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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 ... 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

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>

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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

Of the graffiti on the wall of the cell, the only one that can be translated is "Got mit uns", a misspelling of "Gott mit uns", which is German for "God is with us". See more »

Goofs

When Bluejay (Frank Gatliff) and House Martin (Oliver MacGreevy) are seen walking up the steps at the back of the Royal Albert Hall to get to their car they are supposed to have left the Science Museum Library but the building they leave is the part of Royal College of Music. See more »

Quotes

Palmer: Have you seen everything?
Courtney: Yes, thank you.
Palmer: Then you know where the... whiskey is?
Courtney: Yes.
Palmer: Fix us both one, will you?
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Connections

Referenced in Sidney J. Furie: Fire Up the Carousel! See more »

Soundtracks

Saint Patrick's Day
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Arranged by M. Retford
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Intriguing espionage drama
27 February 2015 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Intriguing espionage drama, based on the Len Deighton novel.

Decent, reasonably complex, plot. Not 100% watertight, but the holes aren't big.

Solid direction by Sidney J Furie. Movie moves along at a decent pace and he builds the tension well. Does miss a few beats though. Some scenes are quite flat and almost pointless.

Good final few scenes which make it all worthwhile and bring everything together.

Good performance by Michael Caine in the lead role. Not your average spy - he is almost the anti-James Bond. Resourceful, but slovenly and, well, human. Seemed much more like a real agent would be than James Bond.

Good support from Nigel Green and Guy Doleman.


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