The Ipcress File (1965)
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Reluctant British spy Harry Palmer has to deal with bureaucracy, brainwashing and lots of really cool camera angles while on a mission to rescue kidnapped scientist Dr. Radcliffe.
Jan 1, 1965 Limited
Oct 12, 1999
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Ipcress proves again that one of the primal pleasures of moviegoing is a tingling, no-nonsense suspense yarn enlivened by honest good humor.
Caine skillfully resists any temptation he may have had to pep up the proceedings. In fact, his consistent underplaying adds considerably to the pull of the picture.
Deighton's plot is a mild headache of deceit and double-dealing that glides stylishly and with much wit around Caine's Sergeant Palmer, a cocky London bachelor and middle-ranking scion of the MoD's counter-espionage department.
Check out the scene where Caine and Green discuss the merits of button mushrooms and you'll appreciate that, as the actors have an excellent grasp of character, so the screenwriters have a superb eye for detail.
Embora inferior a Funeral em Berlim, que contaria com um roteiro melhor, o primeiro filme da série ainda funciona graças à direção de Furie, à atuação irônica de Caine e à forma curiosamente monótona com que o cotidiano da espionagem é retratado.
Caine's the coolest anti-007 ever ...
Caine, Zulu under his belt and Alfie ahead, is the cheeky working class but aspirational bright spark hero par excellence, captured at the exact moment he became a star.
The coolest secret agent of them all
Caine's star-quality and absolute ease in front of the camera are fully formed.
A vintage performance from Caine as anti-Bond Harry Palmer keeps this from becoming a period relic.
Offers a far more authentic view of the morally ambivalent world of espionage than most spy thrillers.
Flashy direction, convoluted plot, great performances from Caine, Green, and Dole.
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