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The Tamarind Seed ()


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During a Caribbean holiday, a British civil servant finds herself falling in love with a Russian agent.

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Judith Farrow
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Feodor Sverdlov
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Jack Loder
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Fergus Stephenson (as Daniel O'Herlihy)
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Margaret Stephenson
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General Golitsyn (as Oscar Homolka)
Bryan Marshall ...
George MacLeod
David Baron ...
Richard Paterson
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Rachel Paterson
Roger Dann ...
Colonel Moreau
Sharon Duce ...
Sandy Mitchell
George Mikell ...
Major Stukalov
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Anna Skriabina
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Dimitri Memenov (as Constantin de Goguel)
John Sullivan ...
1st KGB Agent
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2nd KGB Agent
Leslie Crawford ...
3rd KGB Agent
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Igor Kalinin
Janet Henfrey ...
Embassy Section Head
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lewis Alexander ...
Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
Ernest Blyth ...
Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
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Visitor at Zoo (uncredited)
Walter Henry ...
Man On Airport Escalator (uncredited)
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Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ...
Diner in Restaurant (uncredited)
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Diner in Restuarant (uncredited)

Directed by

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Blake Edwards

Written by

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Blake Edwards ... (screenplay)
 
Evelyn Anthony ... (novel)

Produced by

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Johnny Goodman ... associate producer
Ken Wales ... producer

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John Barry

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Freddie Young ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Ernest Walter

Casting By

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Weston Drury Jr. ... (as Weston Drury Jnr.)

Art Direction by

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Harry Pottle

Makeup Department

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Mike Jones ... hairdresser
Tom Smith ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Basil Rayburn ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Derek Cracknell ... assistant director
Guy Sauteret ... assistant director: France
Raymond Becket ... second assistant director (uncredited)
Gary White ... second assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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John Bramall ... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum ... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Winston Ryder ... sound editor
John Hayward ... re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Michael Hickey ... sound (uncredited)

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James Allen ... cameraman: second unit
Chris Holden ... camera operator (as Christopher Holden)
Trevor Coop ... focus puller (uncredited)
Tom McGuinness ... lighting (uncredited)
Robert Willoughby ... special still photographer (uncredited)
Micky Wilson ... best boy (uncredited)

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John Briggs ... wardrobe supervisor
Emma Porteous ... clothes co-ordinator: Miss Andrews' (as Emma Porteus)

Location Management

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Arnold Ross ... unit location manager

Music Department

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John Barry ... conductor
Sidney Margo ... music contractor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Brian Estabrook ... unit driver (uncredited)

Other crew

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Maurice Binder ... title designer: main title
Pamela Carlton ... continuity
Brian Harris ... production accountant
Alfred Pragnell ... production liaison: Barbados (as Alfred Pragnall)
Mary Fielder ... film extra (uncredited)
Geoff Freeman ... unit publicist (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 encouraged to see him as well. Loder is attempting to discover the identity of an undercover Soviet agent that has been sending confidential reports to Moscow. Soon he also is told to help a Soviet agent who wishes to defect to the West. Written by Brian Greenhalgh

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Taglines Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif . . . together as only lovers world apart can be. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Tamarind Seed (World-wide, English title)
  • Top Secret (France)
  • Top secret (France)
  • La semilla del tamarindo (Spain)
  • Snärjd i nätet (Sweden)
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  • 125 min
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Budget $2,400,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Final cinema movie of actor Oskar Homolka. See more »
Movie Connections Features Foreign Correspondent (1940). See more »
Soundtracks Play It Again See more »
Quotes Feodor Sverdlov: Let me teach you the first lesson about these little games. You must try to tell the truth as long as possible. That way, when times change and you have to lie, there is a great chance that you will be believed.
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