Monday, November 30, 2015

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965)

Academy Awards, USA 1966

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Richard Burton
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Black-and-White
Hal Pereira
Tambi Larsen
Ted Marshall
Josie MacAvin

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Martin Ritt
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
(DVD, Paramount)

Aging British spy Richard Burton is sent on one last mission to East Germany. He poses as a drunkard and takes a series of demeaning jobs, all in order to entrap a British double agent helping the Germans. Along the way he falls in love with idealistic communist Claire Bloom, whom he tries to protect when the going gets tough. Dialogue-heavy story which Burton chews up and spits out never gets going until the final scene, but it's hardly worth the effort.

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