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The Jigsaw Man (1983)

PG | | Thriller | 11 November 1983 (UK)
An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the K.G.B. and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Dorothea Bennett (novel), Jo Eisinger (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Philip Kimberley / Sergei Kuzminsky
Laurence Olivier ... Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
Susan George ... Penelope Kimberley / Annabelle Kimberley
Robert Powell ... Jamie Fraser
Charles Gray ... Sir James Chorley
Morteza Kazerouni Morteza Kazerouni ... Boris Medvachian
Michael Medwin ... Milroy
Eric Sevareid ... Himself
Sabine Sun ... Dr. Zilenka
David Kelly ... Cameron
Patrick Dawson Patrick Dawson ... Ginger
Vladek Sheybal ... Gen. Zorin
Peter Burton ... Douglas Ransom
Maggie Rennie Maggie Rennie ... Mrs. Ransom
Richard Aylen Richard Aylen ... Older Kimberley
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Storyline

Philip Kimberly's a former head of British secret service, who had defected to the Soviet Union. One day, he receives instructions; he's to go back serruptisiously to the west, with the goal of retrieving some important documents. After having plastic surgery to alter his appearance, he is put back on the western side. When he accomplishes his goal, he thinks his handlers won't need him anymore, so, with the documents in his possession, rather than returning to the East, and possible assassination, he,instead plays one side off against the other; KGB against Mi6 Written by Alexander Lum

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Taglines:

The Game of Spying, Double Cross, Defection, Betrayal & Death.

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Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

11 November 1983 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Spiel des Überläufers See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Evangrove, Nitemeg See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Another version of the Burgess, Philby, and McLean story was planned between 1977-1978 with Sir Alan Bates, Robert Shaw, and Vanessa Redgrave starring. Shaw's death, and financing issues, killed the project. See more »

Goofs

When Kimberly is listening to the news broadcast of his "death", the newscaster refers to the Manhattan Project spy Ethel Rosenberg as Esther Rosenberg. See more »

Quotes

Penelope Kimberley: Don't be stupid, Philip. She could be dead by tonight.
Philip Kimberley: She's no good to them dead, is she? She's got a tongue in her head, she can explain.
Penelope Kimberley: In Russian? In Moscow?
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jude Law/Ashlee Simpson (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Only You And I
Music by Georges Garvarentz
Lyrics by Labi Siffre, Scott English
Sung by Dionne Warwick
Produced by Bob Gaudio
Rhythm arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock and Bob Gaudio
String & horn arrangement by Jeremy Lubbock
Recorded by Paul Lani and Rick Ruggieri
Mixed by Ron Hitchcock
Producers assistant: Marla Miller
Recorded at Sound Lab Studios, Los Angeles, California
Song & theme published by P.G.G.
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Boring routine movie
27 February 2007 | by noodles-13See all my reviews

Michael Caine and Sir Laurence Olivier are involved in this routine movie (probably rent was due and the fellows were late on payment) which is completely useless. A former British spy who betrayed his own country is sent back from Russia on a mission. But suddenly (well, not so suddenly) the story twists to an unexpected (well, not so unexpected) ending. No actor seems to be interested in what is happening and the Italian dub (above all Olivier) is rather poor. The plot makes little sense and . If you look for a spy movie with Michael Caine, watch "The Ipcress File" or "The fourth protocol",instead. They would be a very much better choice.


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