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A Dandy in Aspic (1968)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 2 April 1968 (USA)
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During the Cold War, the British and Soviet Intelligence services attempt to out-fox one another using the homesick double-Agent Krasnevin a.k.a. Alexander Eberlin (Laurence Harvey) as a pawn in the complex spy-game.

Directors:

Anthony Mann, Laurence Harvey (uncredited)

Writers:

Derek Marlowe (screenplay), Derek Marlowe (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Krasnevin aka Alexander Eberlin
Tom Courtenay ... Gatiss
Mia Farrow ... Caroline
Harry Andrews ... Fraser
Peter Cook ... Prentiss
Lionel Stander ... Sobakevich
Per Oscarsson ... Pavel
Barbara Murray ... Miss Vogler
John Bird John Bird ... Henderson
Norman Bird ... Copperfield
Geoffrey Bayldon ... Lake
Calvin Lockhart ... Brogue
James Cossins ... Heston-Stevas
Michael Trubshawe ... Flowers
Lockwood West Lockwood West ... Quince
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Storyline

Double-Agent Alexander Eberlin (Laurence Harvey) is assigned by the British to hunt out a Russian spy, known to them as Krasnevin. Only Eberlin knows that Krasnevin is none other than himself. Accompanying him on his mission is a ruthless partner, who gradually discovers his secret as Eberlin tries to maneuver himself out of a desperate situation. Written by alfiehitchie

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He is the Dandy! His mission is...murder! His victim is...himself! See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Spionen som ingen ville ha See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Debut theatrical movie of Mia Farrow (Caroline). See more »

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Caroline: Remember me... the loo ?
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If You Want Love
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Dull, Pointless, Super-Slow Spy Yarn
10 July 2009 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

I found the dull, pointless A Dandy in Aspic a most disappointing movie when I saw it back in 1968. Alas, it proves equally time-wasting in its excellent Sony DVD version. Despite the credits, the film was not directed by Anthony Mann but by the far less talented Laurence Harvey (who gives a slack performance to boot). Mann died of heart attack in Berlin on 29 April 1967 after directing only a few location shots. Harvey gallantly picked up the reins, finished the German scenes and then did all the British location and studio shots, accounting for at least 99% of the film, which premiered in April, 1968, almost a year after Mann's death. True, Harvey was saddled with an impossible script. I assume the way that the totally extraneous Mia Farrow character keeps popping up in all sorts of really way-out places was supposed to be funny, and the totally far-fetched plot was perhaps intended as cynical satire; but Harvey plays all these ridiculous scenes (both as actor and director) dead serious with a banal over-use of close-ups and super-slow dialogue. Of the main stars, only Tom Courtenay manages to convey a hint of true characterization, although it's left solely to Lionel Stander, in a small, fleeting role, to convey just the right atmosphere of jocose, ruthless menace.


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