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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.
It relies on a straight narrative storyline, simple but holding, literate dialog and well-drawn characters.
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.
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.
Spy thrillers depend on constant action and narrative twists, whereas plots and Pinter simply do not mix.
The menace of Harold Pinter's script is marvellously sustained by director Michael Anderson in this espionage thriller, with George Segal giving one of his finest performances.
As a spy movie, it may rarely be more than adequate, but the compensations make up for that.
Pinter's spare screenplay gives George Segal some funny lines, but the fact that Segal doesn't engage in the usual Bondsmanship is welcome relief for audiences bored with one fantastic exploit after another and yearning for a more human look at spying.
Daft, dated and outright confusing most of the time, but it undeniably fun.
Much underrated...One of the best spy thrillers of the 1960s.
A great cast put to poor use in an espionage film so determined to avoid spy movie cliches that it fails to remember what makes them enjoyable in the first place.
A great cast makes the most of this thin spy story.
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