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The Double Man (1967)

Not Rated | | Mystery, Thriller | 1 May 1968 (USA)
In a complex piece of espionage the Russian secret service attempts to kidnap a high ranking officer in the CIA and replace him with a double of its own.

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Frank Tarloff (screenplay), Alfred Hayes (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Yul Brynner ... Dan Slater / Kalmar
Britt Ekland ... Gina Ericson
Clive Revill ... Frank Wheatly
Anton Diffring ... Col. Berthold
Moira Lister ... Charlotte Carrington
Lloyd Nolan ... Edwards
George Mikell George Mikell ... Max Gruner
Brandon Brady ... Gregori
Julia Arnall ... Anna Wheatly
David Bauer ... Andrew Miller
Ronald Radd ... Russian General
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... Police Chief
David Healy ... Halstead
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Police Surgeon
Douglas Muir ... Wilfred
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Storyline

Following notification of the death of his son, in a skiing accident in the Austrian Alps, the cold and emotion-less widower Dan Slater, a high ranking member of the CIA, travels to Austria for the funeral. Dan is mysteriously provided evidence of foul play in his son's death and he decides to investigate. His friend, a former undercover operative, Frank Wheatley, who operates the Internationl School where Dan left his son in care proves useless as Dan seeks out the murderers. Eventually, Dan finds a witness who was on the ski slope at the time of the accident, Gina, the companion of wealthy socialite Mrs. Carrington. Gina identifies two male strangers and Dan is led into a cleverly thought out trap laid by Berthold, a Russian agent. The Russians plan to kidnap Slater, do away with him and substitute him with an exact double in order to obtain a mole in the highest echelons of the CIA. Will Berthold succeed or will Frank and Gina realize something is amiss and rescue Slater? Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Taglines:

The key man to the most daring plot ever concocted by the secret agents of two worlds!

Genres:

Mystery | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1 May 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Legacy of a Spy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Albion Film Corp. (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Douglas Muir worked 5 days. See more »

Goofs

At 1:20:37 an escaping Slater, whose hands have been closely cuffed, is for the moment free of the handcuffs, which are back on a moment later. See more »

Quotes

Dan Slater: In our business, never believe a sob story... not even your own.
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26 September 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Yul Brynner stars in this espionage drama about a CIA man conducting his own private investigation into the death of his son in an Alpine skiing accident in Austria. What he doesn't know, but soon finds out is that the son's death was all part of a ruse by the Russian KGB to get him over to Europe where he is to be captured and put to death and replaced by a duplicate to infiltrate the CIA and crack American security. If successful this prototype will be used for other people in the USA and our allies in The Double Man.

Unwittingly part of the plan is an old friend of Brynner's, Clive Revill and his Austrian wife Britt Ekland. Revill runs an international school there and was once in the espionage business, but now out of it and glad to be. He's not sure he can hack it, but in the end has to make a Solomon like choice.

During the middle and late 60s spy movies were a glut on the market due to the success of James Bond. The Double Man isn't the best or the worst of them. Yul Brynner's fans will approve.


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