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Movie Details

Title:   The Quiller Memorandum
Director:   Michael Anderson
Year:   1966
Genre:   Spy
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.25.06

Other Movies Seen By This Director (1)
- Logan's Run

Notes History
Date Viewed Venue Note
11.25.06Netflix George Segal plays an American agent working in West Berlin to track some neo-nazis including Max von Sydow who plays a character named Oktober. Also starring Alec Guinness, Senta Berger (who was also in The Spy With My Face) and George Sanders with a score by John Barry and not a single gadget, this is a heavy-loaded straight up 60s spy film that I would've never heard of wer eit not for QTfest (where it played in a double feature with Sol Madrid during QT3).

I'm a pretty huge fan of these 60s straight spy films, but I have a pretty hard time finding them. There seems to be more spy spoofs than straight ones, which is a shame because as fun as those are, these are way more awesome and satisfy me on a much deeper level.

But you know... it's still a spy movie. At one point von Sydow asks a freshly captured Segal "what's it like to be so sexually attractive?" Segal just smirks his answer.

Mostly though, it's Segal walking around West Berlin getting into trouble. He's a little bit of a pretty boy but there's one scene where he tough-arms a dude in glasses where i completely bought into him. The covers a lot of the standard spy bases (he gets drugged and resists interrogation) but since it's played so straight, it easily held my attention.

There's no actual memorandum though. I guess I spoiled it. Maybe the book that it was based on is the memo... who knows.

This actually reminded me a lot of another QTfest movie: The Venetian Affair.
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