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Subterfuge (1968)

A young wife is becoming very distraught over the fact that her husband, a secret service "spy" for England, has changed his mind about transferring away so that he can spend more time with... See full summary »


Peter Graham Scott


David Whitaker


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gene Barry ... Michael A. Donovan
Joan Collins ... Anne Langley
Richard Todd ... Col. Victor Redmayne
Tom Adams ... Peter Langley
Suzanna Leigh ... Donetta
Michael Rennie ... Goldsmith
Marius Goring ... Shevik
Scott Forbes ... Pannell
Colin Gordon ... Kitteridge
Guy Deghy ... Dr. Lundgren
Dermot Kelly Dermot Kelly ... Van Driver
Stuart Cooper ... Dubrossman
John Welsh ... Heiner
Clifford Earl Clifford Earl ... Policeman
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Photographer


A young wife is becoming very distraught over the fact that her husband, a secret service "spy" for England, has changed his mind about transferring away so that he can spend more time with her and their young son. He has grown cold and distant towards her; she thinks it 's because of the secretiveness of his work. Meanwhile, an American spy comes to England and is induced to help the British "team" with an undercover spy ring. When this spy ring is over turned the "bugs" that crawl out from under its rock shocks everyone! Written by McGinty <McGinty@aol.com>

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An amazing nightmare of deception!









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December 1968 (UK) See more »

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Subterfugio See more »

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Stars Gene Barry and Richard Todd died six days apart in December 2009. See more »


[At 1:20:06] Anne Langley puts the cup on the table which wasn't in her hand, but already on the table in the previous shot. See more »


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60s spy caper - worth a look
16 June 2013 | by milliefanSee all my reviews

Subterfuge is quite an elusive title to track down, however it was released on VHS in the US, and DVD copies have recently become available. The cast is pretty starry, however the plot is rather confused, and Peter Graham Scott's direction couldn't be described as anything other than workmanlike. Of chief interest are the location shots of the London of 1968 - fascinating for those who know the capital well - and the luminous Joan Collins, who, clearly realising the weak script wasn't going to give the audience much for their money, and that her good-girl role lacked much substance, sets about creating a one-woman style festival. So we get Joan in hats, leotards, thigh-high leather boots, evening dresses, mini-dresses, furs ... you name it - if it was 'in' in 1968, Joan is wearing it and looking as glorious as always (and slimmer than ever). And for the more sombre scenes when her character's life is in turmoil, Joan isn't afraid to deglamourise her look. As for the rest of the cast, the only performances of note are Marius Goring (his name way down in the credits!) as the chief villain, and Suzanna Leigh being surprisingly good as a somewhat psycho villainess. Top-billed Gene Barry resembles a walking store-window dummy: devoid of any emotion or talent whatsoever, he seems disinterested and disconnected from the action and the actors around him, and he is the main reason the film fails. A poor script can be enlivened by a star turn such as that of Miss Collins, or a fun and campy characterisation such as that of Miss Leigh, but with a leading man as uninspired as Gene Barry, Subterfuge is beyond saving.

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