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The Ipcress File

The Ipcress File

Sidney J Furie (1965)

102min
PG Certificate
Tomorrow 9pm - 10:45pm BBC Four
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Review

Our Score
Len Deighton's first spy novel had everything except a name for its off-the-peg hero, so producer Harry Saltzman decided on Harry Palmer and cast the virtually unknown Michael Caine in this adaptation. Designed as a counterpoint to the Bond movies, which Saltzman also co-produced, the story uncovers KGB operatives in the British Secret Service and allows our spy to talk Bermondsey, wear glasses and cook his own meals - things that Bond would never do. Instead of the Orient Express, it's the Central Line. It's cunning, calculated and still works, thanks to some droll humour, John Barry's marvellously twangy score, Sidney J Furie's energetic direction and spot-on performances by Guy Doleman and Nigel Green as bowler-hatted spooks.

Summary

An intelligence agent investigating the kidnap and brainwashing of Britain's most renowned scientists unpicks a complex chain of connections and high-level intrigue, while detecting evidence of double-dealing and counter-espionage. Spy thriller based on Len Deighton's novel, starring Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson and Nigel Green.

Cast & Crew

Harry Palmer Michael Caine
Dalby Nigel Green
Colonel Ross Guy Doleman
Jean Courtney Sue Lloyd
Jock Carswell Gordon Jackson
Radcliffe Aubrey Richards
Bluejay / Grantby Frank Gatliff
Barney Thomas Baptiste
Housemartin Oliver MacGreevy
Alice Freda Bamford
Edwards Anthony Blackshaw
Gray Barry J Raymond
Chilcott-Oakes David Glover
Inspector Keightley Stanley Meadows
Sir Robert Peter Ashmore
Raid inspector Michael Murray
Director Sidney J Furie
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: NFT Guidance: Contains some swearing. Available on: Available on video, DVD and BluRay Released on: 13 Jan 2006

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