Noel Holcroft is a foreign-born American citizen working in New York as an architect. In Geneva he meets with a respected Swiss banker who tells him he has been designated to be executor of a huge 4 1/2 billion dollar trust fund designed to make reparations for the war crimes of the Nazis. Holcroft's father, who committed suicide in 1945, was a key Hitler financial advisor who became conscience-stricken about German war atrocities, turned against the Fuehrer, and covertly diverted Nazi funds to a secret Swiss account. Under the terms of the covenant Holcroft must locate the sons of his father's two associates so they can jointly activate their fathers' account. They battle the sinister forces seem to be trying to prevent them from signing the document as it is believed that it will be used to establish a Fourth Reich. Written by
Did You Know?
According to Michael Caine
's auto-biography "What's It All About?" (1992), Caine said of his role, the "part had originally been given to James Caan
and he had dropped out at the last moment, I had to finish Water
(1985) on the Friday night, and whizz off to Berlin to start filming on the Monday morning. It all happened so quickly that I didn't even have time for a wardrobe fitting and wore my own clothes in the movie. Even more to the point, I didn't have time to read the script properly, and only too late did I realize that I couldn't understand the plot, so God help the poor audience who would eventually see it". See more
Michael Caine's New York apartment has stairs in front because a London location was used. Manhattan apartment houses do not have a flight of stairs in front. See more
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