7.2/10
13,547
108 user 54 critic

The Ipcress File (1965)

Passed | | Thriller | 2 August 1965 (USA)
In London, a counter espionage Agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

W.H. Canaway (screenplay) (as Bill Canaway), James Doran (screenplay)
Reviews
Won 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Harry Palmer
Nigel Green ... Major Dalby
Guy Doleman ... Colonel H.L. Ross
Sue Lloyd ... Jean Courtney
Gordon Jackson ... Jock Carswell
Aubrey Richards Aubrey Richards ... Dr. Radcliffe
Frank Gatliff ... Bluejay
Thomas Baptiste ... Barney - American Agent
Oliver MacGreevy Oliver MacGreevy ... Housemartin (as Oliver Macgreevy)
Freda Bamford ... Alice
Pauline Winter Pauline Winter ... Charlady
Anthony Blackshaw ... Edwards
Barry Raymond Barry Raymond ... Gray
David Glover David Glover ... Chilcott-Oakes
Stanley Meadows ... Inspector Pat Keightley
Learn more

More Like This 

Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A British Agent is sent to East Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Michael Caine, Oskar Homolka, Paul Hubschmid
Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A former British spy stumbles onto a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?

Director: Ken Russell
Stars: Michael Caine, Karl Malden, Ed Begley
Bullet to Beijing (TV Movie 1995)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Retired British spy Harry Palmer (Sir Michael Caine) 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".

Director: George Mihalka
Stars: Anatoly Kulbitsky, Shaughan Seymour, Michael Caine
Get Carter (1971)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

When his brother dies under mysterious circumstances in a car accident, London gangster Jack Carter travels to Newcastle to investigate.

Director: Mike Hodges
Stars: Michael Caine, Ian Hendry, Britt Ekland
Alfie (1966)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An unrepentant ladies' man gradually begins to understand the consequences of his lifestyle.

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Shelley Winters, Millicent Martin
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

John Preston is a British Agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the "special relationship" between the two countries.

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Ned Beatty
Gambit (1966)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An English cat burglar needs a Eurasian dancer's help to pull off the perfect heist, but even the most foolproof schemes have a way of backfiring.

Director: Ronald Neame
Stars: Shirley MacLaine, Michael Caine, Herbert Lom
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Comic caper movie about a plan to steal a gold shipment from the streets of Turin by creating a traffic jam.

Director: Peter Collinson
Stars: Michael Caine, Noël Coward, Benny Hill
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

British Agent Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) refuses to come in from the Cold War during the 1960s, choosing to face another mission, which may prove to be his final one.

Director: Martin Ritt
Stars: Richard Burton, Oskar Werner, Claire Bloom
Spy Story (1976)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A British spy is framed, so he must evade the KGB, the CIA and the British Intelligence to reach the the heart of the conspiracy in Arctic.

Director: Lindsay Shonteff
Stars: Michael Petrovitch, Philip Latham, Don Fellows
Zulu (1964)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

Director: Cy Endfield
Stars: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

Former British secret agent Harry Palmer (Sir Michael Caine) now runs a private investigation company in Russia. He gets a job to locate and recover a consignment of stolen plutonium, and ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Jackson
Stars: Michael Caine, Jason Connery, Yuri Limonty
Edit

Storyline

Several leading Western scientists have been kidnapped only to reappear a fews days later. Unfortunately, each scientist has been brainwashed and is now completely useless. The British send Agent Harry Palmer to investigate. Palmer is surprised to be selected for such a mission (considering his past) and believes he has been chosen because he is expendable. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The spy story of the century. See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Palmer is the first action hero to wear glasses (Sir Michael Caine is near-sighted in real-life). Caine chose to wear glasses, because he expected this movie to be the first of a franchise, similar to the Bond movies. He feared being over-identified with the character of Harry Palmer, and so he wore the glasses, so that he could remove them for other roles. See more »

Goofs

When Harry makes his coffee in a French press during the opening credits, he pours in the hot water and immediately pushes the plunger without waiting the standard three or four minutes. His coffee would be so weak that he couldn't possibly wake up. See more »

Quotes

Major Dalby: Congratulations, Palmer. You've just killed an American agent.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Armstrong and Miller Show: Episode #1.3 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

If You're Not Clean - I'll Kill You
Composed, Arranged and Conducted by John Barry
See more »

User Reviews

Better than James Bond
25 July 1999 | by foz-3See all my reviews

This film is, in a word, fantastic. Caine plays a British secret service agent who is assigned to find out who is brainwashing the country's top scientists. This is an interesting slant on the usual cold war thriller plots and is much more believable than James Bond films, although it lacks the latter's explosive action. this is the antithesis of Bond as Caine lives on a meagre wage, has a bedsitting flat and does his own shopping! He also wears glasses and in one scene, chats up his female work colleague whilst cooking. The plot is also a lot more grown-up than its Bond counterpart - there are no cat stroking madmen intent on world domination. What makes the film is the idiosyncratic camera angles and the grainy film quality which adds to the oppressive cold war drama. The brainwashing scene is quite amusing and cliched by todays standards with psychodelic images, trippy music and "You-are-getting-sleepy..." type-quotes. Guy Doleman and Nigel Green head up a brilliant supporting cast which include a few familiar British faces. It is interesting to note that the film was produced by the same people who bring Bond to the screen and even the excellent soundtrack is courtesy of John Barry.


44 of 49 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 108 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Albanian

Release Date:

2 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ipcress File See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.



Recently Viewed