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The Jigsaw Man (1984)

The Jigsaw Man (1984)

The Jigsaw Man




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This spy film purports to be inspired by the true story of Kim Philby (1912-1988), a British intelligence officer and Soviet spy during the 1940s and '50s who gained international notoriety when he blew his cover and defected to the USSR in 1963. But this fictional, unsophisticated, if not naive docudrama portrays a world of espionage in a cross between Nancy Drew and Sam Spade, and Philby's real story is buried in the process. The film opens with British double agent Philip Kimberly (Michael Caine) undergoing complete plastic surgery by order of his Soviet bosses, while his death is announced in the world press. With a different name and face, Kimberly -- now Kuzminsky -- is sent back to England in the guise of a Soviet citizen to retrieve a secret list of names he supposedly hid several years ago. Kusminsky/Kimberly defects at the British passport control, and later escapes his British guards -- leading to a manhunt by both British and Soviet agents. His chief nemesis is Admiral Scaith (Laurence Olivier) and the man he assigns to the case, Jaime Fraser (Robert Powell) -- who just happens to be living with Kimberly's daughter.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Eisinger
United Film Distribution


Michael Caine
as Philip Kimberly/Serg...
Laurence Olivier
as Adm. Sir Gerald Scai...
Susan George
as Penelope Kimberley
Robert Powell
as Jamie Fraser
Charles Gray
as Sir James Charley
Anthony Shaw
as Matthews
Juliet Nissen
as Miss Fortescue
David Kelly
as Cameron
Peter Burton
as Douglas
Yuri Borienko
as Russian Trainer
David Allister
as Sgt. Lloyd
Richard Borthwick
as Plainclothesman
Thomas Heathcote
as Gamekeeper
Ian Masters
as Special Branch Man
Morteza Kazerouni
as Boris Medvachian
Jana Sheldon
as Air Hostess
Bill Shine
as Commissionaire
Sabine Sun
as Dr. Zilenka
Vladek Sheybal
as Gen. Zorin
Richard Aylen
as Older Kimberley
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Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
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This spy film had no reason to take itself so seriously, the story was just so many green bananas.

Full Review… | August 21, 2002
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