Rent The Ipcress File (1965)

3.8 of 5 from 142 ratings
1h 43min
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Synopsis:
Cynical and rebellious ex-army sergeant Harry Palmer (Michael Caine) has been blackmailed into working for Britain's security service. Hot on the trail of a kidnapped scientist, Palmer finds himself enmeshed in a sinister conspiracy involving horrifying brainwashing techniques, murder and treachery that reaches up to the highest levels of the security service itself.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Harry Saltzman
Writers:
W.H. Canaway, James Doran
Others:
Ken Adam, Bill Canaway, Otto Heller
Studio:
ITV DVD
Genres:
British Films, Action & Adventure, Classics, Thrillers
Countries:
UK
Awards:

1966 BAFTA Best Production Design

1966 BAFTA Best Cinematography

1966 BAFTA Best British Film

BBFC:
Release Date:
20/10/2003
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/11/2008
Run Time:
103 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Trailer
  • Stills Gallery

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Reviews (3) of The Ipcress File

A great 1960s period spy film - The Ipcress File review by RP

Spoiler Alert
02/03/2014

A great spy film starring Michael Caine as Sergeant Harry Palmer, a somewhat rebellious and ill-disciplined army intelligence spook in 1960s London. Much period background, gourmet cooking, and a little bit of mystery and adventure.

Harry investigates the brainwashing of British scientists, is captured and brainwashed himself, but escapes - and finds himself out on the streets of London and not in Eastern Europe as he imagined. Now to find the traitor in the department...

All good stuff, quite a few differences from Len Deighton's novel (including the fact that the central character definitely wasn't called 'Harry'), but enjoyable stuff nonetheless.

I enjoyed it, and although it's a little dated it gives a window onto the London of 50 years or so ago. 4/5 stars.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

A good low-key spy thriller with Michael Caine in the driving seat - The Ipcress File review by PJ

Spoiler Alert
07/05/2019

A scientist called Radcliffe is kidnapped from a train. Harry Palmer, a British Army sergeant, now working for an MoD outfit, is summoned by his superior, Colonel Ross, and transferred to an investigation section headed by Major Dalby. H Palmer, played by an excellent Michael Caine, is the most interesting character in the story because he is a relatively complex individual with a troubled past. The other characters, overall, are stereotypical and formulaic in their roles/ acting.

It is a good film, as low-key spy thrillers go, and it is interesting to see London in the 1960s featured extensively in the movie -- a trip down memory lane for older viewers! The story is not entirely plausible, but the suspense keeps you hooked and wanting to know what will happen next. There is still a lack of depth in the plot and the characters, somehow, so that it cannot be a masterpiece or a truly unforgettable classic, in my opinion.

Still, I certainly recommend this film, more particularly if you like spy thrillers, the cinema of the 1960s and Michael Caine. Who doesn't?

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Key Espionage Thriller. - The Ipcress File review by Steve Mason

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07/10/2013

This stylish spy film about the brain washing of British scientists goes for the ambience of the echoing bureaucracy of Le Carre's circus. And the lonely monotony of that world is the anchor of the film, together with a tight exciting story. But unlike The Spy Who Came in From the Cold, a fair amount of ambient sixties glamour managed to infiltrate The Ipcress File.

It has a fascinating look; the brightly coloured expressionist camera work gives the film a pop art sensibility. The clothes are fantastic, particularly Harry Palmer's suits. The understated, inscrutably Caine, in his famous glasses, delivers the nerdy cool that he became (less deservedly) more famous for elsewhere.

But best of all is John Barry's soundtrack, which brings a haunting, nervous, introspective sadness. One of the best London films of the sixties. One of the great espionage films. One of the most brilliant soundtracks. And one of the coolest films you'll ever see.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

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