An American scientist is sent by the CIA to East Germany to retrieve a secret microfilm from a Soviet scientist interested in defecting to the West but the Stasi secret police's surveillance complicates matters.
The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Montgomery Cliff (in his last role) plays James Bower, an American physicist visiting West Germany who's recruited by a shady CIA agent, named Adam, to help them with the defection of a Russian scientist. But an East German secret agent, named Peter Heinzeman, learns of Bower's meeting with Adam and threatens Bower to mind his own business, while Bower learns of a back story to all this involving stolen microfilm that each side wants.Written by
For some unknown reason, the last two sentences Roddy McDowall speaks in the movie, "Let's get you to America first; then We'll worry about that."; and "Goodbye" were dubbed over by Montgomery Clift. Every other line in the movie for Roddy's character prior to these two, were delivered by McDowall himself. The picture and audio seem to have no difficulties anywhere else in the film. Therefore the sudden change of voices, (especially when Montgomery Clift is also using his own voice to speak as his own character,) is very confusing. That sudden overdub of Roddy's voice happening at the very end can also be offputting, as McDowall's natural voice had a tenor pitched musical lilt to it; whereas Monty Clift's Voice was much deeper and had no musical singsong quality. The obvious difference in the two voices is jarring, especially for Roddy McDowall fans, as his voice is definitely one of many things about him that his fans adore most (it could simply be that Clift was available for this final scene's dubbing and McDowall was not: and since Clift has a much bigger role, he would be around much longer for post-production than McDowall, who only appears in the beginning and end). See more »
At the end of the film when Montgomery Clift shouts, "Don't move him!" his lips are clearly forming other words. See more »
This movie is one of those that you never heard of, but you should have. It pulls you in through excellent direction and authentic dialect and location shooting. This movie could very well be a documentary of a real cold war scenario. Those who are interested in espionage and intrigue should enjoy this movie. Get the popcorn ready and sit back for the duration.
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