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The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 15 December 1966 (USA)
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.


Michael Anderson


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




Complete credited cast:
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
Edith Schneider Edith Schneider ... Headmistress
Günter Meisner ... Hassler (as Gunter Meisner)
Ernst Walder Ernst Walder ... Grauber
Philip Madoc ... Oktober's Man (Brown Trousers)
John Rees John Rees ... Oktober's Man (Black-Rimmed Glasses)


Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neo-Nazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neo-Nazi 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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Pursuer or Pursued -- he played the most dangerous game in Europe... and he played it alone. See more »


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This movie was released a year after the source novel "The Berlin Memorandum" by Trevor Dudley Smith (as Adam Hall) was published. See more »


When Quiller is being followed by the luxury vehicle on the highway, the shots of Quiller with the vehicle right behind him and the intervening shots of Quiller watching the vehicle behind him in his side view mirror are taken on two different stretches of road, the straight on shots on a relatively straight road, the mirror shots on a road with a wide curve. See more »


[Gibbs and Rushington, two high ranking officials with the British Secret Service, are having a high class lunch]
Gibbs: Shame about KLJ.
Rushington: [in agreement] Hmm.
Gibbs: How was he killed?
Rushington: [matter of factly] Shot.
Gibbs: What gun?
Rushington: Long shot in the spine, actually. Nine point three. Same at Metzler.
Gibbs: Oh really.
Gibbs: [pouring a glass of wine] Oh, how's your lunch?
Rushington: [in a more animated tone] Rather good.
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Wednesday's Child (Theme Song)
Music by John Barry
Lyric by Mack David
Sung by Matt Monro
[Played on the radio when shoeless Quiller arrives at the hotel]
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They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore
28 November 2004 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (3 outta 5 stars)

The 1960s saw a plethora of two kinds of spy movies: the outrageous semi-serious James Bond ripoffs (like the Flint and Matt Helm movies) and the very dry, methodical ones that were more talk than action (mostly John Le Carre and Alistair MacLean adaptations). This is one of the better examples of the talky thrillers. Not that the movie is boring... there is lots of good, cat-and-mouse dialogue courtesy of playwright Harold Pinter. George Segal plays the hero, an undercover spy who goes to West Berlin to find out who killed his predecessor... who was on the trail of modern-day Nazis. Segal has surprisingly little difficulty in finding himself right in the thick of things... being captured and drugged by the baddies... and even having time for a romance with a German schoolteacher who may know more than she lets on. Parts of the movie reminded me a lot of the classic "The Third Man"... which I think the director was trying to emulate at times. Well, this is not quite a classic of that caliber but it is a very well-written and smoothly-paced "old school" thriller. Segal makes a very cool lead... witty and sarcastic, yet with a vulnerable side, too.

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English | German

Release Date:

15 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)


Color (DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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