A spy drama far closer to Le Carré than to Bond, this is John Huston’s bleakest movie.
Patrick O’Neal plays a US Navy officer seconded to a shadowy intelligence unit staffed by veteran operatives and sent to Russia to retrieve an incriminating document.
The plot’s convoluted beyond belief, but it’s the atmosphere that matters: this is a cold, amoral world ruled by duplicity and fear, with loyalty a commodity to be bought and sold.
Huston deploys a crack cast – Orson Welles, Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson –only let down by the wooden O’Neal.
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