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The Ipcress File ()


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In London, a counter espionage Agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists.

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Harry Palmer
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Major Dalby
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Colonel H.L. Ross
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Jean Courtney
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Jock Carswell
Aubrey Richards ...
Dr. Radcliffe
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Bluejay
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Barney
Oliver MacGreevy ...
Housemartin
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Alice
Pauline Winter ...
Charlady
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Edwards
Barry Raymond ...
Gray
David Glover ...
Chilcott-Oakes
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Inspector Pat Keightley
Peter Ashmore ...
Sir Robert
Mike Murray ...
Raid Inspector (as Michael Murray)
Anthony Baird ...
Raid Sergeant (as Antony Baird)
Tony Caunter ...
O.N.I. Man
Charles Rea ...
Taylor
Ric Hutton ...
Records Officer
Douglas Blackwell ...
Murray
Richard Burrell ...
Operator
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Police Station Sergeant
Zsolt Vadaszffy ...
Prison Doctor
Josef Behrmann ...
Prison Guard (as Joseph Behrmann)
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Prison Guard
Paul S. Chapman ...
Prison Guard
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Rita (scenesDeleted)
Richard Beale ...
Security clerk (uncredited)
Howell Evans ...
First Agent (uncredited)
Peter Evans ...
Scientist (uncredited)
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Audience Member at Symposium (uncredited)
George Holdcroft ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Pat Judge ...
Bluejay's Minder (uncredited)
Mollie Maureen ...
Tea girl (uncredited)
Richard Neller ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Dido Plumb ...
Scientist (uncredited)
Jack Sharp ...
Security Guard (uncredited)
George Spence ...
Scientist (uncredited)
William F. Sully ...
Bluejay's Minder (uncredited)

Directed by

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Sidney J. Furie

Written by

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Len Deighton ... (novel)
 
W.H. Canaway ... (screenplay) (as Bill Canaway) &
James Doran ... (screenplay)

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Charles D. Kasher ... executive producer
Ronald Kinnoch ... associate producer
Harry Saltzman ... producer

Music by

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John Barry

Cinematography by

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Otto Heller ... (photographed by)

Film Editing by

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Peter R. Hunt ... (as Peter Hunt)

Casting By

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Weston Drury Jr. ... (as Weston Drury Jnr.)

Production Design by

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Ken Adam

Art Direction by

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Peter Murton

Makeup Department

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Philip Leakey ... make-up (as Phil Leakey)
Barbara Ritchie ... hairdresser

Production Management

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Denis Johnson ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Fred Slark ... assistant director
Denis Johnson Jr. ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Michael White ... set dresser
Dickie Bamber ... dressing props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Maurice Askew ... sound mixer
Peter Davies ... sound mixer
Ben Rayner ... sound editor
Nicholas Stevenson ... assembly editor
Norman Wanstall ... sound editor
Desmond Briscoe ... electronic sound effects (uncredited)
Graham V. Hartstone ... sound assistant (uncredited)
Lionel Strutt ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Brian Elvin ... camera operator
John Morgan ... focus
George Courtney Ward ... stills
Len Prout ... gaffer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Muriel Dickson ... wardrobe mistress

Location Management

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Ross MacKenzie ... location manager (as Ross Mackenzie)

Music Department

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John Barry ... conductor / orchestrator (uncredited)
Leon Calvert ... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Vic Flick ... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Tristan Fry ... musician: percussion and timpani (uncredited)
John Leach ... musician: cimbalom (uncredited)
Sidney Margo ... music contractor (uncredited)
John Scott ... musician: saxophone (uncredited)
Eric Tomlinson ... music engineer (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Pat Moon ... continuity

Additional Crew

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Frederick Buckman ... cutting room
William Bartholemew ... production accountant (uncredited)
Maurice Landsberger ... assistant production accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Len Deighton's The Ipcress File (United Kingdom)
  • Ipcress - Danger immédiat (France)
  • Ipcress - streng geheim (Germany)
  • Ipcress (Spain)
  • Teczka Ipcress (Poland)
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  • 109 min
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Budget $750,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Harry Palmer is depicted as an accomplished cook, but when you see Palmer skillfully break a couple of eggs, the hands in the close-up belong to Len Deighton, author of the book on which this movie was based. Deighton was an accomplished cook and also wrote a comic strip about cooking for The Observer. The walls of Palmer's kitchen are full of these strips. 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #8.1 (1978). See more »
Soundtracks The Ipcress File (Main Title) See more »
Quotes Major Dalby: The next time you use CC1 authority, just you make sure you have it!
Palmer: You know, it's funny... If Radcliffe had been here, I'd have been... a hero.
Major Dalby: He wasn't. And you're not.
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