Following The Ipcress File (1965) and Funeral in Berlin (1966), spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) turns to the private eye business but is forced back into Britain’s service to deliver an odd package to an old friend (Karl Malden). Harry soon infiltrates an organization controlled by a deranged American general (Ed Begley), who plans to use his computer network to start a war with Latvia and other countries of the Communist regime. It is up to Harry to thwart the general’s plans, with assistance from a past Russian nemesis (Oscar Homolka). From Len Deighton’s novel.
Director Ken Russell has worked with a diverse set of composers, including Pete Townshend and the Who (1975’s Tommy), Thomas Dolby (1986’s Gothic), John Corigliano (1980’s Altered States), Rick Wakeman (1984’s Crimes of Passion), Georges Delerue (1969’s Women in Love), Richard Rodney Bennett (1967’s The Billion Dollar Brain) and Peter Maxwell Davies (1971’s The Devils).
Michael Caine as Harry Palmer
Françoise Dorléac as Anya
Karl Malden as Leo Newbigen
Ed Begley as General Midwinter
Oskar Homolka as General Stok
Guy Doleman as Colonel Ross
Vladek Sheybal as Dr. Eiwort
Milo Sperber as Basil
Donald Sutherland as Scientist at computer
Susan George as russian girl on train
Jill Mai Meredith as russian girl on train
Director: Ken Russell
UK | 111 minutes | 1967