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The Venetian Affair (1966)

Approved | | Action, Thriller | 10 February 1967 (Ireland)
Former CIA man, Bill Fenner, now a downbeat, loner journalist, is sent to Venice to investigate the shock suicide bombing by an American diplomat at a peace conference.

Director:

Jerry Thorpe

Writers:

E. Jack Neuman (screenplay by), Helen MacInnes (based upon the nove byl)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Vaughn ... Bill Fenner
Elke Sommer ... Sandra Fane
Felicia Farr ... Claire Connor
Karlheinz Böhm ... Robert Wahl (as Karl Boehm)
Luciana Paluzzi ... Giulia Almeranti
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud
Roger C. Carmel ... Mike Ballard
Edward Asner ... Frank Rosenfeld
Joe De Santis ... Jan Aarvan
Fabrizio Mioni ... Russo
Wesley Lau ... Neill Carlson
Bill Weiss Bill Weiss ... Goldsmith
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Storyline

After an American diplomat inexplicably explodes a bomb during an international peace conference in Venice, killing himself and everyone in the room, CIA boss Frank Rosenfeld calls ex-agent Bill Fenner in on the case. Fenner is forced to find his ex-wife and save her from the clutches of both the good guys and the bad guys, while still obtaining the Vaugiroud report and uncovering the bombing conspiracy. Written by Daniel Bolton

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Taglines:

Vaughn! Venice! Vooom!

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 February 1967 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Intriga en Venecia See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, Veneto, Italy

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Movie writer/producer E. Jack Neuman has an uncredited role as the suicidal American diplomat at the beginning of the film. See more »

Quotes

Bill Fenner: Why me? You got eleven good men in this office you could send in there.
Mr. Pennyman: You're the one I can spare.
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Connections

Referenced in Italy's in Season (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Venetian Affair
Words by Hal Winn
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by Julius LaRosa
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Under-rated dramatic, 60s spy film
26 June 1999 | by djb896328See all my reviews

In 1967, when the spy genre became well and truly a parody of itself, there were only some spy films that were serious attempts in the genre. "The Venetian Affair" is one such film. It's a very well made, suspenseful and dramatic work, based on Helen MacInnes' novel of the same name. Still TV's super-spy Napoleon Solo, Robert Vaughn plays the anti-hero, antithesis of Solo/Bond/Flint etc, as former-CIA man, now downtrodden journalist Bill Fenner. He plays Fenner extremely well, a perfect role for Vaughn's sensibilities as a thoughtful, intellectual man. Aided magnificently is a strong European cast - Elke Sommer, Boris Karloff, Luciana Paluzzi and Karl Boehm to name just a few. Also prominent is Edward Asner as the tough CIA chief Rosenfeld.

Overall, this is an excellent and often misunderstood film. Most people and critics alike, expected the any spy film from this era to be more glamorous and fun a la "In Like Flint" or "You Only Live Twice" which came out the same year. However, looking in retrospect some thirty-years on, one can appreciate a fine dramatic work, one which stands up to the test of time much better than any of its more outrageous competitors.


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