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That Man in Istanbul (1965)

Estambul 65 (original title)
When a hostage-for-ransom exchange goes wrong, the F.B.I. sends an agent to Turkey to retrieve the ransom money and the hostage who's an important nuclear-weapon scientist.

Director:

Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi (as Antonio Isasi)

Writers:

Giovanni Simonelli (story) (as G. Simonelli), Nat Wachsberger (story) (as N. Wachsberger) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Horst Buchholz ... Tony Mecenas
Sylva Koscina ... Kelly
Ángel Picazo ... Inspector Mallouk (as Angel Picazo)
Gustavo Re ... Brain
George Rigaud ... CIA Chief (as Jorge Rigaud)
Agustín González ... Gunther (as Agustin Gonzalez)
Perrette Pradier ... Elisabeth Furst
Klaus Kinski ... Schenck
Álvaro de Luna ... Bogo (as Alvaro de Luna)
Barta Barri ... Captain
Josep Castillo Escalona Josep Castillo Escalona ... (as Castillo Escalona)
Alberto Dalbés ... Thug (as Alberto Dalbes)
Manuel Bronchud Manuel Bronchud ... Thug
Luis Induni ... Thug
Gérard Tichy ... Charly Cohen (as Gerard Tichy)
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Storyline

Kelly is a beautiful FBI agent who is investigating the disappearance of Professor Pensdergast, director of a major US government research on nuclear energy. In the course of the investigation, Kelly knows Tony Mecenas, a kind of James Bond and a young and adventurous seducer who, moved by the beauty of Kelly and the reward of one million dollars, will help her find the professor. Written by jsanchez

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What Tony the Turk does with redheads is a crime . . . what he does with crime is delicious . . . ! [USA Theatrical] See more »


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Country:

Italy | France | Spain

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

11 August 1965 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

That Man in Istanbul See more »

Filming Locations:

Estudios Balcazar, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

When Tony Mecenas delivers the line, "What, me worry," he breaks the fourth wall. See more »

Quotes

Tony Mecenas: [At a woman's Turkish bath] And keep your eyes open.
Kelly: And keep yours shut.
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A Surprise Depot
Written and Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
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Another forgotten B jewel
31 August 2005 | by Artemis-9See all my reviews

This is one of the best action spy thrillers I saw, and believe me I've seen a lot.

Even by today's standards, it would be good, provided someone cared to restore it's brightly colour, perfect editing, and natural sound. The alternate soundless shots of a knife fight inside the hotel swimming pool, where he can see each detail of two athletic actors actually going at it, and the merry sounds of tourists on the esplanade above while still unawares of the drama close-by, has NEVER been recreated in any film, possibly because it was too much trouble, or there were no Horst Buccholz and Mario Adorf around.

The dialog was OK, and true grit, real lines, and delivered with realism. In that not only Buccholz was good, but the other actors, too, therefore grabbing the spectator into a quite realistic scenario. The story develops from a predictable ending into something quite different, therefore we miss the presence of Koscina in the later part of the story, but it is all for the best of the film.

The director was defending his name and career, but also his money in more ways than one, as he was one of the producers investing in the project through Isasi (Barcelona, Spain). It is a pity that there was never a VHS around that I know of, and that no DVD is made of such a precious B jewel.


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