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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 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 ... Russian General
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Police Chief
David Healy ... Halstead
Carl Jaffe ... Police Surgeon
Douglas Muir ... Wilfred
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Storyline

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 Wheatly, who operates the International 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 an overly complex 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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The key man to the most daring plot ever concocted by the secret agents of two worlds!

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Mystery | Thriller

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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According to director Franklin J. Schaffner, there was a break in filming lasting about a month, so that a detailed rewrite of the screenplay could be effected. See more »

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After the substitution of Slater he is kept alive and transported in the car providing the opportunity to escape. Once the switch is made Slater would have been easier to dispose of as a dead body in the trunk. See more »

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Frank Wheatly: I didn't come back to ask you to forgive Dan Slater. He has no need of it and he doesn't want it. In his world you don't admit mistakes and you don't offer any apologies. You simply win or you lose. There's nothing in-between.
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"You Don't Need to be Clever to win wars"
21 February 2015 | by lost-in-limboSee all my reviews

Just like its leading man Yul Brynner, "The Double Man" is a decently lean, direct and hard-hearted late 60s spy melodrama. A steadfast Brynner simply commands the screen, even when no dialogues are spoken, his psychical presence and glare can knock you down. Here he plays CIA agent Dan Slater who heads to a ski resort in the Tyrolean Alps after the reported accidental death of his son, but he believes it wasn't an accident and unknowingly to him his arrival is actually part of a cunning Cold War ploy. It's a well-handled and good-looking (thanks to the scenic cinematography of picturesque snowy backdrop) presentation, as the plot is thick on intrigue and investigation, as it slowly builds upon its brooding framework. There's nothing particularly exciting about it, as the thrills are few and minor and it's overly talky. However the structure is persistent, as the exchanges have a moody intensity and Brynner carries it along nicely with all that chasing and shadowy scheming going on behind the scenes. The ludicrous twist when it comes isn't much of one, because of the clues that are given. Really it only complicates matters, but this works for its stone cold approach. Franklin J. Schaffner's taut direction is grounded and practical in style, as he lets the story's conflicts evolve and the cast take control. The ever-beautiful Britt Ekland plays an important piece to the plot's stirrings and there's excellent support from the likes of Clive Revill, Anton Differing, Lloyd Nolan and Moira Lister. Also dominating was the instrumental music score. Sometimes it worked, other times it was on overload.


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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 »

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Albion Film Corp. (I) See more »
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Mono (RCA)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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