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Enigma (1982)

A CIA 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

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
Georges Beauvilliers Georges Beauvilliers
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Storyline

The CIA 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 CIA and sent to East Berlin to steal the scrambler of the Enigma, the machine used by the soviet intelligence for communication. On the arrival, Holbeck discovers that the KGB and the East Germany government know that he has arrived and his contacts are arrested. Holbeck meets his former lover, the lawyer Karen Reinhardt, and she gives a safe house to him. The Russian agent Dimitri Vasilikov and the East German agent Kurt Limmer try to find Holbeck's whereabout 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 CIA has the scrambler and he is only a bait to convince the Russians that they do not have it. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Den varme spion See more »

Filming Locations:

Lille, Nord, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono
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Trivia

Sam Neill stars as a Russian KGB agent in this movie. Around the time of this film, Neill was famed for playing British spy Sidney Reilly in Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983). But in fact, Enigma (1982) was released first at the beginning of 1983 whereas the TV series was premiered just before the last quarter of that year. Neill screen tested for the role of James Bond prior to The Living Daylights (1987). See more »

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Nice work my Sheen & Neill
22 May 2002 | by aramo1See all my reviews

Based on R2 DVD by EuroVideo 98 min

Direction and editing could be better as the story is occasionally confusing for no good reason, lacks tension and the ending is very abrupt. The DVD is in 4:3.

All that aside, both stars [looking very young indeed] turn in respectable performances and the locations look authentic.

6/10 a little generous but worth watching on TV


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