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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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The spy story of the century. 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

Christopher Plummer was originally considered for the lead role, but dropped out to star in The Sound of Music (1965). The role was then offered to Richard Harris, who also refused it. Harris later regretted his decision, commenting to Sir Sean Connery that he "turned down The Ipcress File, but did Caprice (1967) with Doris Day." See more »

Goofs

During the screening of the black and white film to the team, it is stated that what they are seeing is of a recent sighting of 'Bluejay' and 'House martin' in Vienna; it is in fact on Blomfield road (going south), Little Venice, West London! Both of the trees in the background are still there. See more »

Quotes

[Courtney has found a gun in Palmer's apartment]
Courtney: You know this is unauthorised.
Palmer: My mother gave it to me for Christmas.
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Connections

Referenced in Die Another Day (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

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