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The Quiller Memorandum

The thinking man's spy thriller, in as much as Harold Pinter wrote the script. Although the whole thing is ill-served by Michael Anderson's direction, it remains perversely likeable precisely because it is rather long-winded and enig-matic: it gets closer to the feel of Len Deighton's novels far better than any of the three Harry Palmer films. The acting, with George Segal versus neo-Nazi Max von Sydow, is excellent, the Berlin locations so-so.

Release details

Duration: 103 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Michael Anderson
Screenwriter: Harold Pinter
Cast: George Segal
Alec Guinness
Max von Sydow
Senta Berger
George Sanders
Robert Helpmann
Robert Flemyng
Peter Carsten
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Peter Kirk

Movie wrecked by the dreadful miscasting of Segal, and Pinter's failure to get anywhere close to the hero's complex inner life. This throws attention back on the silly and repetitive plot. Great performance by Von Sydow cannot rescue things.