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Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Not Rated | | Crime, Thriller | 14 January 1968 (UK)
A former British spy stumbles into in a plot to overthrow Communism with the help of a supercomputer. But who is working for whom?

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Harry Palmer
... Leo Newbigen
... Gen. Midwinter
... Col. Stok (as Oscar Homolka)
... Anya (as Francoise Dorleac)
... Col. Ross
... Dr. Eiwort
Milo Sperber ... Basil
Janos Kurutz ... Latvian Gangster
Alexei Jawdokimov ... Latvian Gangster
Paul Tamarin ... Latvian Gangster
Izabella Telezynska ... Latvian Gangster (as Iza Teller)
Mark Elwes ... Birkenshaw
Stanley Caine ... G.P.O. Special Delivery Boy
Gregg Palmer ... First Dutch Businessman
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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. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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The three main actors have all won Academy Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, 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, 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 among the cast. See more »

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Train wagon in Russia was marked VR which is Finnish Railways acronym meaning Valtion Rautatiet. See more »

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Col.Stok: I suppose a young man like you wouldn't know the pleasure of removing a tight collar.
Harry Palmer: I thought Lenin called such comforts "momentary interest."
Col.Stok: Don't tell me what Lenin said. I touched Lenin. I stood by him in Ruzheinaya Square in July, nineteen hundred and twenty; the second congress. I touched him. Those are the words he used to describe the comforts and pleasures with which the proletariat are diverted from their more important historic mission. But I am not being diverted. Well, are you ...
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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 »


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A Hard Day's Night
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Cold Comfort in The Frozen Wastes of Latvia
24 December 2000 | by See all my reviews

The BBC have been showing this film for years and recently in the widescreen format. Any film that gets the widescreen treatment at the moment is usually one held in high regard and BDB is certainly worthy.

The third in the Harry Palmer trio of spy movies, BDB is a "tour do force" of imagery, sound and acting talent. Directed by Ken Russell, this is one of the few examples of art film combined with commercial film production. The cinematography is superb with atmospheric footage shot in Finland (expensive), stunning studio sets including the computer room belong to megalomaniac General Midwinter and an end sequence which is both very graphic and impressive.

This is a fast moving film and is very Kaleidoscopic. I am sure this is a black comedy with all the leading players providing moments of hilarity, none more so than Karl Malden as Leo Newbiggin, as he attempts to con Harry Palmer and his employer out of millions. Michael Caine is equally funny with his quips and femme fatal Francois Dorleac is both stunningly gorgeous and amusingly funny as the temptress with a killer touch. To my complete and utter shock, I learned on this database that Francois Dorleac sadly died in a car crash at Nice in France the same year the film was released in 1967. She was only 25.

This is a film which I never tire of watching due to all of the above and is one of Michael Caine's best in an illustrious career. Watch out for Donald Sutherland playing a bit part as a scientist in the computer room. Blink and you will miss him. 10/10


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