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Secret agent 326 (Willy Fritsch) tries to catch the master (Rudolf Klein-Rogge) of an international spy ring.

Cast & Crew

Gerda Maurus
Sonya Baranilkowa
Lupu Pick
Dr. Masimoto
Fritz Rasp
Col. Jellusic
Georg John
Train Conductor (uncredited)
Louis Ralph
Hans Morrier - Hans Morriera
Paul Hoerbiger
Franz - Chauffeur
Hertha Von Walther
Lady Leslane
Thea von Harbou
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Fritz Arno Wagner
Cinematographer
Otto Hunte
Art Direction
Karl Vollbrecht
Art Direction
Werner R. Heymann
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Critic Reviews for Spies

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (1)

  • Spies is one of Lang's best films. That means one of the best films ever made.

    December 12, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • Erotic, mysterious, abstract, full of uncanny images and ideas, and rich with multiple identities and intrigue, this is essential viewing for anyone interested in the great director's work.

    October 15, 2014 | Full Review…
  • The tone is somewhere between true pulp fiction and pure expressionism, and the result remains wholly thrilling.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Throughout the bewildering mass of scenes in the German production, Spies, there is always something to intrigue the eye despite the fact that it is impossible to make head or tail of the story.

    March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This is the Fritz Lang method: pose a question, then answer it, though never in any sort of predictable rhythm.

    January 28, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • A very good mystery thriller if the audience can endure the first two parts which are puzzling and almost meaningless because of the quick changes of situations... But as it begins to knit, it holds the interest.

    February 25, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Spies

  • Jun 22, 2016
    It's unnecessarily epic, but it's also at least 40 years ahead of it's time.
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2011
    This is a good spy movie, but I just wish it were shorter. The movie is cool visually, and the actors are good. The story is a lot like other movies I've seen, but it's pretty good anyway. Overall, a good movie from a good director.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Oct 16, 2009
    "Spies" is not a visionary masterpiece like Fritz Lang's better known "Metropolis." But like "M," "Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler" and even "Woman in the Moon," it's an impressive genre picture that seems years ahead of its time. The plot is squarely on James Bond turf. There's an archvillain in a wheelchair, sitting behind a desk covered with high-tech switches and lights. There are fingernail-sized cameras, cyanide capsules, opium dens, secret identities, notes written in disappearing ink and rooms with sliding security doors. There's a "MacGuffin" -- a secret Japanese/Europe peace treaty -- that multiple parties are maneuvering to protect or steal. (What would a criminal even gain from having it?) There's a handsome Agent #326 with a rakish, maverick personality (well, at least he until makes the mistake of falling in drippy love, something Bond would never do). And of course, there is plenty of expertly directed action and suspense -- particularly a late sequence involving a sabotaged train. "Spies" also may contain more suicides than any film outside of "Guyana: Cult of the Damned." A perverse quirk. From a dazzling introduction recapping the treaty's violent theft and the resulting chaos, we know we're in the hands of a master filmmaker. Lang's rapid cutting suggests that he could have easily helmed a contemporary blockbuster, and the sets are intriguingly stylized like in so many other German silents. Inventive camera angles are everywhere -- even shots of a boxing ring and people-clogged staircases become something fresh. Where the film shows its age in the love story. The underworld mastermind Haghi (Rudolf Klein-Rogge, who also played Dr. Mabuse) hires a beautiful Russian agent (Gerda Maurus) to extract information out of #326 (Willy Fritsch), but the two quickly swoon for each other in the most hokey, overacted fashion. Whenever the story switches focus to their forbidden romance, the film lags. Another outdated move is casting an European actor to play Dr. Matsumoto, an important Japanese character. But these are small quibbles. This is a 144-minute silent film which never seems overlong (a good trick), and the action builds to a brilliantly absurd ending that Quentin Tarantino couldn't have written any better.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2008
    it's spy vs. spy until they fall in love and team up to foil an evil banker's plans for world domination. impossible not to compare it with dr mabuse from 1922; for one thing the same actor plays the villain here. at 2 1/2 hrs, it's not as long but also i fear not quite as much fun. the ending is great tho
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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