During the Cold War, the chief of a British intelligence code-breaking section falls in love with a new employee and shields an old co-worker, accused of Communist affiliations, from the wrath of the security branch.
British mathematician Sebastian (Sir Dirk Bogarde), working on code decryption, unexpectedly falls in love with decrypter Rebecca Howard (Susannah York). This leads them to a complicated intrigue within the codebreakers.Written by
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Michael Powell was a producer on this movie, and chased many actors to play the lead. The one he wanted most was Rex Harrison. To make Harrison envious and to persuade him to play the part, he also offered it to several other hot actors. He found Christopher Plummer in the south of France, Peter O'Toole in Dublin, and Patrick McGoohan on an MGM soundstage and tried to sign them. Harrison kept dithering, and in the end, after also considering Sir Michael Caine, and at a cost of seventy-five thousand to one hundred fifty thousand dollars, David Warner, the title role eventually went to Sir Dirk Bogarde, who never saw himself right for the part. See more »
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Good acting, good music, lousy plot.
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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