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The Secret Ways (1961)

Approved | | Adventure, History, Mystery | April 1961 (USA)
During the 1956 Hungarian uprising, an American mercenary is hired to smuggle a Hungarian resistance leader out of Soviet-occupied Budapest.

Directors:

Phil Karlson, Richard Widmark (uncredited)

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Jean Hazlewood (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... Michael Reynolds
Sonja Ziemann ... Julia
Charles Regnier Charles Regnier ... The Count
Walter Rilla ... Jancsi
Senta Berger ... Elsa
Howard Vernon ... Colonel Hidas
Heinz Moog Heinz Moog ... Minister Ferenc Sakenov
Hubert von Meyerinck ... Hermann Sheffler
Oskar Wegrostek Oskar Wegrostek ... Bela Korver - the fat man
Stefan Schnabel ... Border official
Elisabeth Neumann-Viertel ... Olga Kovac
Helmut Janatsch Helmut Janatsch ... János
John Horsley ... Jon Brainbridge
Walter Wilz Walter Wilz ... Peter Monar
Raoul Retzer Raoul Retzer ... Miklos Terenyi - Special Agent
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Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Mike Reynolds is hired to help a threatened Hungarian scientist (Prof. Jansci) escape from Budapest. He and Julia, the professor's daughter, cross the border posing as journalists, but they encounter a problem. The staunch freedom fighter doesn't want to go. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Filmed in the danger zones of Europe ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Hungarian | German

Release Date:

April 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminos secretos See more »

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Production Co:

Heath Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Richard Widmark produced, co-directed and starred in this motion picture. See more »

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Boring Espionage Story
1 August 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Secret Ways is one of the more obscure Richard Widmark films ever done. Oddly enough it was a family project with him producing it and his wife Jean Hazlewood writing the screenplay.

It's easy to base a film on an Alastair MacLean novel, but hard for director Phil Karlson to make a boring film, but that's what Widmark and Karlson succeeded in doing. The cinematography was so drab in Vienna and in Zurich Switzerland standing in for Budapest that I fell asleep. Color might have helped, but one of the best espionage stories ever done was also filmed in black and white in Vienna, that being The Third Man. That is certainly not boring.

Richard Widmark plays an American agent who is asked to do a job and get a Hungarian resistance leader in Walter Rilla out from behind the iron curtain. Rilla is reluctant to go and at first his daughter Sonia Ziemann is reluctant to cooperate.

For a MacLean novel it has a lot less plot twists than normal. You want to see MacLean done right for the big screen checkout Where Eagles Dare.

Dick Widmark never produced another film again, wonder why.


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