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Enigma (1982)

A CIA agent tries to infiltrate Soviet intelligence to stop a murderous diabolical plot.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

Michael Barak (novel), John Briley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Sheen ... Alex Holbeck
Brigitte Fossey ... Karen Reinhardt
Sam Neill ... Dimitri Vasilikov
Derek Jacobi ... Kurt Limmer, East German
Michael Lonsdale ... Bodley
Frank Finlay ... Canarsky
Warren Clarke ... Konstantin
Michael Williams ... Hirsch, Limmer's Assistant
David Baxt ... Melton
Kevin McNally ... Bruno, CIA
Michel Auclair ... Doctor
Alan Adair Alan Adair
Féodor Atkine
Patrick Bauchau
Georges Beauvilliers Georges Beauvilliers
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Storyline

The CIA discovers a Russian plot to assassinate five defectives on the Christmas Day, but they do not know who they are. The defective Alex Holbeck is recruited in Paris by CIA and sent to East Berlin to steal the scrambler of the Enigma, the machine used by the soviet intelligence for communication. On the arrival, Holbeck discovers that the KGB and the East Germany government know that he has arrived and his contacts are arrested. Holbeck meets his former lover, the lawyer Karen Reinhardt, and she gives a safe house to him. The Russian agent Dimitri Vasilikov and the East German agent Kurt Limmer try to find Holbeck's whereabout using different methods, while Karen seduces Dimitri to get the information about the location of the soldiers that Holbeck needs. However Holbeck does not know that the CIA has the scrambler and he is only a bait to convince the Russians that they do not have it. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

12 | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1985 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Den varme spion See more »

Filming Locations:

Lille, Nord, France See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono
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This movie was completely shot in France. Its director, Jeannot Szwarc was actually born, bred and educated in Paris. He returned to his homeland to direct this film. See more »

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Plot does reveal an "Enigma"
20 April 1999 | by DasomirSee all my reviews

I must admit, when I first began watching this film I had no clue what was going on. So the beginning was a bit confusing for me. However, that did not diminish my enjoyment of the movie. The characters reveal themselves to be more complex than they may first appear, and that is what makes this a memorable film. At first I heard this was a real "Hollywood" movie. Although it obviously lacks the stereotypical "guns and fists" element, the convincing performances of talented actors such as Martin Sheen and Sam Neill more than make up for it. I'd rather see a film with more substance than shooting any day.


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