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The Ipcress File (1965)

Not Rated | | 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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Palmer
... Major Dalby
... Colonel H.L. Ross
... Jean Courtney
... Jock Carswell
Aubrey Richards ... Dr. Radcliffe
Frank Gatliff ... Bluejay
... Barney - American Agent
Oliver MacGreevy ... Housemartin (as Oliver Macgreevy)
... Alice
Pauline Winter ... Charlady
... Edwards
Barry Raymond ... Gray
David Glover ... Chilcott-Oakes
... Inspector Pat Keightley
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A number of 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 their 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>

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Although the narrator in the novel is nameless, at one point in the novel he is greeted by someone saying "Hello, Harry". The narrator then thinks "Now my name isn't Harry, but in this business it's hard to remember whether it ever had been." See more »

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When Harry Palmer returns to his apartment to find the dead CIA agent sprawled on his living room floor, the dead man's mouth is open. When the camera cuts from Palmer back to the dead man, the dead man's mouth is now closed. See more »

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Colonel Ross: [shopping with Palmer] Beef-A-Roni? Extraordinary.
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Spoofed in The Ipcress File: Michael Caine Goes Stella (2006) See more »

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Thrilling
12 November 2002 | by See all my reviews

A fantastic 60s spy thriller. No flashy special effects, just dark alleys, edge of the seat suspense and high quality acting and screenplay.

It's Michael Caine at his best. It's probably the best of the Harry palmer series, but I haven't seen the whole set yet.

Definitely recommended.

9/10


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