15 user 9 critic

Enigma (1982)

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


Jeannot Szwarc


Michael Barak (novel), John Briley




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


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Thriller


PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


Michael Lonsdale and Derek Jacobi, adversaries in this, played police detectives working together to foil an assassin in "The Day of the Jackal". See more »


One of the aircraft seen on the tarmac claimed to be a "Mig" is a French Dassault Super-Mystère B2 with the unit badge of Escadron de chasse 3/12 Cornouaille visible. This is because the scene was shot at Le Bourget in France. See more »

User Reviews

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.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.



UK | France


English | German

Release Date:

7 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Enigma See more »

Filming Locations:

Lille, Nord, France See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (DVD release)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed