A fanatical billionaire called General Midwinter (Ed Begley) devises a failsafe plan to destroy Russia. For many years he has channelled his vast resources into the construction of a fantastic computer complex which, when complete, will be used to trigger the Third World War. Then, in the ensuing madness, Midwinter's private army will tip the balance in favour of the West. At the last moment Colonel Ross (Guy Doleman) of MI-5 stumbles across the plan. He knows that only one man can save the world from certain doom - Harry Palmer (Michael Caine). But Palmer doesn't want to know. Ross blackmails Palmer using the gorgeous Signe (Francoise Dorleac) and the dull-witted Newbegin (Karl Malden) as pawns in a little charade. It is no surprise then that Palmer finally finds himself matching wits with the devilish Colonel Stok not to mention the insane General Midwinter in a confrontation where the stakes are the future of the human race.
A real 60's techno freak
- Billion Dollar Brain review by malya shepard
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One of the great things about being over 60 is enjoying films of your youth through the wrong end of a telescope... and seeing whether they still hold their focus. Billion Dollar Brain has every trick you would expect from Ken Russell - as pacey and full as the early Bond movies. Sexy Michael Caine in a fur hat takes himself not at all seriously - Finland under the snow could well be a take-off of David Lean's Zhivago. Quaint 30 year old visions of what an all powerful computer looks like will give techno freaks a belly laugh - and there is a marvellous scene where a crazy American warlord runs amuck. (Goodness, we dont have those any more, do we?!?)