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The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

Cast: George Segal, Alec Guinness, Max Von Sydow, more...
Director: Michael Anderson
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Foreign, Independent, Suspense/Thriller, Political Thriller, Espionage, UK
Running Time: 103 min.

This spy saga differs from the usual Bond-styled fare that was popular at the time. There are plenty of gadgets but the hero Quiller (George Segal) never once uses a gun. Quiller is called on by his superior Pol (Alec Guinness) to infiltrate a Neo-Nazi gang in Berlin after two British agents have been killed on the same mission. After a teacher at a school has hanged himself when he is accused of being a war criminal, Quiller meets the late teachers replacement, the lovely Inge (Senta Berger). He willingly goes home with her before being beaten, drugged, and kidnapped by Nazi thugs, but the head Nazi Oktober (Max Von Sydow) allows Quiller to escape in hopes he will lead them to Pol. Quiller is captured again and given until morning to reveal information or he and Inge will die. George Sanders and Edith Schneider make the most of their limited screen time with fine performances. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide

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Borderline Unwatchable by gfrasur February 2, 2010 - 7:56 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
It's a common complaint against TQM that George Segal was miscast as Quiller. I knew this when I rented the film, but it is worse than I thought. I'm a huge fan of the Quiller novels (this is the first and only to be filmed). The character seems completely naked without any of the almost non-stop interior monologue of the novel(s). I realize that movies can't always use the same tricks as books, but there seems to be no interest in bringing the actual character to life. What a shame, because Quiller is one of the great characters in all of spy fiction.

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