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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

The advance publicity title was 'The Legacy of a Spy'. 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

Eddie Chapman: I'm a realist. I'm in prison and I want to get out! I don't give a damn for Germany, or for England either. Why should I? What have they done for me lately?
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Now Is Forever
(uncredited)
Music by Georges Garvarentz, Lyrics by M.J. Coignard-Helison and Sammy Cahn
Performed by The Roland Shaw Orchestra
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Never Really Delivers, Thus, A Huge Disappointment
6 June 2015 | by denis888See all my reviews

I love war movies, and especially WWII ones. Also, a theme of a double agent who was involved in some very high levels of power of 2 sides, and was into some very high levels of authorities seems a very captivating plot. Plus, come a great cast of outstanding actors, such as Christopher Plummer as Eddie Chapman, Romy Schneider as Countess, Trevor Howard as British Intelligence Officer, Gert Fröbe as Col. Steinhager, Claudine Auger as Paulette, Yul Brynner as Col. Baron Von Grunen - so, the final result may seem a thrilling watch. Well, it was not, sadly. The very good and promising start of a movie gave us some large hope for better, but then, the film fell onto a trap of slow tempo, very predictable twists and very trite clichés. Plummer is good here yes, cool, polishes, withdrawn, sarcastic ( as he later would prove as a Duke Of Wellington in a great, sadly underestimated 1970's Waterloo), but he cannot save this otherwise plodded and oftentimes messy array of unexpected comic twists, unconvincing drama, very poorly depicted personal conflicts. Generally, the movie makes you yawn and wait for a quicker ending. Yul Brinner is not bad here, too, but this highly comic, artificial accent brings all down to a pure farce. My opinion? Not that bad, sure, but not good at all, either. A very middle-of-the-road run, a very medium try at the highly potential story.


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