5 Fingers

An elegantly witty espionage movie, founded on fact but no slave to the facts as recounted by German military attaché LZ Moyzisch in his account (Operation Cicero) of an Albanian-born valet to the British ambassador in Turkey in 1944 who hawked top secret allied documents to the Germans. In Mankiewicz's hands, characteristically elaborated into a teasing rondo of political and sexual intrigue where each new doublecrossing move is mated by a totally unexpected irony of fate, the tale becomes an irresistibly dry, cynical comedy of manners in which the crafty gentleman's gentleman (a marvellous performance from Mason), scheming to secure the means to promote himself as a member of the leisured classes, falls victim to his own pretensions when a beautiful but unprincipled refugee Countess (the equally marvellous Darrieux) trails a heady promise of romance across his path. An irresistible treat.

Release details

Duration: 108 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joseph L Mankiewicz
Screenwriter: Michael Wilson
Cast: James Mason
Danielle Darrieux
Michael Rennie
Walter Hampden
Oscar Karlweis
Herbert Berghof

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Marc Barnes

Probably James Mason's finest performance. A tense thriller with a surprise twist at the end. Sad to say, but they don't make movies like this any more.

Marc Barnes

Probably James Mason's finest performance. A tense thriller with a surprise twist at the end. Sad to say, but they don't make movies like this any more.

clive1933

A masterly performance by James Mason. This is a movie that can be viewed many times with pleasure. Entertaining, while keeping the suspense until the end.

clive1933

A masterly performance by James Mason. This is a movie that can be viewed many times with pleasure. Entertaining, while keeping the suspense until the end.