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Triple Cross (1966)

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

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

René Hardy (screenplay) (as Rene Hardy), Frank Owen (book) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 Jean-Claude Bercq ... Major Von Leeb
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Charlie
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Luftwaffe General (as Jean Rene Caussimon)
Annette Claudier Annette Claudier ... Prison Clerk
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Storyline

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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MASTER-CRIMINAL! SUPER-SPY! AND ALL TRUE! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Country:

France | UK | West Germany

Language:

English | French | German | Portuguese

Release Date:

9 December 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Terence Young's Triple Cross See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineurop See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

many of the non English speaking are dubbed by British equity members such as Robert Rietty Anton Diffring and Aubrey Woods. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of this film set in 1939 Christopher Plummer is reading a 1966 newspaper with the front page headline "New Concord Cost Shock" See more »

Quotes

Radio Announcer: Investigations disclose that at scenes of each of the recent burglaries, quantities of discarded chewing gum have been discovered, leading the authorities to believe that the crimes are the work of a band of hooligans, possibly Americans.
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Connections

Spoofed in Say Cheese, Please (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Triple Cross
(uncredited)
Music by Georges Garvarentz, Lyrics by Buddy Kaye
Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
Sung by Tony Allen
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Christopher Plummer as an amoral con man turned double agent for British and Germans......
27 April 2012 | by Neil DoyleSee 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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