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Sebastian (1968)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 29 January 1969 (France)
A British mathematician, working on code decryption, unexpectedly falls in love with another decrypter. This leads them to a complicated intrigue within the codebreakers.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Leo Marks (original screen story), Gerald Vaughan-Hughes (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dirk Bogarde ... Sebastian
Susannah York ... Rebecca Howard
Lilli Palmer ... Elsa Shahn
John Gielgud ... Head of Intelligence
Janet Munro ... Carol Fancy
Ronald Fraser ... Toby
Nigel Davenport ... Gen. Phillips
Margaret Johnston ... Miss Elliott
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Beach Ann Beach ... Pamela
James Belchamber ... Man with Dog
Veronica Clifford Veronica Clifford ... Ginny
Charles Farrell ... Taxi Driver
Alan Freeman Alan Freeman ... TV Disc Jockey
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Chess Player
Portland Mason Portland Mason ... 'UG' Girl
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Storyline

A British mathematician, working on code decryption, unexpectedly falls in love with another decrypter. This leads them to a complicated intrigue within the codebreakers. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Codes were made to be broken. / Women were made to be loved. / Sebastian was made to do both! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. Sebastian See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Maccius See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Color:

Color (Prints by Technicolor)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For the female lead, if Rex Harrison, ("this charming shit", as Michael Powell described him") were to star, he wanted Julie Christie, Sarah Miles, Vanessa Redgrave, or Dame Maggie Smith to co-star. See more »

Quotes

Sebastian: Generally speaking I consider my private life to be my own concern.
Head of Intelligence: Well, yes - of course it is. But then again of course it isn't.
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Connections

Referenced in Endeavour: Canticle (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Out of My Mind
Performed by Max Baer & The Chicago Setback
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Good acting, good music, lousy plot.
1 January 2006 | by michael-dixon2See all my reviews

The list of excellent actors and actresses in the film is endless and includes Dirk Bogarde, Susannah York, Sir John Gielgud, Lili Palmer and Nigel Davenport, with many more first-rate performers besides. Add to this the musical talents of Jerry Goldsmith and it is quite an achievement by the Director to create this piece of utter nonsense, especially as some of the screenplay is worthy and the settings very 60's and good. Is this meant to be a serious film? It could only have merit if it was a total send-up of it's decade and spy-films generally, but as Dirk Bogarde later described it as a "non-event," the meaning and intent was obviously lost on him; a big disadvantage as he was the star. This film must have begun with promise and potential for why else would such an array of talent include themselves in it's making? Something after that went radically wrong, but like your other contributors I would gladly purchase a DVD if only, in my case, for curiosity value.


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