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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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QUILLER... Quiller is not just another spy and The Quiller Memorandum is not just another spy story. Quiller works in a deadly lonely way... always unorthodox... always effective. If Quiller shatters your nerves, remember... he's living on his. See more »


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (DeLuxe)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The telephone number Quiller tells Inga To remember is 219862. 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

Referenced in Quilas, the Bad of the Picture (1980) See more »

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Downtown
(uncredited)
Written by Tony Hatch
Played at the bowling alley
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They Don't Make 'Em Like This Anymore
28 November 2004 | by hokeybuttSee all my reviews

THE QUILLER MEMORANDUM (3 outta 5 stars)

The 1960s saw a plethora of two kinds of spy movies: the outrageous semi-serious James Bond ripoffs (like the Flint and Matt Helm movies) and the very dry, methodical ones that were more talk than action (mostly John Le Carre and Alistair MacLean adaptations). This is one of the better examples of the talky thrillers. Not that the movie is boring... there is lots of good, cat-and-mouse dialogue courtesy of playwright Harold Pinter. George Segal plays the hero, an undercover spy who goes to West Berlin to find out who killed his predecessor... who was on the trail of modern-day Nazis. Segal has surprisingly little difficulty in finding himself right in the thick of things... being captured and drugged by the baddies... and even having time for a romance with a German schoolteacher who may know more than she lets on. Parts of the movie reminded me a lot of the classic "The Third Man"... which I think the director was trying to emulate at times. Well, this is not quite a classic of that caliber but it is a very well-written and smoothly-paced "old school" thriller. Segal makes a very cool lead... witty and sarcastic, yet with a vulnerable side, too.


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