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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.

Director:

Sidney J. Furie

Writers:

W.H. Canaway (screenplay) (as Bill Canaway), James Doran (screenplay)
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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 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
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Storyline

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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Spy man, spy man, what do you see? "One murder! Two murders! And mine makes three!" See more »

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Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Albanian

Release Date:

2 August 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ipcress See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

At the start of the film, the station announcer at Marlylebone says that the train is leaving for 'Nottingham' and 'Leicester' which meant that it would have had to travel along the former "Great Central" route towards Sheffield. This line, one of the most modern main-lines in the country, was closed the following year (1966), and most of the trackbed has since been built-over, or erased completely from the map. See more »

Goofs

When Palmer leaves Courtney's flat to catch a train to Paris, he says "See you", but his mouth clearly forms the word "Bye". See more »

Quotes

Palmer: [Reporting to Col. Ross's office] Sergeant Palmer, reporting as ordered.
Colonel Ross: Close the door... And don't slouch into my office like a pregnant camel. Stand to attention.
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Connections

Referenced in Leverage: The Rashomon Job (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

The British Grenadiers
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Traditional
Arranged by J. A. Kappey
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Thrilling
12 November 2002 | by stewart_tranterSee 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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