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The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 15 December 1966 (USA)
In the West Berlin of the 1960s, two British agents are killed by a Nazi group, prompting British Intelligence to dispatch agent Quiller to investigate.

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writers:

Trevor Dudley Smith (based on the novel by) (as Adam Hall), Harold Pinter (screenplay)
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Nominated for 3 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
George Segal ... Quiller
Alec Guinness ... Pol
Max von Sydow ... Oktober
Senta Berger ... Inge Lindt
George Sanders ... Gibbs
Robert Helpmann ... Weng
Robert Flemyng ... Rushington
Peter Carsten ... Hengel
Ernst Walder Ernst Walder ... Grauber
Edith Schneider Edith Schneider ... Headmistress
Philip Madoc ... Oktober's Man (Man with brown trousers)
Günter Meisner ... Hassler (as Gunter Meisner)
John Rees John Rees ... Oktober's Man (Man with black-rimmed glasses)
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Storyline

Two British agents are murdered by a mysterious Neo-Nazi organization in West Berlin. The British Secret Service sends agent Quiller to investigate. Soon Quiller is confronted with Neo-Nazi chief "Oktober" and involved in a dangerous game where each side tries to find out the enemy's headquarters at any price. Written by Dirk Bauer <dbauer@gris.uni-tuebingen.de>

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Taglines:

QUILLER...he's not just another spy - If he shatters your nerves, remember- he's living on his! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

15 December 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quiller Memorandum See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The score was composed by John Barry, who became notable for the early James Bond spy movie soundtracks. Barry composed the score for this movie between Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967). See more »

Goofs

During the car chase scene, the cars behind Segal's Porsche appear and disappear, and are sometimes alongside his car, on the drivers (left) side.. See more »

Quotes

Quiller: Met a man called Oktober.
Pol: Oh yes?
Quiller: Know him?
Pol: We've never actually met.
Quiller: At the end of our conversation, he ordered them to kill me.
Pol: And did they?
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Connections

Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Theme Song - "WEDNESDAY'S CHILD"
Music by John Barry
Lyric by Mack David
Sung by Matt Monro
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Not terribly audience-friendly, but smart and very, very cool.
10 March 1999 | by ZerzuraSee all my reviews

This isn't your average James Bond knockoff spy thriller; the fact that the screenplay is by playwright Harold Pinter is the first clue. It's a bit strange to see such exquisitely Pinter-esque dialogue (the laconic, seemingly innocuous sentences; the profound silences; the syntax that isn't quite how real people actually talk) in a spy movie, but it really works.

Quiller isn't your average spy. He's played by George Segal with a cool superficiality that works very nicely; he doesn't go charging in with guns blazing -- he doesn't even carry a gun -- and the one time he does try to fight his way out of a sticky spot, he gets pounded. The other standouts in the cast are Alec Guinness as Quiller's controller, and Max von Sydow as the leader of the neo-Nazi cell that Quiller is attempting to crack.

At first glance, the movie is deeply frustrating, and the script appears full of holes, but in fact, it's so smart that it assumes the audience is bright enough to pick up on the breadcrumb trail of clues that it's actually leaving. All in all, I recommend it, but with reservations. If you like tidy conclusions and have limited patience with extreme subtlety, this may not be to your taste.


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