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The Tamarind Seed (1974)

During a Caribbean vacation, a British civil servant finds herself falling in love with a Russian Agent.

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Blake Edwards (screenplay), Evelyn Anthony (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Andrews ... Judith Farrow
Omar Sharif ... Feodor Sverdlov
Anthony Quayle ... Jack Loder
Dan O'Herlihy ... Fergus Stephenson (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
Sylvia Syms ... Margaret Stephenson
Oskar Homolka ... General Golitsyn (as Oscar Homolka)
Bryan Marshall ... George MacLeod
David Baron David Baron ... Richard Paterson
Celia Bannerman ... Rachel Paterson
Roger Dann Roger Dann ... Colonel Moreau
Sharon Duce Sharon Duce ... Sandy Mitchell
George Mikell George Mikell ... Major Stukalov
Kate O'Mara ... Anna Skriabina
Constantine Gregory ... Dimitri Memenov (as Constantin de Goguel)
John Sullivan John Sullivan ... 1st KGB Agent
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Storyline

While on vacation in Barbados to recover from the lingering effects of a love affair that ended badly, Judith Farrow meets Feodor Sverdlov, a handsome Russian. They find pleasure in each other's company as they visit colorful places on the island, but there are complications to their budding romance after their vacation in the tropical paradise comes to an end. Problems arise due to geopolitical concerns of the Cold War, for Judith is the assistant to an important minister serving in the British Home Office in London, and Feodor is the Soviet air attaché assigned in Paris to Soviet General Golitsyn. British intelligence officer Jack Loder suspects that Sverdlov is attempting to recruit Judith to work as a Soviet spy, and this is in fact what Feodor tells his boss that he is attempting to accomplish. Feodor tells Judith that this is a way for him to be able to see her without bringing about suspicion from his people. Due to somewhat similar thinking on the British side, she is ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Taglines:

The Tamarind Seed . . . where love grows and passion flowers. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 August 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La leyenda del tamarindo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Of the three movies scored by John Barry that debuted in 1974. Two were spy movies, this movie and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). The third movie was The Dove (1974). See more »

Goofs

Toward the end of the film when Andrews is on the aircraft and Sharif boards it, the aircraft is a Boeing 707-330. On take off it is a Boeing 747 "Jumbo Jet".

At the end of the film when Andrews meet Sharif in "Canada" there are "Alpine" style houses in the background, suggesting either Switzerland or Austria. See more »

Quotes

Feodor Sverdlov: I belong to a great country and a great socialist movement which one day will be accepted by the whole world.
Judith Farrow: God forbid.
Feodor Sverdlov: How could He if He doesn't exist?
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Connections

Features Foreign Correspondent (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Play It Again
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Don Black
Sung by Wilma Reading (uncredited)
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This one has it all.
16 August 2005 | by pedernaleslSee all my reviews

This movie is not highlighted in any discussion of the careers of either Julie Andrews or Omar Sharif, but it's a jewel. It has romance (the subtleness of which is very effective without constant bedroom scenes), intrigue, espionage, exotic locations, a multi-layered plot and plenty of suspense. You do have to pay close attention to keep up with the rather complicated story, but it pays off. The '70's clothing and hair styles are amusing, and the Russians are no longer the "bad guys," but those facts don't detract from the great storyline. Andrews and Sharif make a very attractive couple, and play their parts perfectly. In fact, everyone turns in a fine performance in this, one of my favorite movies.


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