Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

Billion Dollar Brain


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Harry Palmer (Michael Caine), the reluctant secret agent from The Ipcress File (1965) and Funeral in Berlin (1966) -- both (like the source for this movie) based on novels by Len Deighton -- is back again in Ken Russell's Billion Dollar Brain. Having left Britain's espionage service, Palmer is scraping out a living as a private investigator, but he's still willing to give his old boss Colonel Ross (Guy Doleman) the bum's rush out of his office when he comes calling, offering a raise and … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Len Deighton, John P. McGrath
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On DVD: Oct 7, 2014


as Harry Palmer

as Leo Newbigin

as Col. Stok

as Gen. Midwinter

as Col. Ross

as Birkinshaw

as Schoolgirl on train

as Dr. Eyewort
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Critic Reviews for Billion Dollar Brain

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | January 14, 2006
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 14, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A clever, brisk, entertaining spy picture that has a lot more Ken Russell in it than you might suspect.

Full Review… | July 1, 2014
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

No mais fraco exemplar da série, Harry Palmer perde a personalidade irreverente, enfrenta uma ameaça absurda encabeçada por uma caricatura em um filme aborrecido e sem pé nem cabeça.

January 11, 2010
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Billion Dollar Brain

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 nixon

Super Reviewer

A substandard Bond clone tackily directed by amateurish hack Ken Russell. The plot is meandering and its overlong, but on the plus side it features Caine at his youthful peak and some handsome snow covered Finnish locations.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


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 Shrewlord

Super Reviewer

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