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The Red Machine (2009)

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Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Eddie Doyle
Meg Brogan ...
Agnes 'Aggie' Driscoll
Stella Snyder
Mo Byrnes ...
Stella Snyder (as Maureen Byrnes)
Eddie Lee ...
Ichiro Shimada
Madoka ...
Naomi Shimada (as Madoka Kasahara)
Admiral Byron McAdams
Roger Ainslie ...
Harrison Llewelyn Petrie
Robert Eldridge Dean
Walter Komorowski ...


Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages. During the mission, which is complicated by the spy's dark past in Tokyo, the two discover that they are pawns in a larger game. Together, they devise an intricate but risky scheme to outwit the people trying to use them. Written by Anonymous

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Eight actors from The Red Machine (2009) appeared in the short film Gandhi at the Bat (2006), which was also directed by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm: Lee Perkins, Donal Thoms-Cappello, David Ross Paterson, Nicholas Tucci, Stephen Kirkpatrick, John Gordon, Doug Swim and Ryan Pamiez. See more »


The Sailor performing as receptionist in the cryptography building was wearing the insignia of a Hospitalman (E-3). The caduceus shown on his uniform was not adopted until 1948 - in 1935 it would have been a red cross. See more »


Stella Snyder: They got ex-bulls guarding the front entrance. Guys bounced off the force for being so brutal even the other bulls noticed. You remember Duke Lindsay?
Eddie Doyle: Yeah... he got picked up last year, didn't he?
Stella Snyder: Yeah. Hitting the St. Alban's. Poor Duke. After what they did to his face with the sidewalk, it's kind of a good thing he got sent up the river. At least he's got decent medical care.
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The letters circled in the closing credits spell "ASINTOERR", which was on a poster in the Codebreaking Room at Naval Intelligence building. See more »


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Written by robin jackson
Performed by marchfourth marching band
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Great 'caper' film, surprisingly well done
6 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And I agree with Cameron McAllister in Atlanta - kudos to your review, sir. Thankfully-bereft of large-scale, multi-peopled-large-casts, loud noises, over-the-top music and up-scale 'city scenes', this quiet but interesting film depicts, on a mini-scale, some of the most cogent and intimate efforts by the US Guv what it took to capture the essence of the 'newer' Japanese code machine triggering WWII. It won't take a 5th of expensive Scotch (nod to the director for its inclusion, and how many of us knew, then, the Japanese also have a succor for this beverage?) to appreciate this little-known but seriously-considered effort. I was engrossed from the start. But you kind-of have to 'hang in there' for the Cracker Jack surprises.

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