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A Dandy in Aspic (1968)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 2 April 1968 (USA)
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During the Cold War, the British and Soviet intelligence services attempt to out-fox one another using the homesick double-agent Krasnevin as pawn in the complex spy-game.

Directors:

Anthony Mann, Laurence Harvey (uncredited)

Writers:

Derek Marlowe (screenplay), Derek Marlowe (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Krasnevin aka Alexander Eberlin
Tom Courtenay ... Gatiss
Mia Farrow ... Caroline
Harry Andrews ... Fraser
Peter Cook ... Prentiss
Lionel Stander ... Sobakevich
Per Oscarsson ... Pavel
Barbara Murray ... Miss Vogler
John Bird John Bird ... Henderson
Norman Bird ... Copperfield
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Lake
Calvin Lockhart ... Brogue
James Cossins ... Heston-Stevas
Michael Trubshawe ... Flowers
Lockwood West Lockwood West ... Quince
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Storyline

Double-agent Alexander Eberlin is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself! Accompanying him on his mission is a ruthless partner, who gradually discovers his secret as Eberlin tries to maneuver himself out of a desperate situation. Written by alfiehitchie

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Filmed on location on both sides of the Berlin Wall... See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spionen som ingen ville ha See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer John Alton, who had retired in 1960, met former colleague Anthony Mann in a Swiss casino high up in the Alps. Mann was directing "A Dandy in Aspic" at the time and wanted Alton to shoot his next picture. Alton agreed to talk to him about it the next day, but Mann died before their meeting. According to Alton, "He'd been losing so much money at the casino, that probably helped kill him. The industry lost a great man.". Laurence Harvey completed the picture. See more »

Quotes

Eberlin: You know, one thing about this damned profession - you're constantly being reminded of it. I feel like a whore in a creaking bed.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over a scene of someone moving a marionette by pulling on the various strings. See more »

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Referenced in A Night at the Movies: The Gigantic World of Epics (2009) See more »

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If You Want Love
by Ernie Sheldon and Quincy Jones
sung by Shirley Horn
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19 July 2017 | by bjacobSee all my reviews

I am not sure why this film gets a bad rap -- I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wonderful locations of an impossibly glamorous late-60s London, Lawrence Harvey suitably mysterious, a seeping sense of doom which won't give you nightmares but will make you appreciate the story arc even more.

Yes there are plot holes but nothing major. The character of Mia Farrow remains a cipher, but maybe it's intentional.

Watch out for two then future telly stars in minor roles: Richard O'Sullivan (of Man about the house) and Mike Pratt (of Randall and Hopkirk).

Recommended.


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