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Enigma (1982)

PG  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  15 October 1982 (UK)
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A CIA agent tries to infiltrate Soviet intelligence to stop a murderous diabolical plot.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Holbeck
Karen Reinhardt
Dimitri Vasilikov
Kurt Limmer, East German
Michael Williams ...
Hirsch, Limmer's Assistant
David Baxt ...
Bruno, CIA
Michel Auclair ...
Alan Adair
Georges Beauvilliers


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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Publicity for this film stated that it was Martin Sheen's third consecutive British film in a row. The earlier films referred to were Loophole (1981) and Gandhi (1982). All three movies had one-word titles. See more »

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Great acting, suspense and plot twists
14 October 2004 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This was the film that first indicated to me what a great actor Martin Sheen really is. He modestly claims that Charlie is a better actor, Charlie can't hold a candle to him.

I found it suspenseful and thoroughly enjoyed the intertwining of the love story with the main plot (and I usually HATE love stories). There's a great plot twist at the end that struck me as being fully credible, particularly in the early 80's time period, and probably now also.

The final scene had me on the edge of my seat. This film roundly illustrates that treachery is often doled out by those we trust, while declared enemies have more in common than they suspect, and finally, that human compassion can be found where we least expect it.


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