Operation Amsterdam

Operation Amsterdam

Michael McCarthy (1958)

100min
PG Certificate
Sun 14 Jun 11am - 1pm London Live
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B&W
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Review

Our Score
This might seem like double Dutch these days, but director Michael McCarthy's final film (he died the following year) was convincing enough on its release - a British pseudo-documentary, set in 1940, about a bunch of spies sent into Holland to recover a hoard of industrial diamonds before the Nazis get to them. Diamond expert Alexander Knox looks grave and concerned, while Peter Finch is dashing and daring. There's also a note of interest in seeing Eva Bartok, who more often starred in gossip columns than movies - her acting here shows why she was so frequently only deemed worthy of filling newspaper diary space.

Summary

A stiff-upper-lipped British Army officer engages in a spot of larceny to aid the war effort. Ordered to Amsterdam, he joins forces with two cunning Dutchmen and steals a secret cache of diamonds from a bank vault, thus preventing the gems falling into Nazi hands. Second World War adventure, starring Peter Finch, Tony Britton and Eva Bartok.

Cast & Crew

Jan Smit Peter Finch
Maj Dillon Tony Britton
Anna Eva Bartok
Walter Keyser Alexander Knox
Johann Smit Malcolm Keen
Alex Christopher Rhodes
Lieutenant Tim Turner
Dealer Alfred Burke
Director Michael McCarthy
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD
Drama