A safecracker turns double agent during WWII.
A safecracker turns double agent during WWII.
Christopher Plummer Romy Schneider Trevor Howard Gert Fröbe Claudine Auger Yul Brynner Harry Meyen Georges Lycan Jess Hahn John Abbey Gil Barber Jean-Claude Bercq Paul Bonifas Jean-Roger Caussimon Annette Claudier Jean Claudio Pierre Collet Anthony Dawson Georges Douking Colin Drake Robert Favart Fred Fisher Bernard Fresson Gisèle Grimm Harvey Hall Clément Harari Jacques Harden David Hutcheson Marcel Journet Show All…
Spion zwischen 2 Fronten, Im Dienste der deutschen Armee
This pseudo-Bond film is so exactly my specific type of 60s nonsense 💔 RIP, C. Plummer
Christopher Plummer plays safe cracker turned double agent Eddie Chapman. He's a suave, cocky, ladies man who always looks out for number one. His weakness, of course is his womanizing. He even picks up a gal in a goddamn prison camp, risking his life and hers! He's a sick man.
Despite Chapman being an obvious 007 surrogate this is a fairly straight forward espionage film with none of the style of a Bond film. Quite stuffy honestly. Still not a bad sunday afternoon watch if this is your sort of thing. There are a couple explosions.
There’s a scene in this, soon after Plummer starts his career as triple agent where Trevor Howard starts doodling in a meeting after some official starts droning on in one of the strangest, most undynamic performances I have ever seen in a reasonably big budget film. And I became entranced by Howard and his terrible fake beard, and the look of listless boredom on his face, wondering what was going through his mind other than remembering his lines and getting through the bloody scene. And it’s symptomatic of the film, a weirdly wonky affair with big! thrilling! set pieces! that fizz next to long, boring, drawn out scenes of Yul Brynner and some dodgy Nazis shouting at Gert Frobe. Plummer tried but only has so much charm and it peters out quite quickly, leaving a directionless film to limp past the finishing line
sooooo disappointingly mediocre. not nearly good enough in plot or execution to be a genuinely good serious spy movie but played far too straight (in both senses of the word) to be entertaining in any other capacity.... worthwhile only for christopher plummer being whoreish. romy schneider and trevor howard are great but they don't really get to do anything. eh
Terence Young essentially tries to remake one of his Bond films, but set in WWII and minus Bond. Christopher Plummer is charming throughout despite several confusing plot points that could've been fixed with better editing and perhaps a shorter runtime. Also hilarious when 60's aesthetics creep in, shattering the illusion of Europe in the 40's. We get to see Gert Frobe act silly here, which is also something I never thought I'd see in my life.
Slick turn for Christopher Plummer who gets to play a James Bond-type double agent, working for the Germans, specifically Gert Frobe and Yul Brynner. Compromises the fun for "realism" and compromises the fascinating real-life story of the man called "Agent Zigzag" for the sexier bits of Hollywood-style espionage. The middle ground is fine - capable and highly competent cinema - but never especially memorable. Also could have shaved about 15-20 minutes off the runtime.
The toilet bomb was among one of the Nazi spy's most coveted weapons.
Hearing about the passing of Christopher Plummer yesterday hit me harder than I thought it would. He was never among my "oh my God I need to watch every single movie with this actor" obsessions, but I always know I'm in for at least one immaculate performance when I see his name in the opening credits.
Film Twitter alerted me to this one, that it was worth watching just to see this mid-sixties attempt to launch Plummer as a suave, sexy Bond-alike. And absolutely, he is a joy as the unperturbable jewel thief/disheveled prisoner/double agent/pretending to be a nazi cad who bangs all the women and shows zero respect for authority no matter which side it comes from.
Everything else though? Bored me to tears. The only non-Plummer thing that made me smile was the bangin' sixties belt-out song over the end credits about how cool and sexy our main character was.
I swear C. Plummer slept with more women in this film than James Bond, but I really do like glamorized real-life spy stories, Romy Schneider, charming jewel thieves, and Yul Brynner in a monocle. It’s simultaneously a stodgy and fun production as only British 60s films can be.
Es una especie de James Bond descafeinado aburrida de narices. Me he perdido desde el principio y la verdad es que me ha dado igual.
A bank robber (Christopher Plummer) becomes a double-crossing double agent working for both sides in WW2. Completely unbelievable, although it was based on a true story.
British safebreaker becomes an intelligence agent for both Germany and the UK during WWII. Lavishly produced but ultimately boring adventure that Young directed right after his third and last James Bond film - and it shows, up to a long and slightly awkward "Q presenting gadget" sequence. Spectacular cast can't do much with lukewarm script where dialogue isn't always as witty, nor plot is as tight, as they should. Loosely based on Frank Owen's book about real-life spy Eddie Chapman.