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Triple Cross (1966)

During WW2, convicted bank robber Eddie Chapman becomes a triple agent working for both the British and the Germans.


Terence Young


René Hardy (screenplay) (as Rene Hardy), Frank Owen (book) | 1 more credit »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... Eddie Chapman
Romy Schneider ... Helga Lindstrom aka The Countess
Trevor Howard ... Freddie Young aka Distinguished Civilian
Gert Fröbe ... Colonel Steinhager (as Gert Froebe)
Claudine Auger ... Paulette
Yul Brynner ... Baron Von Grunen
Harry Meyen ... Lieutenant Keller
Georges Lycan Georges Lycan ... Leo
Jess Hahn ... Commander Braid
John Abbey John Abbey ... Lang
Gil Barber Gil Barber ... Bergman
Jean-Claude Bercq Jean-Claude Bercq ... Major Von Leeb
Paul Bonifas Paul Bonifas ... Charlie
Jean-Roger Caussimon ... Luftwaffe General (as Jean Rene Caussimon)
Annette Claudier Annette Claudier ... Prison Clerk


Loosely based on a true story, Christopher Plummer plays British bank robber Eddie Chapman who finds himself caught between the warring parties in WW2, the British and the Germans. working as a spy for both sides he tries to play the 3rd reich and the British against each other. The real life Chapman described himself as a completely 'amoral' person, which adds a nice philisophical touch to this somewhat colourful spy-flic. Is there any moral in making war? Even if you're the 'good' fighting 'evil'? Written by Void-4 <stringybark@iname.com>

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ON THE SCREEN AT LAST - the fantastic true story of Eddie Chapman, ex-safecracker turned war hero. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for language, violence and sensuality | See all certifications »



France | UK | West Germany


English | French | German | Portuguese

Release Date:

9 December 1966 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Terence Young's Triple Cross See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cineurop See more »
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Technical Specs


| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Terrence Young also directed Bond films Thunderball with Claudine Auger (Paulette) and Dr. No with Anthony Dawson (Major Stillman). Another Bond tie-in is Gert Frobe (Colonel Steinhager) who previously starred as Goldfinger. See more »


Near the beginning of the film Chapman puts a 'modern' bag of golf clubs into the car with 'modern' head covers. See more »


Distinguished Civilian (Freddie Young): Grill him for another four hours. If he survives that I think it will be safe to let him catch the ship tomorrow night. Gentlemen, thank you for your help. You've taught me one thing: Never let the Poles take you prisoner!
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References Boys Town (1938) See more »


Triple Cross
Music by Georges Garvarentz, Lyrics by Buddy Kaye
Performed by Georges Garvarentz Et Son Orchestre
Sung by Tony Allen
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Amusing spy-story about a double agent during WWII and allegedly based on true events
8 May 2009 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This espionage-Flic based on fact concerns an astute safe-cracker named David Chapman (Christopher Plummer) who encounters himself working for both contenders in the 40s , as the German secret service commanded by a baron (Yul Brynner) and a colonel (Get Frobe) , and British military (led by Trevor Howard and Jess Hahn) . Meanwhile , he falls in love with a gorgeous resistance fighter (Claudine Auger) and a mysterious German countess (Romy Schneider) . Chapman attempts to cheat both sides and play each other . The he's sent a dangerous mission and parachuted in England with objective to reconnaissance and factory's sabotages . He's even decorated by General Von Runstedt (Marcel Journet).

Based on real events starred by a true bank robber named Eddie Chapman , this film packs action , suspense , warlike feats and being quite entertaining. First-rate main cast as Christopher Plummer as an amoral but sympathetic double agent adding a bemusing touch , Yul Brynner as a disillusioned German officer, Von Stauffemberg-alike , and a splendid Get Frobe as a cunning Colonel . Ample and stunning supporting cast with a magnificent Trevor Howard , and the beautiful Claudine Auger and Romy Schneider, among others . Here appears uncredited prestigious secondaries , such as Gordon Jackson , Howard Vernon , Bernard Fresson and Gordon Jackson . Colorful and evocative cinematography by Henry Alekan , Terence Young's usual cameraman (Mayerling , Poppies are also flowers) . Enjoyable musical score by George Garvarentz in a James Bond style . The motion picture was professionaly directed by Terence Young , but contains some flaws and gaps , though tension at times, as well . The film was realized in his best period when he made the classic Bonds films (Dr No, From Russia with love and Thunderball). In fact Young directed actors who played in James Bond movies as Claudine Auger-Thunderball and Anthony Dawson-Dr. No and also performed Gert Frobe who made Goldfinger and Terence wanted his Dr. No leading lady Ursula Andress to star opposite Christopher Plummer . Rating : 6/10 : Acceptable and passable.

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