The Quiller Memorandum (1966)
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This spy saga differs from the usual Bond-styled fare that was popular at the time. There are plenty of gadgets but the hero Quiller (George Segal) never once uses a gun. Quiller is called on by his superior Pol (Alec Guinness) to infiltrate a Neo-Nazi gang in Berlin after two British agents have been killed on the same mission. After a teacher at a school has hanged himself when he is accused of being a war criminal, Quiller meets the late teachers replacement, the lovely Inge (Senta Berger).
Dec 1, 1966 Wide
Nov 7, 2006
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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It relies on a straight narrative storyline, simple but holding, literate dialog and well-drawn characters.
Although the whole thing is ill-served by Michael Anderson's direction, it remains perversely likeable precisely because it is rather long-winded and enigmatic.
Pinter's spare screenplay gives George Segal some funny lines, but the fact that Segal doesn't engage in the usual Bondsmanship is welcome relief for audiences bored with one fantastic exploit after another and yearning for a more human look at spying.
Daft, dated and outright confusing most of the time, but it undeniably fun.
A great cast put to poor use in an espionage film so determined to avoid spy movie cliches that it fails to remember what makes them enjoyable in the first place.
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