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Bullet to Beijing (1995)

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A retired British spy is called back into service by his government to help prevent North Korea from getting its hands on a deadly virus called "The Red Death."

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When long-time British agent Harry Palmer loses his job because the Cold War is over, he's promptly approached by a Russian bossman, Alex. In St. Petersburg Alex tells Harry of his plan for Russia's future, which is threatened because a deadly biochemical weapon called the Red Death has been stolen from him. He'll pay Harry handsomely to retrieve it. An ex-spy friend tips Harry off that it's being sent to Beijing by train, aboard which we begin to learn whose side everyone's really on. Written by Anonymous

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16 August 1997 (Poland)  »

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Len Deighton's Bullet to Beijing  »

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Len Deighton did not even coin the name "Harry Palmer" (the agent in Deighton's books remained unnamed). See more »

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Early on, during a gunfight in an alley after the market scene the windscreen of a car is shot and shown in pieces. Afterwards they get in the car to escape and the windscreen has returned, intact. See more »

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Alexei: I'm not being overly dramatic, Mr. Palmer, when I say the fate of the world is in your hands.
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Follows The Ipcress File (1965) See more »

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Performed by The Village People
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Painfully boring, no intelligence whatsoever
30 May 2012 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Playing Harry Palmer, the most boring secret agent ever presented on screen (can't say if he's that boring on the books), Michael Caine has the mission of tracking down the formula of a nuclear weapon that is about to be delivered to North Korea by the Chinese. And Palmer is not working for his British comrades that decided to retire the man, but yes for the Russian, in the post Cold War scenario.

Has to be one of the most uninteresting and weak developed spy films I've ever seen. Nothing so exciting happens, the plot is contrived, simplistic and dull, with nothing to say, dopey as hell. Gotta have some real nerve to enjoy something lifeless like this. In one of his weakest performances but not to the point of going to the Wall of Shame (like "Jaws 87"), Michael Caine is helpless in playing a character that isn't appealing like James Bond or clever and real as George Smiley. Jason Connery, Mia Sara, Michael Sarrazin, Burt Kwouk and Michael Gambon, they all didn't have much to do with a script that leaves somewhere to go nowhere.

The more it reaches the end the worse it gets, and the only good moment out of "Bulllet to Beijing" is a sequence involving a car chase where Caine and Connery's son need to get in time to catch the Express train to Beijing. What a delightful way to waste your precious time. 3/10


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