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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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He's no secret agent . . . . . he's a crook! [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:

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Filming Locations:

Estudios Balcazar, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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When Tony Mecenas delivers the line, "What, me worry," he breaks the fourth wall. See more »

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Tony Mecenas: [Upon escaping with his life from 360 degrees of mayhem, he turns to the audience and asks] "What, me worry?"
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Chase On The Calamata Bridge
Written and Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
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Running Around all Over Istanbul
10 May 2008 | by BogmeisterSee all my reviews

MASTER PLAN: kidnap scientists and keep the ransom money. The James Bond film this obviously calls to mind first is "From Russia From Love" but, besides the locations, there is very little actual similarity. Horst (the snot-nosed hothead member of the original "Magnificent Seven") stars as a well-known rascally adventurer who is forced to foil the dastardly schemes of a criminal organization after he's targeted as an initial suspect. Koscina offers support as the FBI agent sent in to figure things out; she was in a few such roles in the sixties (see "Hot Enough For June" and "Deadlier Than the Male"). The story jumps around and drags in the first half, as well as being hard to follow. It's also a bit too long at nearly two hours and, as mentioned elsewhere, only washed out prints of the picture seem to be available.

The action really picks up in the 2nd half, with Tony (Horst) doing a lot of running around in Istanbul, whether being chased or doing the chasing. At one point, he's thrown off a tower during a fight in the closest we get to a spectacular sequence. The best action bit, though, is when he uses a bulletproof glass table while an assassin takes potshots at him (the killer is played by Kinski in a small, yet memorable role). The action is sort of a mixture of slapstick and straightforward thrills which never really finds the right tone; a lot of it is presented as serious danger, yet Horst also winks at the audience a couple of times. He's probably a bit too cute for Bond fans, strictly for the girls. There's also some surprising (for mid-sixties cinema) bits of female nudity. Hero:6 Villains:5 Femme Fatales:6 Henchmen:4 Fights:5 Stunts/Chases:5 Gadgets:3 Auto:3 Locations:6 Pace:6 overall:5


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