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Requiem for a Secret Agent (1966)

Requiem per un agente segreto (original title)
A veteran US Secret Service agent must thwart the covert conspiracy of an enemy spy network that threatens the world's safety.

Director:

Sergio Sollima

Writers:

Sergio Donati (screenplay), Sergio Donati (story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Stewart Granger ... Jimmy Merrill
Daniela Bianchi ... Evelyn
Peter van Eyck ... Oscar Rubeck
Giulio Bosetti Giulio Bosetti ... Erik
María Granada María Granada ... Betty Lou
Beni Deus ... Moran (as Benny Deus)
Luis Induni ... Charles Bressart
Enrique Navarro Enrique Navarro ... Galvao
Franco Andrei ... Ned Robbins
Wolfgang Hillinger Wolfgang Hillinger ... Alexej (as Wolf Hillinger)
Mirella Pamphili ... Stripper (as Mirella Panfili)
John Karlsen ... Franco
Gianni Rizzo Gianni Rizzo ... Atenopoulos
Giorgia Moll ... Edith
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Storyline

In 1960s Morocco, an international crime syndicate is hired to eliminate Western secret agents. When a U.S. agent is killed by the syndicate, the U.S. government decides to send-in a freelance mercenary agent named Jimmy Merrill. The government doesn't know who's running the syndicate but a certain Oscar Rubeck is on their radar. Rubeck is a former Nazi intelligence officer who disappeared after WW2 and surfaced later, during the Cold War, as an assassin-for-hire. The U.S. government fears that Communist interests hired Rubeck to eliminate all Western agents in Morocco, thus paving the way for a Communist takeover. Freelance agent Jimmy Merrill arrives in Morocco, under the code-name Bingo, and he's instructed to work with two Norwegian intelligence officers, Erik and Edith. Merrill's task is to locate and capture Rubeck, interrogate him and hand him over to the Norwegians who want Rubeck in Oslo. The Norwegian government suspects that Rubeck is responsible for the 1956 bombing of a ... Written by nufs68

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Ein explosiver agententhriller ! (An explosive spy thriller !) See more »


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Country:

Italy | Spain | West Germany

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

15 October 1966 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Italian censorship visa # 47940 delivered on 13-10-1966. See more »

Quotes

Franco: You were saying?
Moran: We must replace O'Brien.
Franco: Quite right.
Moran: Well, I suggest sending Michael Palmer. He's class A in judo and karate, on rapid pistol fire, his scores are always outstanding. And as far as physical training...
Franco: Hell's Bells, Moran! We're not out to win the Olympics.
Moran: But surely...
Franco: You listen to me, these superman of yours, so full of vitamins, they're no good for this job. Can't you understand? Our agents know all about Russian, Chinese and Cuban espionage. However, this time we're up ...
[...]
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Don't Ever Let Me Go
sung by Lydia MacDonald
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Unpleasant spy thriller
18 November 2002 | by vjetorixSee all my reviews

Stewart Granger's last foray into the spy genre opens with a stripper act where a bullfight film is projected onto a girl's body as she seductively removes her clothing. I can't help but see this as a metaphor for the general attitude of the film in treating women as appliances, or worse. Of Granger's three spy films made in the 60's (the other two being Red Dragon and Target For Killing), this is the most violent and misogynist.

The film wants to be a morality play but the lack of conviction for such things shows through too often to be taken seriously. It's a pretty tight little espionage thriller but the hidden agendas of the filmmakers make it clear we're in the hands of the less capable. What could have been a cynical look at the meaninglessness of politics at this level, and it certainly tries to be that, the film instead reveals itself as a showcase of redneck attitudes and poor judgment. Adding insult to injury is the fact the score by no less than Piero Umiliani is not up to the standard we have come to expect.


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