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The Salzburg Connection (1972)

A list of agents and collaborators, hidden by the Nazis in an Austrian lake in 1945, is sought after by various interested parties during the Cold War.

Director:

Lee H. Katzin

Writers:

Oscar Millard (screenplay), Helen MacInnes (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Newman ... Bill Mathison
Anna Karina ... Anna Bryant
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Johann Kronsteiner (as Klaus-Maria Brandauer)
Karen Jensen ... Elissa Lang
Joe Maross ... Chuck
Wolfgang Preiss ... Felix Zauner
Helmut Schmid ... Grell
Udo Kier ... Anton
Mischa Hausserman Mischa Hausserman ... Lev Benedescu (as Michael Haussermann)
Whit Bissell ... Jim Newhart
Raoul Retzer Raoul Retzer ... Large Man
Elisabeth Felchner Elisabeth Felchner ... Trudi Seidl
Bert Fortell Bert Fortell ... Rugged Man
Adolf Beinl Adolf Beinl ... Anton's Companion (as Alf Beinell)
Patrick Jordan Patrick Jordan ... Richard Bryant
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Storyline

An American lawyer on vacation in Europe is asked by a book publisher to stop by the Austrian town of Salzburg to see a photographer who's taking pictures for a book on picturesque Austrian lakes. Upon his arrival he senses that something is wrong when the photographer seems to have vanished, leaving a near panic-stricken wife and a sinister, secretive brother. Before he knows it, the lawyer finds himself mixed up with spies, assassins, and the hunt for a list made up by the Nazis during World War II of people who collaborated with them. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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The best-selling novel becomes a spectacular spy-thriller! See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1972 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Top Secret See more »

Filming Locations:

Salzburg, Salzburg, Austria

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,950,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fourth screen adaptation of a novel by 'Helen Macinnes'. The others were The Venetian Affair (1966), Above Suspicion (1943) and Assignment in Brittany (1943). See more »

Quotes

Bill Mathison: And that's what's put a bug up the international spy network's ass - a box of soggy records, twenty five or thirty years out of date? You've got to be kidding!
Chuck: Four dead bodies is not kidding, old buddy.
Bill Mathison: Hey. look, I can see a few warmed-over Nazis getting steamed up, I can see the Israelis sending out their war criminals but what the hell is our government interested in this for?
Chuck: Put your legal mind into gear, Bill. Forget the Nazi revivals, forget war criminals; think how many former German ...
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kind of a yawn
3 August 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Had it not been for some strong language, I would have tapped "The Salzburg Connection" as a TV movie, but apparently, it had a theatrical release. Based on the book by Helen MacInnes, the film stars Barry Newman, Anna Karina, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Karen Jensen, and Whit Bissell.

Newman plays attorney Bill Mathison, who goes to Salzburg to investigate a publishing contract for Richard Brandt, a man photographing Austrian lakes. When he arrives at the man's photo shop, he meets the Brandt's wife (Karina) and her brother Johann (Brandauer).

Shortly thereafter, he learns Brandt is dead as is one of Mathison's European contacts. Apparently agents are searching for a chest buried by the Nazis and believed to be in Brandt's possession. It contains the names of Nazi collaborators who can be called upon for neo-Nazi activities. All the countries want it for one reason or another -- the Americans want to know if any of these people have important jobs in the U.S.

I remember reading this book and liking it, but I am unclear if I saw this film. The Austrian scenery is glorious, but since this is a Twentieth Century Fox film, I can't believe they filmed in Salzburg without any visual references to Salzburg's major tourist attraction - The Sound of Music tour. Not to mention The Sound of Music postcards and other paraphernalia.

The film version is slow and boring, and I couldn't get attached to the characters or their plight.

Barry Newman made his name at just the right time, when the antihero types like Pacino were coming to fame, but his career never took off. He always had an air of overconfident playboy about him, but he was certainly popular, and he is still working. He's okay in this. Everyone is okay.

I'd say the scenery is the star.


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