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  • Actors: Michael Caine, Karl Malden, Ed Begley, Oskar Homolka, Françoise Dorléac
  • Directors: Ken Russell
  • Writers: Len Deighton, John McGrath
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Sept. 2004
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ADWV2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,190 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directed by Ken Russell, this film is the last in a trio of espionage thrillers based on the novels by Len Deighton (it was preceded by 'The Ipcress File' and 'Funeral in Berlin') starring Michael Caine as antihero Harry Palmer, who, having left the Secret Service, is now working as a private eye. He is soon sucked into a web of conspiracy involving a far-right American billionaire, General Midwinter (Ed Begley), who plans to wipe out the Communist threat in Latvia using his highly sophisticated computer system.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 18 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
Billion Dollar Brain had always disappointed in the past, but seen again in light of recent events it's taken on a whole new resonance. As a Harry Palmer movie it still disappoints, but taken on its own terms its an entertaining spoof of the 60s spy movie, from its OTT title sequence (where Maurice Binder ruthlessly sends up his own Bond title sequences) to its Alexander-Nevsky-with-oil-tankers finale on the ice. At no point does the film ever expect you to take it seriously, which is just as well - after all, who on Earth would believe that a far-right evangelical Texas oil millionaire would start a pointless war based on phoney intelligence? Definitely a film that reality has finally caught up with...

MGM/UA's DVD boasts a good transfer, although it's worth that noting a 32-second sequence featuring The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night playing on a record player has had to be cut because of licensing problems. There are also sadly no extras at all.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By @GeekZilla9000 TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jun. 2011
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This is the third 'Harry Palmer' film and is the most ambitious of the films. It ties in nicely with the previous two (The IPCRESS File and Funeral In Berlin) as characters from those films appear here, and not just for the sake of continuity - they help drive the plot.

The film opens with a familiar face when Colonel Ross breaks into Harry Palmer's new detective agency office to try an persuade him to come back to MI5. Palmer may have his own plans but they are interrupted when a postal delivery containing a key along with £200 land on his desk. A recorded set of instructions prick his interest and lead Palmer to Helsinki.

This is a film full of twists and double bluffs, you need to pay attention otherwise it's easy to become bewildered and lose the plot. As a 'sixties spy thriller you expect a good dose of Cold War espionage, but Billion Dollar Brain combines that American Insularism and nazi-esque, extreme right wingism to deliver a film which still has social relevance. This seems more light-hearted than the other films and is easily the most Bond-like (comparisons are inevitable). It's the 'baddies' which feel more like something from a Bond film - the Russians are relegated here and the over-the-top, Texan oil billionaire Midwinter provides a theatrically maniacal nemesis complete with a high-tech lair and henchmen. Palmer seems more easy going here, but still manages to stay true to the deadpan character we've grown to love. Caine manages to constantly look stylish, whether he has ruffled hair, is wearing snow shoes, or even a fluffy hat - he oozes cool in an effortless way. Glamour is also added by superb French actress Françoise Dorléac who looks older than her mid-twenties age.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By George Nada on 12 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
I originally ordered this DVD in October, due to various problems it finally arrived in early January the following year! But it was worth the wait. During the period of wait I probably watched the film at least one more time on the MGM channel. It really is a favourite of mine, though not quite as good as The Ipcress File which was smarter, tighter and more thrilling.
A few comments on the review below:
"To solve the problem the studio has simply cut out a long sequence which is a disgraceful butchering of a director's work and alters the meaning of a scene from an exhuberant one to a more subdued one. Fans of this film are not going to like it."
I don't think it's a long sequence. It is a matter of seconds, and in my opinion does not affect the film irrespective of whether you are new to the film or familiar with the cut scene. Basically, Harry Palmer walks into the Latvian house and the Beatles are on TV playing Hard Day's Night. He moves into a room where Newbigen's "cousins" are and the film is neatly edited at that point so it looks like a flawless segue. I also don't agree that it alters the meaning of the scene - the only relevance is when Palmer leaves the room and is asked if he has any Beatles records. I suppose the scene helped place the film in terms of musical and social context - Beatles the rage and subersive in the Eastern bloc. Overall, I would rather have the film on DVD with the scene missing than not having it on DVD at all.
As for why the studio would release it, presumably Michael Jackson was asking too much for the rights to that music.
As for the quality of the print, it is 10x clearer and sharper than the digital satellite signal on MGM channel. And I hate films not being shown in their proper aspect ratio so having it in 2.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Calypsopiper on 18 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
I've always loved this film. The Ipcress file was great. Funeral in Berlin was OK, but the Billion Dollar Brain goes with a bang. It's hard to believe Ken Russell, with his artistic excesses, could direct a cracking action film to rival Bond. He must have needed the money, or someone had a gun to his head. He would probably hate me for saying this, but it's one of his most disciplined, entertaining films.
Michael Caine is agent Harry Palmer, who meets up with an old colleague on the Streets of Helsinki - that's Karl Malden as Leo Newbigen. Guy Doleman is great as the cunning head of Intelligence, Colonel Ross, with the stunning Francoise Dorleac as the Femme Fatale. Ed Begley is the barking American Oil Billionaire Midwinter, with a General Patton fixation. The finest supporting actor though is Oscar Homolka as Colonel Stok, reprising his role from Funeral in Berlin.
The plot is pure Sixties. Using a super computer, a power mad Texan plans to start World War Three. On the other hand, perhaps it's not that dated!
One minor niggle, a few seconds of a scene in Latvia, where a "Hard Day's Night" was playing on a gramophone with the Red Army singing on TV, has been removed. This is probably due to copyright problems, although I have taped it from the TV with it included. Daft innit!
Anyway, great movie, enjoy.
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