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The Limbo Line (1968)

Defectors are being sent back behind the iron curtain. Can the limbo line be stopped?


Samuel Gallu


Victor Canning (novel), Donald James


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Stevens ... Richard Manston
Kate O'Mara ... Irina Tovskia
Eugene Deckers ... Cadillet
Moira Redmond ... Ludmilla
Vladek Sheybal ... Oleg
Yolande Turner ... Pauline (as Yolande Finch)
Jean Marsh ... Dilys
Rosemary Rogers Rosemary Rogers ... Joan Halst
Hugo De Vernier Hugo De Vernier ... Halst
Alan Barry Alan Barry ... Williams
James Thornhill James Thornhill ... Pieter
Norman Bird ... John Chivers
Frederick Jaeger ... Alex
Eric Mason Eric Mason ... Castle
Denys Peek Denys Peek ... Jan


Defectors are being sent back behind the iron curtain. Can the limbo line be stopped?

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Crime | Drama


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Release Date:

3 March 1969 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Döden varnar bara en gång See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)
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Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »


Here I Go Again
Music by Johnnie Spence
Lyrics by Don Black
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A cold war cat and mouse thriller with class
12 May 2004 | by ClaireSee all my reviews

A thought provoking film with one of the most under-rated actors of his genre, the late Vladek Sheybal. His character, Oleg, is the mastermind behind The Limbo Line itself and as usual, the actor portrays the character as a cold hearted mercenary type who 'arranges' for defectors to be repatriated against their will, always dragged from the arms of their loved ones and spirited away into heaven alone knows where. This story follows the attempted repatriation of a ballet dancer played by Kate O'Mara. The result is a cat and mouse chase involving British agents as they allow her to be taken in their attempt to expose The Limbo Line ... and the man behind it! Does she escape? Do they get their man? you'll have to watch the film (yes, I know it is rarer than hen's teeth ... but it is worth looking out for).

Vladek Sheybal was probably perfectly cast as the mastermind behind this 're-patriation' process, seeing it from the other side as it were. In his early days at Oxford, he was almost spirited away by one of these faceless mercenaries himself. If nothing else, Vladek Sheybal was a brave and courageous man, and a mesmerising talent on screen.

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