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The Day the Hot Line Got Hot (1968)

Le rouble à deux faces (original title)
M | | Comedy
The most ultra-secret telephone number of all is that of the "Hot'Line' that links the heads of state of the United States and Moscow. A conniving double agent manages to steal the top ... See full summary »

Director:

Etienne Périer

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Dominique Fabre (story), Guerdon Trueblood (story) | 1 more credit »
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Charles Boyer ... Vostov
Robert Taylor ... Nichelson
Marie Dubois ... Natasha
George Chakiris ... Eric Ericson
Irene D'Astrea Irene D'Astrea ... Cecilia
Marta Grau Marta Grau ... Naomi
Josefina Tapias ... Irma
Gérard Tichy ... Truman
Gustavo Re ... Police Chief
Óscar Pellicer Óscar Pellicer ... Collins (as Oscar Pellicer)
Frank Oliveras Frank Oliveras ... Popov
Moisés Augusto Rocha Moisés Augusto Rocha ... Chinese Acrobat (as Jack Rocha)
Mel Welles ... General Vukov
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The most ultra-secret telephone number of all is that of the "Hot'Line' that links the heads of state of the United States and Moscow. A conniving double agent manages to steal the top secret phone number and then begins to implement chaos by phoning Washington and Moscow, telling the two powers that their respective spy chiefs are traitors. It's spy versus spy, agent versus double agent, counter spy against counter-counter spy in a rapidly increasing international crisis that finds its solution on the stage of Chinese theater in Barcelona, Spain as the spy leaders, the traitorous agent, a beautiful girl, three old ladies, a young man caught up in the chain of events and a troupe of acrobats collide head on in battle. Written by alfiehitchie

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Natasha: Eric, how did you get this way?
Eric Ericson: What way?
Natasha: So smart.
Eric Ericson: My father was a mathematics professor.
Natasha: But this not lying at all. Where did that come from? IBM?
Eric Ericson: No, from my father. "Truth", he said, "is what it's all about; life, love, everything".
Natasha: But within limits, Eric.
Eric Ericson: No, that's just the point; once you begin to lie, even little lies, you open the door and they come swarming in on you - half the miseries of the world - crime, ignorance, spies, wars. Take wars - do you know one war, Natasha, the wasn't...
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Tapping the hot-line
10 March 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Two international movie legends top the billing in The Day The Hot Line Got Hot. Robert Taylor and Charles Boyer play the operational chiefs of the CIA and KGB respectively. For Taylor this was his farewell performance on the big screen.

It was a middle-C type note to go out on. The Day The Hot Line Got Hot is a comic spoof on spy films that doesn't quite get off the ground. Someone for some nefarious reasons of their own splices into the famous telephone hot line between the White House and the Kremlin set up during the Kennedy presidency so that JFK and Khrushchev could talk one and one so that there would be no nuclear wars set off by accident. If you remember the hot line figured very prominently in a failed attempt to prevent nuclear war in Failsafe.

Anyway the individual who taps into the hot-line sent messages to both the US president and the Soviet premier that were the equivalent of an international Bronx cheer. They then kidnap the operator forced to send said messages and ship Marie Dubois to Barcelona in one of those old style steamer trunks.

Where things begin to go wrong as the trunks get mixed up and doesn't tourist George Chakiris get a big surprise when instead of his clothing, Dubois tumbles out. Now it's a case of saving the plan which was put in motion for a most interesting reason.

Taylor may have been in the first stages of the cancer that eventually killed him. Charles Boyer has the look of a man waiting for his paycheck to clear, both of them took these roles on possibly for a nice vacation in Spain where the story was filmed. There are a lot interesting jokes about spy training and double and triple agents, in fact that's the key to the whole story.

In any event fans of Taylor and Boyer should see this others will be disappointed.


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