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Released Runtime Category
1965 108 Mystery/Thrillers
Director Language
Sydney J. Furie English
Michael Caine, Sue Lloyd, Nigel Green, Gordon Jackson

The Ipcress File

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What's it About

British secret agent Harry Palmer (Caine) is assigned to investigate the kidnapping and brainwashing of prominent scientists — a job that only becomes murkier and more complex as the film progresses.

Why we love it

From Harry Saltzman — the producer of 007 — comes the thinking man's James Bond. Caine's Palmer is grittier, less elegant and more reticent than Bond; hence, much closer to what a spy is really like. The young actor is at the peak of his powers playing Len Deighton's working-class protagonist, and director Furie gives the film a flavorful '60s feel. Along with "Alfie," this role solidified Caine's leading man status, and rightly so.

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