During the Cold War, the British Intelligence receives a blurred photograph from East Germany taken from Hamburg and Director LeClerc (Sir Ralph Richardson) believes they are missiles. Their agent, Taylor King (Timothy West), who receives a film which might clarify the detail from a pilot in Finland, is found dead on the road, and the Police believe he was accidentally killed in a hit-and-run. LeClerc meets the Polish defector Fred Leiser (Christopher Jones), who jumped overboard from a ship expecting to have asylum and stay with his British girlfriend, who is pregnant, and decides to recruit him to cross the border and spy on the East German facility to check on the missiles. In return, he would have salary, insurance, and political asylum. Leiser is trained by the Agent and family man John Avery (Sir Anthony Hopkins), and soon he finds his girlfriend has had ended the pregnancy. When Leiser crosses the border, he meets up with Anna (Pia Degermark), a local, and they stay together in...
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
"Why do we listen to them? Why do we fight their wars for them?"
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8 February 1970 (UK)
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Also Known As:
A Guerra no Espelho
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Gross USA: $168,000
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Did You Know?
In the novel, Leiser, the hero, is a man well into middle-age, and the point is made that all of the central characters (except for John Avery) are getting too old for their dangerous jobs. Originally, it was intended that Peter Finch
should play Leiser, co-starring with James Mason
(who had starred The Deadly Affair
(1967) adapted from John le Carré
's "Call for the Dead" novel), and under the direction of Jack Clayton
, who had worked with both actors on The Pumpkin Eater
(1964). Clayton's involvement was in the mid 1960s, and after he abandoned the project, saying it had been impossible to get a workable script, it lay dormant for a couple of years, during which time, Finch and Mason also dropped out. The solution which new Director Frank Pierson
came up with was to make Leiser a much younger man, too young, rather than too old. However, his movie was not a success. See more
After Lieser slaps his girlfriend, he walks out of the room leaving the door open and the girl just stays still on the bed. When Avery goes to check if the girl is alright, the door is closed (so he knocks to get in) and the girl was in the same position she was before. See more
You are spies? That's wonderful. I've never been a spy before. It will be a new experience for me.
Referenced in The Ring