The Ipcress File
The Ipcress File (1965)

Reluctant British spy Harry Palmer has to deal with bureaucracy, brainwashing and lots of really cool camera angles while on a mission to rescue kidnapped scientist Dr. Radcliffe.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1965
DVD Release Date: October 12, 1999
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TIME Magazine

Ipcress proves again that one of the primal pleasures of moviegoing is a tingling, no-nonsense suspense yarn enlivened by honest good humor.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The Ipcress File is as classy a spy film as you could ask to see.

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TV Guide

The best part of the film is Caine's characterization.

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Variety Staff

Caine skillfully resists any temptation he may have had to pep up the proceedings. In fact, his consistent underplaying adds considerably to the pull of the picture.

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Kate Muir
Times (UK)

Michael Caine is the epitome of Sixties cool in his first outing as the secret agent Harry Palmer.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Embora inferior a Funeral em Berlim, que contaria com um roteiro melhor, o primeiro filme da série ainda funciona graças à direção de Furie, à atuação irônica de Caine e à forma curiosamente monótona com que o cotidiano da espionagem é retratado.

Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Deighton's plot is a mild headache of deceit and double-dealing that glides stylishly and with much wit around Caine's Sergeant Palmer, a cocky London bachelor and middle-ranking scion of the MoD's counter-espionage department.

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Check out the scene where Caine and Green discuss the merits of button mushrooms and you'll appreciate that, as the actors have an excellent grasp of character, so the screenwriters have a superb eye for detail.

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Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Caine's the coolest anti-007 ever ...

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Daniel Mumby
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xGary Xx
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Mister Caple
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Sarah Gaish
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Pierluigi Puccini
At the rise of the 007 mania, and the effervescence of the swingin' sixties and the new wave, square secret service agent Harry Palmer was born. Most of… More
Marcus Woolcott
Could not get into this, it felt like a Bond film with all the charisma and entertainment sucked out.