The Quiller Memorandum

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Based on a novel by Adam Hall, this well-wrought espionage adventure attempts to take a realistic look at the world of spies as it chronicles the adventures of an American agent who is assigned to go to Berlin and report back on the activities of a new generation of Nazis.


Critic Reviews for The Quiller Memorandum

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

  • A B movie, never mind the big budget and the famous names, is exactly what Memorandum is. The plot is generally aimless, the lines are merely cute.

    Mar 14, 2015 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
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  • It relies on a straight narrative storyline, simple but holding, literate dialog and well-drawn characters.

    May 5, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • Although the whole thing is ill-served by Michael Anderson's direction, it remains perversely likeable precisely because it is rather long-winded and enigmatic.

    Feb 9, 2006 | Full Review…

    Chris Petit

    Time Out
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  • If you've got any spying to be done in Berlin, don't send George Segal to do the job. Or rather, don't send the pudding-headed fellow that Mr. Segal plays in "The Quiller Memorandum.

    May 9, 2005 | Full Review…
    New York Times
    Top Critic
  • Segal's characterization is something of a puzzle. It is not consistent, is full of mannerisms and is seldom believable.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Spy thrillers depend on constant action and narrative twists, whereas plots and Pinter simply do not mix.

    Mar 14, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Quiller Memorandum

  • Jul 17, 2009
    Top notch cold war cinema. This film was well written, credible and held my interest. As a plus it features Max Von Sydow AND Sir Lawrence Olivier in the same film. Segal gave one of his better performances. This intrigue film is a good one if you like thinking about gray areas, ambiguities, and contradictions.
    Pamela D Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2007
    an old fashioned spy flick. much like a james bond but slower. more realistic and grainy. alec guiness had a small-ish role really but george segal was more than apt as the main character. the only skirt was senta berger but she weren't bad for a redhead. the old adage... they don't make 'em like this anymore. impressed with segal as i've not seen him in anything before... that i remember
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer

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