Harry Palmer has left the British Secret Service and become a private detective. One of his first assignments is to deliver an apparently innocent Thermos flask to an old friend in Helsinki, Palmer is suspicious of the flask contents and begins to doubt the motives of his friend and those of his boss, a Texan billionaire.
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The three main actors have all won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Sir Michael Caine for Hannah and Her Sisters (1986) and The Cider House Rules (1999), Karl Malden for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), and Ed Begley for Sweet Bird of Youth (1962). (The latter two being in adaptations of Tennessee Williams' plays.) In addition, Sir Michael Caine was nominated four more times for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Karl Malden once more for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for On the Waterfront (1954). Also, Oscar Homolka earned a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for I Remember Mama (1948). In total, there are four wins and eight nominations amongst the cast. See more
Palmer is seen signing the Official Secrets Act in the car as he's just been re-assigned, after retirement. Civil Servants in fact, sign this just the once on first acceptance and are bound for life. They do not re-sign for specific tasks or missions. See more
Did you know for example, that the air in the East Coast of America is polluted by the Reds? Oh, you might look at me, but boy, I tell you and I know that the air in Texas is the only truly wholesome air in this world. That is why I have not been out of Texas in twenty five years. I don't like the air in other places.
It's amazing how we all survive, really.
In the opening credits, crew names are written in all uppercase letters, with the exception of Production Manager Eva Monley
whose name is written "eva monley". See more
The UK cinema release was cut to get an "A" rating to shorten the struggle between Harry and Anya. The 1985 Warner video featured the same print though the BBFC cuts were restored in the re-edited 2004 DVD. See more
Followed by Spy Story
Billion Dollar Brain (Main Theme)
Composed and Arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett
Orchestra conducted by Marcus Dods See more