The Ipcress File

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The Ipcress File ★★★ 1965

The first of the Harry Palmer spy mysteries that made Caine a star. Based upon the bestseller by Len Deighton, it features the flabby, nearsighted spy investigating the kidnapping of notable British scientists. Solid scenes, including a scary brainwashing session, and tongue-firmly-in-British-cheek humor. Lots of camera play to emphasize Caine's myopia. Two sequels: “Funeral in Berlin” and “Billion Dollar Brain.” 108m/C VHS, DVD . GB Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, Sue Lloyd, Gordon Jackson; D: Sidney J. Furie; W: Bill Canaway, James Doran; C: Otto Heller; M: John Barry. British Acad. ‘65: Film.