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The Red Machine (2009)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 2010 (USA)
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The Red Machine is a movie starring Lee Perkins, Donal Thoms-Cappello, and Meg Brogan. Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... F. Ellis Coburn
... Eddie Doyle
Meg Brogan ... Agnes 'Aggie' Driscoll
Maureen Byrnes ... Stella Snyder
Mo Byrnes ... Stella Snyder (as Maureen Byrnes)
Eddie Lee ... Ichiro Shimada
Madoka ... Naomi Shimada (as Madoka Kasahara)
... Admiral Byron McAdams
Roger Ainslie ... Harrison Llewelyn Petrie
... Robert Eldridge Dean
... Tanaka
Walter Komorowski ... Wallis
... Lowell
... Murray
... Talmadge


Washington, DC, 1935: At the height of the Great Depression, a charming and irrepressible young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages. During the mission, which is complicated by the spy's dark past in Tokyo, the two discover that they are pawns in a larger game. Together, they devise an intricate but risky scheme to outwit the people trying to use them. Written by Anonymous

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Eight actors from The Red Machine (2009) appeared in the short film Gandhi at the Bat (2006), which was also directed by Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm: Lee Perkins, Donal Thoms-Cappello, David Ross Paterson, Nicholas Tucci, Stephen Kirkpatrick, John Gordon, Doug Swim and Ryan Pamiez. See more »


As Eddie and the lieutenant arrive at the code breaking building, there is what looks like a modern air-conditioning unit mounted high on the outside wall. See more »


F. Ellis Coburn: It's a capital offense, you know.
Eddie Doyle: What?
F. Ellis Coburn: What we're doing. It's espionage. If they catch us, the Japanese have every right to ship us back to Tokyo and have us executed.
Eddie Doyle: You never told me that.
F. Ellis Coburn: Didn't I?
Eddie Doyle: No. I would have remembered that.
F. Ellis Coburn: It's true.
Eddie Doyle: You're just saying that to try and cheer me up.
F. Ellis Coburn: It might not make the Denver Post, but it's one hell of an accomplishment.
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jupanese juju
Written by yokoyama, candler and fairey
Performed by the hungry march band
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Great 'caper' film, surprisingly well done
6 December 2013 | by See all my reviews

And I agree with Cameron McAllister in Atlanta - kudos to your review, sir. Thankfully-bereft of large-scale, multi-peopled-large-casts, loud noises, over-the-top music and up-scale 'city scenes', this quiet but interesting film depicts, on a mini-scale, some of the most cogent and intimate efforts by the US Guv what it took to capture the essence of the 'newer' Japanese code machine triggering WWII. It won't take a 5th of expensive Scotch (nod to the director for its inclusion, and how many of us knew, then, the Japanese also have a succor for this beverage?) to appreciate this little-known but seriously-considered effort. I was engrossed from the start. But you kind-of have to 'hang in there' for the Cracker Jack surprises.

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