THE GAME OF SPYING, DOUBLE CROSS, DEFECTION, BETRAYAL AND DEATH.
Philip Kimberley (Michael Caine), a former British top intelligence official who once defected to the Soviet Union, gets plastic surgery and returns to Britain where he’ll try to retrieve important documents. Caine and Laurence Olivier reunited after Sleuth (1972) for a spy thriller directed by the man who brought us some of the best James Bond movies. Obviously based on the story of the real-life spy Kim Philby, this one tries to create tension by having Caine manipulate both sides. However, in spite of good actors, the film is awfully talky, pedestrian and looks cheap.
1984-Britain. 91 min. Color. Directed by Terence Young. Novel: Dorothea Bennett. Cast: Michael Caine (Philip Kimberley/Sergei Kuzminsky), Laurence Olivier (Gerald Scaith), Susan George (Penelope Kimberley), Robert Powell, Charles Gray, Michael Medwin.