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This movie is often dismissed as just an average Cold War spy flick. But in fact it is quite a bit more than that. It can well hold its own, thanks to the solid direction and first-rate performances by Hackman and Dillon.
These two never disappoint and seem to have had fun working together. They relaxedly fill in all the little character incongruities.
The story is interesting, but could have used much more exact local detail instead of this chain of insipid cutouts from travel brochures. The locals, but also the spies talk and behave like cardboard figures and tend to lessen the atmosphere a little. The same goes for a lot of the locations.
Recommended for fans of Dillon and Hackman, but also for those of you who like a solid spy movie.
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