The Ipcress File

1965

Thriller

58
IMDb Rating 7.2 10 13,689

Synopsis


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Cast

Gordon Jackson as Tom - Friend of Harry's
Michael Caine as John Preston
Nigel Green as Nayland Smith
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988.56 MB
1280*720
English 2.0
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23.976 fps
109 min
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1.98 GB
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English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
109 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by loza-1 9 / 10 / 10

Best of the series, and one of the best British spy films.

Although this film is obviously made on something of a shoestring, there is nothing "kitchen sink about it". The scenes are shot on location in London (I came out of my house one morning, and saw them shooting the film across the road. A friend told me that Michael Caine was in the film, and this turns out to be the film.) This film was made in the wake of the Philby, McLean et al scandal, and the film enters the British class warfare with all guns blazing. You see, these bunch of traitors were not the undependable working class, these were "decent Oxbridge chaps" who had had the finest education and privilege. And it was THEY who had sided with the commies. Similarly, the Profumo affair, where a minister of the Conservative government had been sharing a mistress with a Soviet diplomat, had been a nail in the coffin for the "old British order." If the chaps at the top couldn't be relied on to stay loyal. How about the rabble beneath? Harry Palmer represents the new kind of British hero, just as Michael Caine represents the new kind of British film actor. Whereas in British action films hitherto, the elite were shown as efficient and brave with their "OK, chaps, in you go. I'll be right behind you;" here they are displayed as duplicitous, inept, and resistant to change. (Listen to the comments made about supermarkets by Col. Ross.) The new order of things is being swept away, as evinced by Major Dalby swinging away to the military band in the park, in a sparsely filled auditorium. Again and again this theme of "it's the upper classes that are subversive comes up - from the very beginning, when Palmer leaves his lowly flat in Maida Vale's Formosa Street to head for a stakeout in Hamilton Terrace, one of the most exclusive streets in London. When the traitor is revealed at the end, it is a member of the establishment, who apparently believes in the system - not the insubordinate Palmer who continually cocks a snook at the system. Plenty of interesting imagery here. Notice that it is the "working class" Palmer who is living the most sophisticated life, from the moment he first appears in the memorable scene. Yes, the working class with their regional accents, and studying the racing pages of the newspapers have now got electric kettles, electric coffee grinders, and make their coffee in cafetieres. Another harbinger of the social change to come is the CIA agent, portrayed by a well-dressed Negro who smokes a pipe. Then there is the irony. The establishment, who hold the lower orders in utter contempt are the ones who embrace communism, a system that is supposed to be on the side of the worker, while it is lower orders, as represented by Palmer, who are trying to stop them. The spy mystery is just the tip of this iceberg, the interesting things are the changes in society that are going on underneath.

Reviewed by jotix100 9 / 10 / 10

An original take on Len Deighton's novel.

London, in the early 60s, was captured by Sidney Furie in all its splendor. One of the best things in the movie is the fantastic camera work by its cinematographer, Otto Heller. The director and his cameraman place the camera as a sort of "peeping Tom" device. Mr. Furie and Mr. Heller takes us along to spy on Harry Palmer in this satisfying adaptation of Len Deighton's novel. The musical score by John Barry is another element that works well with one is witnessing. Harry Palmer came alive the way Michael Caine played him. Palmer is a man from humble origins, in sharp contrast with the rest of the people he works for, who are clearly highly educated and who look down on this man because he is different. Mr. Caine is versatile actor whose take on Harry was right on the money. We can't do anything but admire him for making this man so approachable and believable. The film was blessed with an excellent cast. Nigel Green, who plays Major Dalby makes his character come true with little effort. So does Guy Doleman as Col. Ross. Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson, and the rest of the actors give amazing performances. "The Ipcress File" shows us what London looked like in the sixties. It hasn't changed that much, but all the exteriors used in the film is a joy to watch. That speaks volumes of Otto Heller who had an eye for what to photograph, as everything fit nicely into the context of the film.

Reviewed by simenkv 9 / 10 / 10

James Bond just won't be the same again ...

This film is fantastic. Many viewers complain that it is a "slow movie", but if you prefer todays 1-second-per-cut non-stop brain-dead action over a solidly crafted intelligent plot slowly unfolding with tons of wit and priceless characters, then okay, be my guest! I found the (extremly) dry witty atmosphere of the movie perfect. Michael Caine just rocks as the cooking British agent that fills in "T-106's" in-between dangerous stake-outs. The British secret service portrayed as a bureaucratic nightmare is hilarious. The plot has just enough Bond-ish glamor, just the right sense of reality and mystery combined. I can't help myself think: "This is the way it could be in this business." The camera is located at strange places -- giving impressions of being hidden cameras -- and adds to the atmosphere of secret games, unknown dangers and who-can-you-trust. The music is gloomy, big-band jazz; adding coolness and atmosphere. It's hard to come by, but see it if you can -- hopefully on the big screen somewhere dusty! :-)

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