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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 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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Details

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)

Gross USA:

$8,000,000, 31 December 1974

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,000,000, 31 December 1974
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

First movie in four years for Dame Julie Andrews whose last movie at the time had been Darling Lili (1970). 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

Judith Farrow: Everyone has a conscience. You don't think so?
Feodor Sverdlov: Would you say I have a conscience?
Judith Farrow: Well, perhaps not a very big one.
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Connections

Features Foreign Correspondent (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Man With a Monkey
(uncredited)
Music by Sam Fonteyn
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Julie Andrews has never looked more beautiful
31 March 2018 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

This is one of the rare movies that tapped into Julie Andrews' understated sex appeal; she is radiant throughout, with a ripe beauty. Omar Sharif, as a philosophical Russian, also has his moments, but the cast that surrounds them is not as interesting; the story goes every which way and goes on too long, with some excitement only in the last 10 minutes. Don't miss the James Bond - like opening title sequence - designed by Maurice Binder and scored by John Barry! **1/2 out of 4.


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