The Counterfeit Traitor (Espía por Mandato) (1962)





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In this taut WW II-era espionage thriller, a Swedish American entrepreneur successfully sends valuable information to the Allies by pretending to be a Nazi. The trouble begins when he is caught by the Gestapo. The film is based on the true story of one of the war's best spies, Eric Erickson.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Paramount Pictures

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William Holden
as Eric Erickson
Lilli Palmer
as Frau Marianne Möllendorf
Hugh Griffith
as Collins
Eva Dahlbeck
as Ingrid Erickson
Ulf Palme
as Max Gumpel
Werner Peters
as Bruno Ulrich
Ernst Schroeder
as Baron Gerhard von Oldenburg
Ingrid van Bergen
as Hulda Windler
Carl Raddatz
as Otto Holtz
Helo Gutschwager
as Hans Holtz
Erica Beer
as Klara Holtz
Charles Regnier
as Wilhelm Kortner
Wolfgang Preiss
as Colonel Nordoff
Jochen Blume
as Dr. Jacob Karp
Dirk Hansen
as Lieutenant Nagler
Ludwig Maybert
as Stationmaster
Klaus Kinski
as Kindler
Erik Schumann
as Nazi Gunboat Officer
Stefan Schnabel
as Gestapo Agent at Funeral
Phil Brown
as Harold Murray
Max Buchsbaum
as Fischer
Ejner Federspiel
as Prof. Christiansen
Eva Fiebig
as Frau Hecker
Holger Hagen
as Carl Bradley
Kai Holm
as Gunnar
Reinhard Kolldehoff
as Col. Erdmann
Poul Reichhardt
as Fishing Boat Skipper
Bendt Rothe
as Mogens
Albert Rueprecht
as Capt. Barlach
Ted Taylor
as Monitor Man
Werner Van Deeg
as Oil-Refinery Manager
Georg Voelmmer
as Lt. Bretz
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Critic Reviews for The Counterfeit Traitor (Espía por Mandato)

All Critics (3)

Not good enough to be great, too grim to be enjoyable as a spy yarn.

September 13, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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November 10, 2005

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July 28, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Audience Reviews for The Counterfeit Traitor (Espía por Mandato)

I have seen all of the usual films that one sees of William Holden. This is a gem in the midst of what was considered to be his down period...a very interesting look at a industrialist turned spy and the impacts that this has on his business and personal life. Worth a look.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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I saw this when it first came out. It was a bit long, but the story of what this person did, giving up friends, family and his reputation for something higher is a lesson we could use today. The two most touching scenes were during his escape. First, was when the fishing boat that was smuggling him out was stopped by a nazi patrol boat, a jewish refugee with him who was sick and coughing suffocated himself so as not to exponse their hiding space. Second, when he came ashore in Sweden, friendless and disgraced as a traitor, the one person waiting for him was his jewish friend. The person he had shunned and insulted in order to carry out his role as a spy. A friend who had never doubted him and stood by him.

Bob Ayers
Bob Ayers

Good spy thriller, Lilli Palmer is excellent.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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