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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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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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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 (Dame Julie Andrews) meets Feodor Sverdlov (Omar Sharif), 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 (Oskar Homolka). British Intelligence Officer Jack Loder (Sir Anthony Quayle) 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 ... Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Trivia

One of numerous collaborations of actor and producer Ken Wales and writer and director Blake Edwards. 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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12 August 2004 | by groscinSee all my reviews

Worked as a Doorman at The Rivoli Cinema in Sydney in 1974. Lovely conversion from an intimate live venue, but unfortunately, never found an audience. Fond memories of "The Tamarind Seed" as the most successful movie to play at this lovely theatre. Originally played on the Hoyt's circuit at the Embassy Theatre, and transferred to our (Independant) Rivoli (capacity approx. 400 seats)for a very healthy 6 week season. The only movie I recall playing to capacity audiences of a Friday & Saturday evening. Recently acquired a (beautiful) copy on DVD at a truly bargain price, and was pleased that the suspense and story-line held up so well after 30 years. Yes, the fashions are laughable, but we make allowances for our favourite films of the 30's,40's,50's and 60's, so why do we judge so many classic films of the 70's & 80's by the fashions of the time A thoroughly enjoyable espionage thriller, a brilliant cast, and all under the direction of the superb Blake Edwards, begs the question as to why this film is so over-looked and forgotten?


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

23 August 1974 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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