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The Red Machine (2009)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 2010 (USA)
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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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Did You Know?


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 »


Stella Snyder: What's the job?
Eddie Doyle: B&E.
Stella Snyder: Where?
Eddie Doyle: Place called St. Alban's on Q Street.
Stella Snyder: Oh, Eddie.
Eddie Doyle: What?
Stella Snyder: You couldn't have picked a worse joint if you tried.
Eddie Doyle: I didn't exactly choose it, you know.
Stella Snyder: Well, if you had chosen it, you couldn't have picked a worse joint.
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Crazy Credits

The letters circled in the closing credits spell "ASINTOERR", which was on a poster in the Codebreaking Room at Naval Intelligence building. See more »


jupanese juju
Written by yokoyama, candler and fairey
Performed by the hungry march band
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1935 Espionage Caper Buddy Movie
22 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

Highly recommended. A 1935 espionage 'caper'. Elements of humour but not enough, thank goodness, to distract from the essential drama. The Japanese suddenly start using new cryptography leaving the US Navy code-breakers with their pants down. A stoical lieutenant (why the hell he is still a lieutenant will keep you guessing) is brought out of his backwater job to recruit a local safe-cracking crook. They form a begrudging partnership based on mutual respect and it goes from there with some indistinct flashbacks to fill in the gaps without spelling it all out for you. Hard to believe it was made on a small budget. The period costumes and 'feel' are excellent. Look out for it. Brilliant.

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