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The Tamarind Seed (1974)

During a Caribbean holiday, 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 holiday 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 holiday 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 the 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

Screenwriter Earl Hamner Jr. was originally attached to pen the screenplay according to the 24th December 1971 edition of show-business trade paper 'The Hollywood Reporter'. The script was written but was not used when writer-director 'Blake Edwards' became attached to the production in these two capacities. The hiring of Edwards was announced in the 21st March 1973 edition of show-business trade paper 'Variety'. Hamner's screenplay was apparently "discarded", and if any of it was used, Hamner was not billed for any of the movie's script-writing. 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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Soundtracks

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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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