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This spy film purports to be inspired by the true story of Kim Philby (1912-1988), a British intelligence officer and Soviet spy during the 1940s and '50s who gained international notoriety when he blew his cover and defected to the USSR in 1963. But this fictional, unsophisticated, if not naive docudrama portrays a world of espionage in a cross between Nancy Drew and Sam Spade, and Philby's real story is buried in the process. The film opens with British double agent Philip Kimberly (Michael Caine) undergoing complete plastic surgery by order of his Soviet bosses, while his death is announced in the world press. With a different name and face, Kimberly -- now Kuzminsky -- is sent back to England in the guise of a Soviet citizen to retrieve a secret list of names he supposedly hid several years ago. Kusminsky/Kimberly defects at the British passport control, and later escapes his British guards -- leading to a manhunt by both British and Soviet agents. His chief nemesis is Admiral Scaith (Laurence Olivier) and the man he assigns to the case, Jaime Fraser (Robert Powell) -- who just happens to be living with Kimberly's daughter. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Michael Caine
as Philip Kimberley/Kuziminsky
Laurence Olivier
as Adm. Sir Gerald Scaith
Susan George
as Penelope Kimberley
Robert Powell
as Jamie Fraser
Charles Gray
as Sir James Charley
Michael Medwin
as Milroy
Vladek Sheybal
as Gen.Zorin
Anthony Dawson
as Vicar
Jennifer Jayne
as Nurse
Maureen Bennett
as Susan
Bill Shine
as Commissionaire
David Kelly
as Cameron
Peter Hutchins
as Connolly
Maggie Rennie
as Mrs. Ransom
David Allister
as Sgt. Lloyd
Jana Sheldon
as Air Hostess
Robert Austin
as 2nd KGB Man
John Franklyn-Robbins
as English Doctor
Yuri Borienko
as Russian Trainer
Peggy Marshall
as Polly
Thomas Heathcote
as Gamekeeper
Peter Burton
as Douglas Ransom
Sabine Sun
as Dr. Zilenka
Matthew Scurfield
as 1st KGB Man
Richard Aylen
as Older Kimberley
Juliet Nissen
as Miss Fortescue
Richard Borthwick
as Policeman


Terence Young
Joe Eisinger
Dorothea Bennett
Book Author
Freddie Francis
Derek Trigg
Alan Strachan