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L'espion (1966)

Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who's recruited by a shady CIA agent, named Adam, to help them with the defection of a ... See full summary »

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Raoul Lévy (as Raoul Levy)

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Robert Guenette (screenplay), Raoul Lévy (screenplay) (as Raoul Levy) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Montgomery Clift ... Prof. James Bower
Hardy Krüger ... Counselor Peter Heinzmann (as Hardy Kruger)
Macha Méril ... Frieda Hoffmann (as Macha Meril)
David Opatoshu ... Orlovsky
Christine Delaroche Christine Delaroche ... Ingrid Weiß
Hannes Messemer ... Dr. Saltzer
Karl Lieffen Karl Lieffen ... Major Windisch
Uta Levka ... Mädchen unter der Dusche
Roddy McDowall ... Agent Adams (as Roddy Mc Dowall)
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Storyline

Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who's recruited by a shady CIA agent, named Adam, to help them with the defection of a Russian scientist. But an East German secret agent, named Peter Heinzeman, learns of Bower's meeting with Adam and threatens Bower to mind his own business, while Bower learns of a back story to all this involving stolen microfilm that each side wants. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

France | West Germany

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

16 November 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lautlose Waffen See more »

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Production Co:

PECF,Rhein Main See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At the end of the movie, the monument inscribed "zum gedenken an die opfer der kriege" means "to commemorate the victims of war". See more »

Goofs

Early in the film, Bower is talking to Heinzmann. Bower is holding his cigarette vertically because he has a long ash. The POV switches and Bower has his hand down and cigarette horizontal, still with a long ash on it and he quickly taps the ash off into the ashtray. See more »

Quotes

Counselor Peter Heinzmann: He seems to suffer from a disease I can only call "espionitus".
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Crazy Credits

Most items in the closing credits appear and/or disappear in time with rhythms in the final music. See more »

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Referenced in Machine Gun McCain (1969) See more »

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Strictly average spy flick
4 December 2002 | by barnabyrudgeSee all my reviews

The Defector is the final screen appearance of the great Montgomery Clift. It is a decent enough performance, but barely matches the high standards of his earlier performances.

The film itself is typical '60s Cold War stuff, with a complex plot and lots of cloak and dagger treachery. Clift plays a scientist who is blackmailed into working as a spy behind the Iron Curtain. His cover is dangerously thin from the beginning, but by the end it has been blown wide open and he has to flee for his life. Indeed, the film only really comes to life during that final half hour or so. The build up is mildly intriguing, but not sufficiently so to make this a great film. The location photography helps to give the film a sense of authenticity, if nothing else.

I wouldn't recommend The Defector to anyone other than spy afficianados or fans of Montgomery Clift.


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