The Quiller Memorandum (1966)

105 mins | Drama | 1966

Director:

Michael Anderson

Writer:

Harold Pinter

Producer:

Ivan Foxwell

Cinematographer:

Erwin Hillier

Production Designer:

Maurice Carter

Production Company:

Rank Organisation-Ivan Foxwell Productions-Carthay Films
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in West Berlin. Opened in London in Nov 1966 at 103 ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in West Berlin. Opened in London in Nov 1966 at 103 min. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An Ivan Foxwell Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
2nd unit cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Assoc art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Unit mgr
Cont
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Berlin Memorandum by Adam Hall (London, 1965).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Wednesday's Child," music and lyrics by John Barry and David Mack, sung by Matt Monro.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 December 1966
Copyright Claimant:
Rank Organisation
Copyright Date:
15 December 1966
Copyright Number:
LP34061
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
De Luxe
Widescreen/ratio
Panavision
Duration(in mins):
105
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When two British Intelligence agents are murdered in Berlin, Quiller, an American agent, is given the task of finding the leader of a neo-Nazi movement attempting to infect German thinking. Under the watchful eye of Pol, head of Berlin Control, Quiller follows a newspaper lead and visits a school where a teacher convicted of Nazi war crimes recently hanged himself. There Quiller is attracted to the teacher's replacement, Inge, and visits her at her apartment. Upon leaving, he is picked up by the Nazis, drugged, and brought for questioning to their headquarters. When he refuses, despite torture, to reveal the location of Berlin Control, the Nazi leader, Oktober, orders him dumped into the icy waters of a canal. Realizing Oktober expects him to report to Berlin Control, Quiller goes instead to Inge and asks for her help. Her "contact"--her headmistress--leads them both back to Oktober. The Nazi informs Quiller that he is to be set free, but unless he reveals the location of Berlin Control by daylight, both he and Inge will be murdered. By deliberately setting off a bomb which has been placed in his rented car, Quiller slips from the scene as the blazing explosion convinces the Nazis that he has been killed. Once he has reported the address of Oktober's headquarters to Pol, and the Nazis have been quickly rounded up, Quiller learns that Inge is not among the prisoners. He finds her back at her school; she tells him only that Oktober let her go. As Quiller leaves, Inge returns to "teaching" the younger generation of Berlin ... +


When two British Intelligence agents are murdered in Berlin, Quiller, an American agent, is given the task of finding the leader of a neo-Nazi movement attempting to infect German thinking. Under the watchful eye of Pol, head of Berlin Control, Quiller follows a newspaper lead and visits a school where a teacher convicted of Nazi war crimes recently hanged himself. There Quiller is attracted to the teacher's replacement, Inge, and visits her at her apartment. Upon leaving, he is picked up by the Nazis, drugged, and brought for questioning to their headquarters. When he refuses, despite torture, to reveal the location of Berlin Control, the Nazi leader, Oktober, orders him dumped into the icy waters of a canal. Realizing Oktober expects him to report to Berlin Control, Quiller goes instead to Inge and asks for her help. Her "contact"--her headmistress--leads them both back to Oktober. The Nazi informs Quiller that he is to be set free, but unless he reveals the location of Berlin Control by daylight, both he and Inge will be murdered. By deliberately setting off a bomb which has been placed in his rented car, Quiller slips from the scene as the blazing explosion convinces the Nazis that he has been killed. Once he has reported the address of Oktober's headquarters to Pol, and the Nazis have been quickly rounded up, Quiller learns that Inge is not among the prisoners. He finds her back at her school; she tells him only that Oktober let her go. As Quiller leaves, Inge returns to "teaching" the younger generation of Berlin children. +

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