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January 7, 2017
James Mason excelled at playing disdainful bad guys, although he was charismatic enough to absorb attention in the hero role too. Here, he is thoroughly bad, as a traitor selling secrets to the Nazis stolen from under the nose of the British Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey (he is the ambassador's valet). His motive is money and he swears no political allegiances. Director Joseph L. Mankiewiecz follows Mason's actions so closely that we come to identify with him and almost hope that his plans to reveal the details of Operation Overlord (D-Day landing site) succeed. His partner is played by Danielle Darrieux, an exiled countess who has fallen on hard times and, similarly, is open to the highest bidder, Nazi or British, and thus receptive to Mason's overtures (he was formerly her husband's valet). Apparently, the spy story is true and based on a book by one of the central Nazi figures in the action but Mankiewicz (and screenwriter Michael Wilson) inserted the countess into the script which introduces richer deeper themes about class into the mix. After all, Mason is a valet who seeks to improve his lot in life through espionage, expecting even to bed/wed the countess. The plot has enough twists to ensure its appeal to those seeking a ripping spy story although the failure of the Allies to detect Mason for most of the picture seems a bit far-fetched. A good one, filmed on location in Turkey with a Bernard Herrmann score to boot.
October 1, 2016
It is exceptionally rare that any film-noir is based on a true story. But this is the case here, as this movie tells 'the story of the highest paid spy in history', quotes the movie's tagline.

Set during the Second World War, James Mason is very good as Ulysses DIello, the character which the movie is based on.

Joseph L Mankiewicz's direction is very good, as is the screenplay by Michael Wilson, and they both received Oscar nominations (Wilson won a Golden Globe for the script).

A gripping movie which is well worth viewing and the fact that this is based on true events makes the film very watchable from start to finish. It may be one of Mankiewicz's forgotten films but I consider it to be one of his very good ones and will still be one of Hollywood's finest directors. The dramatic moments keep you on the edge-of-your-seat and the script is well written.
February 20, 2016
Something for everyone here, intrigue, WW II spys, historical accuracy and locations, and plot twists with a stunning ending. I thoroughly enjoyed it, finally got to watch the entire movie after having come in late, but still found it a fantastic film, just bided my time
e until it showed up again. Don't listen to anyone who gives it a rating of less than 100%, they're just being pickers of nit.
½ May 26, 2015
"Do you know the Aslane mosque in the old quarter?... Be sure totake you shoes off. The Muslims will resent it if you don't"
"To them, no more childish than you resenting someone's hat being on in church."
½ January 14, 2015
Well made WW II spy film, based on a true story. James Mason's charisma is the glue that holds this together. Neat to see exteriors were shot in the actual locations.
½ September 6, 2014
One of the most twisted spy movie of all time. Credit also goes to the charismatic James Mason.
August 31, 2014
Masterpiece spy thriller with an utterly compelling performance by James Mason
Super Reviewer
August 21, 2013
5 Fingers is a great thriller on a par with Hitchcock's Diplomatic Immunity. One of the best early depictions of spycraft smack dab in the middle of the Cold War.
May 28, 2012
Clever riveting British black & white espionage film released in 1952, set during WW2 in Turkey starring James Mason. Based on true events that took place in Ankara (Operation Cicero). Loved every minute of it. One of the best spy films I've seen.
April 11, 2011
A brilliant psychodrama starring the world's most popular actor, James Mason. Odd Man Out makes a powerful political statement and brings the gritty reality of terrorism into focus in the postwar era. An amazing film.
October 2, 2010
Fabulously tense and dark spy thriller . If you enjoy the Harry Palmer movies or Le Carre then this movie is right up your street.
September 29, 2010
Fictionalised account of the story of the valet to the British ambassador in Turkey, who sold secrets to the Germans. The story is full of twists and turns and leaves the question of whether he was a double-agent pleasingly unanswered. Great performance from James Mason as the dastardly spy.
March 8, 2010
Great espionage film. It is allegedly based on a true story -- Well, if it *is* true, then it is only the Nazis' fanatism and paranoia that saved our butts in WWII. Guess that's what happens when sociopaths, criminals and thugs rule a country.
½ November 27, 2009
Just one of those classic old films. James Mason is excellent.
October 12, 2009
I won't be watching this one.
½ August 8, 2009
James Mason est la classe incarnee!
May 19, 2009
How did I manage to miss this movie until now? James Mason transforms this run-of-the-mill, conventionally told spy story into a riveting psychological study, and Danielle Darrieux, brilliant as always, serves as the perfect foil for his performance. I probably wouldn't rate it in my all-time top ten, but for a film I only stumbled upon by accident it was fantastic.
January 29, 2009
James Mason...James Fucking Mason
November 16, 2008
Una peli de guerra donde la guerra no lo es todo con un final super sincero de los mejores finales del cine
September 1, 2008
Juegos de espias, "guerras inteligentes", intereses particulares
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