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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

Writers:

Dominique Fabre (story), Guerdon Trueblood (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
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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M
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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

English

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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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A big mistake for everyone involved.
11 March 2009 | by mhall-17See all my reviews

I caught this turkey on late night T.V. and was frankly embarrassed for Taylor and Boyer, two distinguished performers who deserved to end their careers with some kind of dignity and grace. The whole thing was like someone's home movie of a recent nightmare. The movies also illustrates the truth of the adage: "Dying is easy;comedy is hard." Robert Taylor (for one) has never shown any kind of comic flair. The best that can be said of his performance here is that he made the wise decision to play his role "straight", with no attempt to be 'funny" in the delivery of his lines. About the only appeal this film might have would be for devotees of bondage films who enjoy watching the three giggling old ladies tie up and terrorize the heroine.


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