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Bullet to Beijing Reviews

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½ April 25, 2012
Michael Caine returns as Harry Palmer almost 30 years after he last played the role. This, and one last Palmer film, were shot back to back for television, and as a result, they seem a little on the cheap side. They are well shot for 90s TV, but the quality isn't going to be anywhere near that of the original three films. It can be okay to watch, but it is rather forgettable in the long run...and Caine was too old for the part at this point. Might be worth checking out if you really like the Palmer character, but it feels pretty weak. There are moments that feel a bit too goofy, and others that just don't work. The action is rather lame too...but again, take it all with a grain of salt...it did it's best for a made for TV sequel.
½ June 20, 2011
what a strange movie....sort of a cross between james bond and a brit carry-on film....lots of one liners.....interesting russian scenery....makes little sense...great climax shoot-out.....strange but fun
April 22, 2011
I wish there was just one Harry Palmer movie, as all of them seemed to go downhill after "The Ipcress File". In "Bullet To Beijing", Michael Caine returns to the character after, what, 15 years? and looks terribly scruffy (really, what's the deal on that haircut?) and looks to be acting for the paycheque (this IS 1980's Michael Caine after all). The story is not THAT bad, granted. There's lots of spying, double crossing and a bit of 80's eurotrash going on. Fun if you're not expecting too much, but difficult to watch on the Harry Palmer series of films.
September 20, 2010
The spy story is fine, but the acting is terrible throughout, including Michael Caine who looks unconvincing as the hero charged with saving the day. It's supposed to be a third sequel but doesn't really do justice to the Harry Palmer saga, and it uses a cheap looking grade of film. The best sequence comes mid-way through after they get thrown off the train and need to find a way back on - maybe a homage to Silver Streak.
July 13, 2010
Great Michael Caine -as always- and lots of great soviet cars!
½ May 20, 2010
I saw it on an Italian channel (La 7).It was a quite funny movie...I didn't know the actor who was playing Nikolai is Sean Connery's son...
May 12, 2009
The story begun alright, but then they hit St Petersburg and it went downhill with all the shooting. But the movie climbed to a decent level due to the story. Enough twists and interesting situations to keep one entertained.

This is what happens when James Bond is let alone to do his thing - the little spy, doing the legwork, it let go due to budget cuts. The last salute given by Palmer to his superior officer was spot on!

Finally a movie where the cars matches the country, even though they had to do it on location. There's too many movies around where they "go" to a country beyond the iron curtain and drive around in cars not found the area.

3 out of 5 stars.
July 29, 2008
This And The Next Film Are The Only Harry Palmer Films I've Not Seen
½ December 25, 2007
Really kinda, bad, but it's got violence, spies and all the stuff I like.
November 22, 2007
izvrstan spijunski film. Fan sam filmova Michaela Caina
½ October 31, 2007
Good eastern european (north asian?) spy flick. A few too many twists and too much Caine not being famous, but a good story and good action. Worth a watch if you enjoy spy thrillers.
Super Reviewer
June 21, 2007
Wow. That is some bullet to go all that way... o__O"
December 10, 2006
Pretty fricking bad to say the least. I highly recommend not watching it.
September 28, 2006
This looks really crap.
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