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The Jigsaw Man (1983)

PG | | Thriller | 1983 (Argentina)
An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the KGB and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Philip Kimberley / Sergei Kuzminsky
... Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
... Penelope Kimberley / Annabelle Kimberley
... Jamie Fraser
... Sir James Chorley
Morteza Kazerouni ... Boris Medvachian
... Milroy
Eric Sevareid ... Himself
... Dr. Zilenka
... Cameron
Patrick Dawson ... Ginger
... Gen. Zorin
... Douglas Ransom
Maggie Rennie ... Mrs. Ransom
Richard Aylen ... Older Kimberley
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Philip Kimberly, the former head of the British Secret Service who defected to Russia, is given plastic surgery and sent back to Britain by the KGB to retrieve some vital documents. With the documents in hand, he instead plays off MI6 and the KGB against each other. Written by Alexander Lum

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The Game of Spying, Double Cross, Defection, Betrayal & Death.

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Trivia

Another version of the Burgess, Philby, and McLean story was planned between 1977-1978 with Alan Bates, Robert Shaw, and Vanessa Redgrave starring. Shaw's death, and financing issues, killed the project. See more »

Goofs

In the middle of the film the Admiral is driven home. He starts by going east down Whitehall towards Trafalgar Square, though he actually lives in on the Middlesex side of the Thames by Kew railway bridge, as is clear from the name of the adjacent sailing club. See more »

Quotes

Philip Kimberley: I was going to get a Cabinet post. I might even be Prime Minister by now.
Boris Medvachian: If you should go back to England now, you'll not get five years in the House of Commons, you'll get probably thirty years in Brixton jail.
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Only You And I
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Lyrics by Labi Siffre, Scott English
Sung by Dionne Warwick
Produced by Bob Gaudio
Rhythm arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock and Bob Gaudio
String & horn arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock
Recorded by Paul Lani and Rick Ruggieri
Mixed by Ron Hitchcock
Producers assistant: Marla Miller
Recorded at Sound Lab Studios, Los Angeles, California
Song & theme published by P.G.G.
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Philip Kimberly or Kim Philby?
14 April 2001 | by See all my reviews

I had seen a documentary about espionage a couple of weeks before seeing this film on TV by chance and i found it simply amusing. The parallels between the film character Philip Kimberly and Kim Philby of real life are too many for this to be just a coincidence (not to mention the name of the film character which seems itself to be some anagram of Kim Philby).

All in all this is a nice film if you like espionage with a little comedy on the side. As for the comment of the other reviewer about the film being hard to follow: i didn't think it was THAT hard to follow. Besides, this being an espionage movie, if it wasn't a teensy bit hard to follow what would be the fun in it?


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