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The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

In the West Berlin of the 1960s, two British agents are killed by a Nazi group, prompting British Intelligence to dispatch agent Quiller to investigate.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Trevor Dudley Smith (based on the novel by) (as Adam Hall), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
George Segal ... Quiller
Alec Guinness ... Pol
Max von Sydow ... Oktober
Senta Berger ... Inge Lindt
George Sanders ... Gibbs
Robert Helpmann ... Weng
Robert Flemyng ... Rushington
Peter Carsten ... Hengel
Ernst Walder Ernst Walder ... Grauber
Edith Schneider Edith Schneider ... Headmistress
Philip Madoc ... Oktober's Man (Man with brown trousers)
Günter Meisner ... Hassler (as Gunter Meisner)
John Rees John Rees ... Oktober's Man (Man with black-rimmed glasses)
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Storyline

Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neonazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neonazi chief "Oktober" and involved in a dangerous game where each side tries to find out the enemy's headquarters at any price... Written by Dirk Bauer <dbauer@gris.uni-tuebingen.de>

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Taglines:

QUILLER... Quiller is not just another spy and The Quiller Memorandum is not just another spy story. Quiller works in a deadly lonely way... always unorthodox... always effective. If Quiller shatters your nerves, remember... he's living on his. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quiller Memorandum See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The theme music played throughout the film was recorded by Matt Monro as "Wednesday's Child". The song is playing on the radio in the reception of Quiller's hotel and appears on several of Monro's albums. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase scene, the cars behind Segal's Porsche appear and disappear, and are sometimes alongside his car, on the drivers (left) side.. See more »

Quotes

Quiller: Met a man called Oktober.
Pol: Oh yes?
Quiller: Know him?
Pol: We've never actually met.
Quiller: At the end of our conversation, he ordered them to kill me.
Pol: And did they?
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Connections

Referenced in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Downtown
(uncredited)
Written by Tony Hatch
Played at the bowling alley
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Dated, but Still Good
30 October 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 60's, in Berlin, two British agents that are investigating a Neonazi ring are murdered. The Chief of the Secret Service Pol (Alec Guinness) summons the efficient agent Quiller (George Segal) to investigate the location of organization's headquarter. He contacts the teacher Inge Lindt (Senta Berger) expecting to get some clues to be followed and soon he is abducted the the leader Oktober (Max von Sydow) and his men. Oktober also wants to know the location of the British base in Germany and uses drugs in Quiller to get the information but the skilled agent resists. Quiller has a love affair with Inge and they seek out the location of Oktober. When they find, Quiller gives the phone number of his base to Inge and investigates the place. But soon he finds that she has been kidnapped and Oktober gives a couple of hours to him to give the location of the site; otherwise Inge and him will be killed. What will Quiller do?

"The Quiller Memorandum" is a dated, but still good spy movie. The cast is exceptional, with George Segal, Alec Guinness, Max von Sydow, George Sanders and one of the most beautiful and talented actresses ever, Senta Berger. The ambiguity of the conclusion is very clear for me but open to interpretation. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "A Morte Não Manda Aviso" ("The Death does not Send Warn")


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