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  • Actors: Martin Sheen, Sam Neill, Derek Jacobi, Michael Lonsdale, Frank Finlay
  • Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Producers: Enigma
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Run Time: 98.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001L2GBHC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 262,789 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Germany released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), German ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), German ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), German ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Directed by TV-anthology veteran Jeannot Szwarc, Enigma has a certain small-screen "feel" to it. Adopting a musical-comedy foreign accent, Martin Sheen plays Alex Holbeck, an Iron Curtain defector who returns to East Germany at the behest of the CIA. His mission is to save five political "undesirables" from the communists. Holbeck runs up against some formidable opposition, namely ambitious KGB agent Dimitri Vasilkov (Sam Neill) and a quintet of highly trained Soviet assassins. Brigitte Fossey co-stars as Holbeck's former love, whom he involves in his escape plans by asking her to romance the susceptible Vasilkov. ...Enigma

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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gozewinduske on 6 Feb. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I expected to pay for and recieve the dvd in the dvd box as it was advertised. However, I recieved a freebee from the Sunday Mail. My fault, I was told, as in the text it said it was a freebee. Of course I should have read the small print, but why the original photograph. I would never ever have bought this if I had realized this was not an original dvd. Silly me!! I know better now and will think twice before buying again from AMazon Marketplace.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A film of the Old School 24 July 2014
By Get Serious - Published on
Format: DVD
Modern films utilize a lot of CGI, blow up buildings and roll over cars to keep modern audiences from falling asleep. Although this film was made in '83 it brings back the Cold War flics of the 60's and 70's, when absolute intrigue of the East German/Russian threat in Berlin made audiences sit on the edge of their seats. Cerebral films don't have to blow crap up. They have character development and the intrigue orbits around whether or not someone will get caught by the evil police state or whether they will accomplish their mission. This is accomplished by having absolutely intense characters and believable threat! A very young Sam Neil and a middle-aged Martin Sheen pull off the intensity just fine. Younger viewers probably won't appreciate a film like this, as it requires the viewer to get involved and actually think! But more mature theater goers will appreciate the subtleties and nuance of real intrigue and be riveted to the end. Although completely filmed in France, we get the flavor of the Eastern Block. Recommended for mature audiences.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Enigma 25 Jun. 2014
By Peter J. Roberts - Published on
It was interesting to see well known actors 30 years younger than they are today. Their youth produced a tiny bit of cognitive disconnect. The acting had the style of the 70s-early 80s; that is, it was fine at the time but seems a little stilted today. The general public was just becoming aware of computers on a personal level, and it was fun to see what was meant to be impressive high-tech but is already so old and cumbersome. (This ought to remind us of how old and cumbersome our current high-tech will appear in 30 years!) All this being said, Enigma was a good Cold War story with a clever twist that even this old movie-goer did not expect.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Worth Watching 12 Jun. 2014
By zon-reviewer - Published on
Above average Cold War thriller with enough twists and turns to satisfy the most ardent spy-adventure watcher until the end. The film was more about the interpersonal interaction than about espionage. I would rate this as only below "The Spy Who Came In From the Cold" (which was realistic and gritty) and "The IPCRESS File", which had everything I wanted in a realistic spy film.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Typical but Decent Cold War Thriller 18 Dec. 2011
By drkhimxz - Published on
With a mix of total cynicism and idealism, this is a late Cold War thriller which will provide you with the necessary elements of suspense, fear for the fate of the "Good Guys" and loathing for the "Bad Guys" with a novel twist. There are elements which weaken the impact as compared to the best of breed in this genre, but still it should grip most who do not demand only the superior. Martin Sheen and Sam Neill fulfill the demands of the script, which is a bit high in its requirement that one accepts the unlikely, particularly in the case of Neill's character; Brigitte Fossey is appealing in her heroines role. Derek Jacobi is wasted in a caricatured role as an East German security agent but the other supporting players do not induce the same sense of waste in fulfilling the stereotypes they play. All in all, it would have made an excellent made for television film and is worth a look-in by devotees of this type of work.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Really good cold war spy thriller 13 April 2014
By Vermont Craftsman - Published on
Sometimes movies with a good cast like Sheen and Neil can still be lousy. Not this one, it is a believable tense thriller. It is a good reminder of how bad things were during the cold war. In the end there is a soft heart under that cold Russian front. This is worth watching
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