When architect Stephen Booker loses his partnership, he finds jobs hard to come by, and with money in short supply, he unwittingly becomes involved in a daring scheme to rob one of London's biggest bank vaults.
An RCMP officer is ordered to discreetly take a Russian immigrant into custody in advance of a state visit by the Soviet premier. When his prisoner is kidnapped, the officer is drawn into a complicated assasination scheme.
The C.I.A. discovers a Russian plot to assassinate five defectives on the Christmas Day, but they do not know who they are. The defective Alex Holbeck is recruited in Paris by the C.I.A. and sent to East Berlin to steal the scrambler of the Enigma, the machine used by Soviet intelligence for communication. On arrival, Holbeck discovers that the K.G.B. and the East German government know that he has arrived and his contacts are arrested. Holbeck meets his former lover, lawyer Karen Reinhardt, and she gives him a safe house. Russian Agent Dimitri Vasilikov and East German Agent Kurt Limmer try to find Holbeck's whereabouts using different methods, while Karen seduces Dimitri to get the information about the location of the soldiers that Holbeck needs. However, Holbeck does not know that the C.I.A. has the scrambler, and he is only the bait to convince the Russians that they do not have it.Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
During a radio broadcast (some 4 minutes into the movie), the Martin Sheen character gives the name of East Germany - the country of his birth - as "Deutschland Democratic Republic" whereas the official name was "German Democratic Republic" in English and "Deutsche Demokratische Republik" in German. See more »
True story badly directed and acted
Since this is a true story I watched it through to the end. It is quite a dull, dreary film and most of the actors made no effort to act. Sheen, Neill and Fossey all seemed bored and made no effort to speak in the accents of the people they were portraying.
Fossey looked like someone in a semi-coma through most of the film.
The editing was awful, at one point Sam Neil's character appeared in three different locations within a few minutes. The bad editing made it hard to follow where you were in the story.
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