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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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Murder, a Million Dollars and a bevy of Turkish Delights [Australia 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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Runtime:

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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Soundtracks

A Strange Exchange
Written and Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
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Enjoyable all action sixties Euro-nostalgia trip
25 July 2009 | by Gordon_HarkerSee all my reviews

I caught this last week on the German 3rd / regional channel RBB, unaccountably included on a Spanish hotel cable TV service. Unfortunately for me, with a lot of work to do the following day, I couldn't bear to turn it off, so got to bed rather late. Why? Because as most of the other reviewers have noted, it's really rather good. The action just keeps flowing and the entirely watchable cast imbue the whole thing with a decent slickness.

Spanish director Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi captured the emerging glamour/spy zeitgeist with style, underpinned with a workmanlike eye for detail (I forgive him the wrecked car replacements, I'm sure the budget was not over generous). The occasional asides of the Tony Mecenas hero are fine in the context of the time and probably soften the otherwise implausibly super-human aspects of the character. It's a technique already pioneered in similar genres, e.g. Roger Moore's "The Saint".

Mid-sixties Istanbul comes across as very Euro-Mediterranean and serves as an excellent backdrop for most of the action. The plot was a satisfying mix of set pieces (meaning that one felt at home with the genre) and unexpected twists (meaning that there was no way the viewer could foresee the eventual outcome). Like a number of other reviewers, I also found the relatively low profile of Sylva Koscina for much of the action to be a bit of a shame, having fallen for her somewhat after watching the excellent "Deadlier Than The Male" recently.

P.S. Retro-discovering these decently constructed sixties Euro-thrillers, particularly those made totally outside the Anglo-American sphere, has become a real pleasure in recent years.


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