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
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 »
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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