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The Jigsaw Man (1983)

PG | | Thriller | 1983 (Argentina)
An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the KGB and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents.

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Philip Kimberley / Sergei Kuzminsky
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Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
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Penelope Kimberley / Annabelle Kimberley
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Jamie Fraser
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Sir James Chorley
Morteza Kazerouni ...
Boris Medvachian
Michael Medwin ...
Milroy
Eric Sevareid ...
Himself
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Dr. Zilenka
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Cameron
Patrick Dawson ...
Ginger
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Gen. Zorin
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Douglas Ransom
Maggie Rennie ...
Mrs. Ransom
Richard Aylen ...
Older Kimberley
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Storyline

Philip Kimberly, the former head of the British Secret Service who defected to Russia, is given plastic surgery and sent back to Britain by the KGB to retrieve some vital documents. With the documents in hand, he instead plays off MI6 and the KGB against each other. Written by Alexander Lum

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The Game of Spying, Double Cross, Defection, Betrayal & Death.

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Michael Caine's character was originally inspired by British defector Kim Philby, a fictional version of whom is killed in the opening scenes of Caine's The Fourth Protocol (1987). See more »

Goofs

When Kimberly is listening to the news broadcast of his "death", the newscaster refers to the Manhattan Project spy Ethel Rosenberg as Esther Rosenberg. See more »

Quotes

Philip Kimberley: I must say, it's wonderful to be forty two again. Do you think I'll live to be forty three?
Boris Medvachian: If comrade Kuzminsky fails to deliver the dossier, our two friends there, they make sure he doesn't.
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Connections

Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Only You And I
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Lyrics by Labi Siffre, Scott English
Sung by Dionne Warwick
Produced by Bob Gaudio
Rhythm arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock and Bob Gaudio
String & horn arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock
Recorded by Paul Lani and Rick Ruggieri
Mixed by Ron Hitchcock
Producers assistant: Marla Miller
Recorded at Sound Lab Studios, Los Angeles, California
Song & theme published by P.G.G.
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Fantastic in its awfulness!
24 January 2009 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

So long as you are aware that you're about to watch a truly terrible terrible movie, you can sit back and enjoy the full extent of its absolute awfulness! Michael Caine doing some incredibly bad accents whilst karate chopping people to death with a single blow (he even manages to render a policeman unconscious by tripping him up!), Susan George being her usual am-dram hammy self, Robert Powell portraying the world's poshest policeman, and Lawrence Olivier either grumbling and gesticulating melodramatically or pausing abruptly because he's forgotten his next line. And who could blame him?! Everyone has been asked to utter dialogue so monumentally bad it has to be heard to be believed! After the highly amusing car chase climax, Caine suddenly turns philosopher and decides that "War is bad" - classic stuff! Everything about this film is bad, the script, the sets, the acting, the accents, the direction, the editing, the stunts, even the music's awful! But badness of this magnitude should be celebrated and enjoyed for what it is, and for this reason I have given this magnificent mess a 10 star rating! The only puzzle about this jigsaw is how it ever got to see the light of day!


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