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Foreign Exchange (1970)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | TV Movie 13 January 1970
A former British Secret Service agent is persuaded to negotiate a spy exchange with Russia, only to find himself drawn into political intrigues.


Roy Ward Baker


Jimmy Sangster (novel), Jimmy Sangster (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Robert Horton ... John Smith
Sebastian Cabot ... Max
Jill St. John ... Mary Harper
Dudley Foster Dudley Foster ... Leo
Clive Graham Clive Graham ... Johns
George Roubicek ... Karkov
Eric Pohlmann ... Borensko
Eric Longworth Eric Longworth ... Boreman
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Mrs. Roberts
Timothy Bateson
Blake Butler Blake Butler
Warren Stanhope
Martin Wyldeck


A former British Secret Service agent is persuaded to negotiate a spy exchange with Russia, only to find himself drawn into political intrigues.

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Action | Drama


Not Rated






Release Date:

13 January 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Geheimagent John Smith: Spion zum Austausch See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to a 15 January 1970 Associated Press report published two days day after the film's initial airing on ABC, the film ran about 12 minutes short because someone started the projector for part two of the film while several minutes of film were left on the projector unreeling part one. Per the AP: "This resulted in the omission of a big chunk of action in mid-program and panic at the studio when the program unexpectedly ended early. They grabbed a handy reel of film and slammed it on the air. ... Almost 350 viewers called ABC to ask what was wrong. And two called to congratulate the network on the filler program, a minidocumentary on the Revolutionary War that was never finished." See more »


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Born Beneath a Star
Music by Johnny Pearson
Lyrics by Tony Colton
Sung by John Rowles
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A Complex Game of Espionage
26 June 2014 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

When the news of a Russian spy being arrested in London is announced in the local newspaper a former spy now turned private eye becomes very concerned. Sure enough, "John Smith" (Robert Horton) is soon contacted by British Intelligence and asked to participate in a clandestine operation. At first John refuses but when his American girlfriend "Mary Harper" (Jill St. John) is threatened with immediate deportation he begrudgingly accepts the assignment. Essentially, the Russian spy arrested in London has been converted into a double agent and British Intelligence wants to position him in Moscow. So they want John to get arrested in Russia so that a trade can be worked out between the Russian spy and him. The Russian spy would be sent to Moscow in exchange for John. Unfortunately, although John gets arrested in Moscow the trade doesn't work out as planned and he now faces 25 years in Siberia with no way out. Anyway, rather than detail the entire story and risk ruining the film for those who haven't seen it I will just say that this was a pretty interesting spy caper which involved a complex game of espionage. Yet, while this movie had plenty of intrigue I thought it needed a bit more action, drama or suspense to really be effective. I also would have liked to have seen more of Jill St. John than what was offered. Additionally, from what I understand this particular movie may have been a follow-up to another film by the name of "The Spy Killer" and it's possible viewers could gain a greater appreciation or more perspective if they watched that one first. In any case, due to my previous comments I rate this movie as about average.

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