During WW2, convicted bank robber Eddie Chapman becomes a triple agent working for both the British and the Germans.


Terence Young


René Hardy (screenplay) (as Rene Hardy), Frank Owen (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Eddie Chapman
Romy Schneider ... Helga Lindstrom aka The Countess
Trevor Howard ... Freddie Young aka Distinguished Civilian
Gert Fröbe ... Colonel Steinhager (as Gert Froebe)
Claudine Auger ... Paulette
Yul Brynner ... Baron Von Grunen
Harry Meyen ... Lieutenant Keller
Georges Lycan Georges Lycan ... Leo
Jess Hahn ... Commander Braid
John Abbey John Abbey ... Lang
Gil Barber Gil Barber ... Bergman
Jean-Claude Bercq ... Major Von Leeb
Paul Bonifas ... Charlie
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Luftwaffe General (as Jean Rene Caussimon)
Annette Claudier Annette Claudier ... Prison Clerk


Loosely based on a true story, Christopher Plummer plays British bank robber Eddie Chapman who finds himself caught between the warring parties in WW2, the British and the Germans. working as a spy for both sides he tries to play the 3rd reich and the British against each other. The real life Chapman described himself as a completely 'amoral' person, which adds a nice philisophical touch to this somewhat colourful spy-flic. Is there any moral in making war? Even if you're the 'good' fighting 'evil'? Written by Void-4 <stringybark@iname.com>

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Rated PG for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »

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Stephen Boyd almost starred when it was first announced in 1964. See more »


The scene at Jersey airport has mountains in the background: Jersey has no mountains. See more »


Eddie Chapman: I want the German commandant!
Jersey Prison Warder: Oh, *that* again...!
Eddie Chapman: Yes, "that again"... and tell him that I *don't* like to be kept *waiting*!
Jersey Prison Warder: You're a cocky one!
Eddie Chapman: Look, if we don't push *ourselves*, no one else ever will! And let me tell you something: the more scared you are, *talk louder*! You'll get away with *murder*!
Eddie Chapman: Now go and tell the commandant I want to see him!
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Referenced in Romy (2009) See more »


Triple Cross Main Title
Written by Georges Garvarentz
Performed by The Roland Shaw Orchestra directed by Roland Shaw
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Christopher Plummer as an amoral con man turned double agent for British and Germans......
27 April 2012 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

What seems sometimes like an incredible tale of how a con man easily convinces the British and the Germans that he's working for them during WWII, with very little effort, is given rather routine treatment under the direction of Terence Young.

Christopher Plummer, fresh from playing the Captain in "The Sound of Music," lends a polished air of humor and sarcasm to the role of Eddie Chapman, a safe cracker who makes himself useful to both the British and the German armies by acting as a go between who uses his skills to thwart Germany's war plans for bombing London. Based on a true story, I'm sure it embellishes the truth with lots of fictional twists and turns that serve the purpose of keeping a viewer tuned in to find out what happens next.

A shorter running time would have helped, but the performances are all on a good level with special nods to Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard, Gert Frobe and Romy Schneider. Much of the story seems unconvincing despite the fact that the basic ingredients are based on a true story.

Somehow, Plummer's casting seems slightly off for this kind of material. Gert Frobe is a standout as a doubting Nazi who suspects Plummer is not quite what he pretends to be. Brynner is more low key than usual as an anti-Nazi German officer who knows the end of the war is near. Romy Schneider is excellent as Plummer's love interest.

Could have been a much tighter, more suspenseful tale than it is.

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9 December 1966 (France) See more »

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