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The Double Man (1967)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 1 May 1968 (USA)
In a complex piece of espionage the Russian secret service attempts to kidnap a high ranking officer in the CIA and replace him with a double of its own.

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Frank Tarloff (screenplay), Alfred Hayes (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Dan Slater / Kalmar
Britt Ekland ... Gina Ericson
Clive Revill ... Frank Wheatly
Anton Diffring ... Col. Berthold
Moira Lister ... Charlotte Carrington
Lloyd Nolan ... Edwards
George Mikell George Mikell ... Max Gruner
Brandon Brady ... Gregori
Julia Arnall ... Anna Wheatly
David Bauer ... Andrew Miller
Ronald Radd Ronald Radd ... Russian General
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Police Chief
David Healy David Healy ... Halstead
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Police Surgeon
Douglas Muir ... Wilfred
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Following notification of the death of his son, in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps, the cold and emotion-less widower Dan Slater, a high ranking member of the CIA, travels to Austria for the funeral. Dan is mysteriously provided evidence of foul play in his son's death and he decides to investigate. His friend, a former undercover operative, Frank Wheatley, who operates the Internationl School where Dan left his son in care proves useless as Dan seeks out the murderers. Eventually, Dan finds a witness who was on the ski slope at the time of the accident, Gina, the companion of wealthy socialite Mrs. Carrington. Gina identifies two male strangers and Dan is led into a cleverly thought out trap laid by Berthold, a Russian agent. The Russians plan to kidnap Slater, do away with him and substitute him with an exact double in order to obtain a mole in the highest echelons of the CIA. Will Berthold succeed or will Frank and Gina realize something is amiss and rescue Slater? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Taglines:

The key man to the most daring plot ever concocted by the secret agents of two worlds!

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legacy of a Spy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Albion Film Corp. (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was made and released about nine years after its source novel 'Legacy of a Spy' by author Henry Maxfield was first published in 1958. 'Legacy of a Spy' was also this film's working title. See more »

Goofs

At 1:20:37 an escaping Slater, whose hands have been closely cuffed, is for the moment free of the handcuffs, which are back on a moment later. See more »

Quotes

Gregori: Good luck.
Kalmar: Who needs luck? We've got organization.
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from the '60s spy film era
28 April 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Yul Brynner is "The Double Man" in this 1967 spy film also starring Britt Ekland, Clive Revill, Moira Lister, and Lloyd Nolan.

Brynner is Dan Slater, a CIA agent who travels to Austria after the death of his teenage son in a skiing accident. It's been written off as an accident, but Slater isn't convinced. He asks a former undercover agent (Clive Revill) for help, but ends up doing most of the investigating himself and soon realizes that this was no accident. But to what end? Slater stays in Austria hoping to figure out what the plan is, and who has initiated it and why. He eventually meets Gina (Ekland) after several attempts at meeting her on the slopes. Gina had seen his son on the lift.

The plot is soon revealed, leading to a dangerous confrontation.

Pretty good, with an excellent performance by Brynner as a cold, hard man who shows no emotion and perhaps feels none. Also, the scenery is gorgeous, as is Britt Ekland, at the height of her beauty here.

Someone here mentioned that the glossy spoofs are better remembered today, and perhaps that poster is correct. However, I don't think there's too much remarkable here. It's a serviceable film with a very intrusive music score.

See it for Brynner's performance.


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