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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Konstantin
Michael Williams ...
Hirsch, Limmer's Assistant
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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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This film's director Jeannot Szwarc once said of this movie around the time it was first released: "I'd been looking for something like this . . . something like The Third Man (1949). I'm a classicist, I guess. I always like to do classical genres of film. And there hasn't been a film for years like The Third Man (1949) which, if anything, is the style of this one . . . with something of Z (1969) in it, too." See more »

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Plot does reveal an "Enigma"
20 April 1999 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

I must admit, when I first began watching this film I had no clue what was going on. So the beginning was a bit confusing for me. However, that did not diminish my enjoyment of the movie. The characters reveal themselves to be more complex than they may first appear, and that is what makes this a memorable film. At first I heard this was a real "Hollywood" movie. Although it obviously lacks the stereotypical "guns and fists" element, the convincing performances of talented actors such as Martin Sheen and Sam Neill more than make up for it. I'd rather see a film with more substance than shooting any day.


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