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- kevin sellers
Director Sidney Lumet (not, as previous reviewer Lola wrote, Stanley Donen) in his lone foray into the Espionage genre is largely successful, thanks mainly to having fine material with which to work (i.e. a John Le Carre novel). Indeed, if you cut out those embarrassing scenes between James Mason and Harriet Anderson you'd have an almost flawless film (i.e. I didn't buy the pushing sixty and frail looking Mason so easily beating up a much younger and robust looking Max Schell). But these bathetic exchanges have been allowed to stay and thus this film falls from A status to B plus. P.S. Equally as good as the always wonderful Mason is Harry Andrews, one of the finest character actors in mid twentieth century British cinema, playing a fascinating combination of cruelty, absent mindedness, eccentricity and heroism named Police Inspector Mendel. Too bad Lumet killed him off. Coulda done a neat sequel with him.
Title gives away ending
Good film if the title didn't completely give away the "whodunit" factor. Did they seriously not think about this?
Music was seriously at odds with the plot
- Lola Owens
I loved the super cast, except for Harriet Anderson, but the music score was wildly inappropriate to a Carre spy story and often way too loud. AS if the composer was anticipating scoring Georgy Girl. I later realized that Stanley Donen had directed the movie, an explanation of sorts. It's worth watching to see Signoret giving a Master Class, and a young Lynn Redgrave.And of course, James Mason could read the phone book, and I'd stay to listen!
A CALL FOR THE DEAD
- HAL CROFT
THIS MOVIE IS BASED ON JOHN le CARRE'S FIRST BOOK, "A CALL FOR THE DEAD", IN WHICH GEORGE SMILEY MAKES HIS DEBUT.THIS IS A TERRIFIC MOVIE, JUST DON'T TAKE ANYTHING AT FACE VALUE, BECAUSE NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS. TERRIFIC ACTING BY ALL PARTIES. I HAVE NO IDEA WHY THEY CHANGED THE TITLE OR WHY JOHN le CARRE IS NOT CREDITED, BUT MOVIE PRODUCERS ARE FUNNY.
Great film show it
- robert Alpert
You have shown The Spy who Came in from the Cold--this is its "prequel" (though the names are changed--show it!--often it is great!
Loved this movie - I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I look forward to the next screening on TCM.Try it, you'll like it.