Billion Dollar Brain 1967

Billion Dollar Brain

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Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) is a former British secret agent who has taken up work as a private detective. An anonymous party hires him to deliver a seemingly normal package to Helsinki. However, he learns that he has been deceived into working for the Secret Service again, and is actually returning stolen virus-infected eggs to a government lab. Palmer is then persuaded to thwart a manic Texas oil baron (Ed Begley) who is planning to attack the Soviet Union with a supercomputer.

Cast & Crew

Michael Caine
Harry Palmer
Karl Malden
Leo Newbigen
Ed Begley
Gen. Midwinter
John McGrath
Screenwriter
Andre de Toth
Executive Producer
Richard Rodney Bennett
Original Music
Billy Williams
Cinematographer
Alan Osbiston
Film Editor
Weston Drury Jr.
Casting
Syd Cain
Production Design
Bert Davey
Art Director
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Critic Reviews for Billion Dollar Brain

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Audience Reviews for Billion Dollar Brain

  • Jan 09, 2013
    Enjoyable if dated, they are still using punch cards to program their computers!, espionage thriller with a solid cast. Caine is cool as ice as the reluctant protagonist casting a jaundiced eye on all the shenanigans going on around him. Francoise Dorleac is a lovely mystery woman although her character seems to vanish at several key points in the film when it feels like she would be there. This might be because she was killed in a traffic accident while the picture was still filming necessitating a rethinking to still make her completed work usable. She's quite magnetic, her resemblance to her sister Catherine Deneuve is striking, and her death cut short a career that was already very successful in France and was starting to expand worldwide. Ed Begley also stands out, having a great time as a crazy old coot. Subtle he ain't but memorable for sure.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2011
    The most ambitious and fanciful of the original trio of Harry Palmer films, this might easily be confused with a James Bond movie. Caine is as good as ever but the down-to-earth Palmer seems to have ascended to a level that his prevoius incarnations would have been uncomfortable with. Cast and locations are excellent.
    The S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 16, 2008
    Russell attempts to lampoon the spy genre by turning a Harry Palmer (the anti James Bond) film into a James Bond movie. It has all the subversiveness of a Ken Russell film so his fans will probably enjoy the outing, but fans of the first two films (such as myself) will be somewhat disappointed. Michael Caine's characterization of Harry is spot on as always.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 09, 2008
    third Harry Plamer installment...updated to include an all-knowing computer that plots strategy t obring down communism...yes..far out..but alot of fun...Midwinter the character is a hoot..a wacko from texas..Caine maintains his usual self...this movie is a fairly sharp departure from the first 2 films..but with the 70s knocking on the door, it was time to modernize the franchise so to speak...enjoyable..
    alan j Super Reviewer

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