to steal the scrambler of the Enigma, the machine used by the soviet intelligence for communication. On the arrival, Holbeck discovers that the KGB and the East Germany government know that he has arrived and his contacts are arrested. Holbeck meets his former lover, the lawyer Karen Reinhardt, and she gives a safe house to him. The Russian agent Dimitri Vasilikov and the East German agent Kurt Limmer try to find Holbeck's whereabout using different methods, while Karen seduces Dimitri to get the information about the location of the soldiers that Holbeck needs. However Holbeck does not know that the CIA has the scrambler and he is only a bait to convince the Russians that they do not have it. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Sam Neill stars as a Russian KGB agent in this movie. Around the time of this film, Neill was famed for playing British spy Sidney Reilly in Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983). But in fact, Enigma (1983) was released first at the beginning of 1983 whereas the TV series was premiered just before the last quarter of that year. Neill screen tested for the role of James Bond prior to The Living Daylights (1987). See more »

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Great Cold War Spy Movie
20 June 2015 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The CIA discovers a Russian plot to assassinate five defectives on the Christmas Day, but they do not know who they are. The defective Alex Holbeck (Martin Sheen) is recruited in Paris by CIA and sent to East Berlin to steal the scrambler of the Enigma, the machine used by the soviet intelligence for communication. On the arrival, Holbeck discovers that the KGB and the East Germany government know that he has arrived and his contacts are arrested. Holbeck meets his former lover, the lawyer Karen Reinhardt (Brigitte Fossey), and she gives a safe house to him. The Russian agent Dimitri Vasilikov (Sam Neill) and the East German agent Kurt Limmer (Derek Jacobi) try to find Holbeck's whereabout using different methods, while Karen seduces Dimitri to get the information about the location of the soldiers that Holbeck needs. However Holbeck does not know that the CIA has the scrambler and he is only a bait to convince the Russians that they do not have it.

"Enigma" is a great thriller with a complex story during the Cold War. The screenplay is very well written and with good twists. It is strange only the cast speaking English since the characters are Germans and Russians, but the cast is good and makes worthwhile watching this spy movie. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Enigma"


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