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Enigma (1982)

A C.I.A. Agent tries to infiltrate Soviet intelligence to stop a murderous diabolical plot.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

Michael Barak (novel), John Briley
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Alex Holbeck
Brigitte Fossey ... Karen Reinhardt
Sam Neill ... Dimitri Vasilikov
Derek Jacobi ... Kurt Limmer, East German
Michael Lonsdale ... Bodley
Frank Finlay ... Canarsky
Warren Clarke ... Konstantin
Michael Williams ... Hirsch, Limmer's Assistant
David Baxt ... Melton
Kevin McNally ... Bruno, CIA
Michel Auclair ... Doctor
Alan Adair Alan Adair
Féodor Atkine
Patrick Bauchau ... Russian Soldier (voice)
Georges Beauvilliers Georges Beauvilliers
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Storyline

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

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Trivia

Publicity for this movie stated that it was Martin Sheen's third consecutive British movie in a row. The others being Loophole (1981) and Gandhi (1982). See more »

Goofs

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 »

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True story badly directed and acted
3 September 2019 | by nicholls_lesSee all my reviews

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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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enigma See more »

Filming Locations:

Lille, Nord, France See more »

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Gross USA:

$893,967

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$893,967
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Sound Mix:

Mono
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