The Ipcress File (1965, United Kingdom)

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The Ipcress File  1965 mystery movie

Running time: 109 minutes

Language: English

Agent Harry Palmer is reassigned to a counter espionage unit, lead by Major Dalby, when British scientist is kidnapped from a train and the agent that was protecting him is shot dead. The Dalby unit has little time to prove they are not incompetent otherwise they will be disbanded. Their first move is to find anyone that would have the resources and reasons to kidnap Radcliffe. One of their suspects is in French prison, so they concentrate on Eric Grantby, codenamed Bluejay. Palmer uses his connections in Scotland Yard to locate Grantby and approaches him to make a deal for release of the scientist. But here the things begin to get complicated...

First of the Harry Palmer movies, based on the novel by Len Deighton, that were in a way the competition for James Bond movies even though same producer was behind both series - Harry Saltzman. Harry Palmer stories were kept down-to-earth spy world stories, while James Bond films usually were spectacular fairy tales. The Ipcress File has very good plot that shows the world of espionage and counter espionage, where no one can be fully trusted. Great performances from main gast, complexed plot and mystery.

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Our rating

8 / 10

Movie value

8 / 10

Realism factor

4 / 5

Adventure factor

4 / 5

Story complexity

4 / 5


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Creators of The Ipcress File

Sidney J. Furie films

Sidney J. Furie


W.H. Canaway films


James Doran films


Len Deighton films


Cast of The Ipcress File

Michael Caine films

Michael Caine

as Harry Palmer

Nigel Green films

Nigel Green

as Major Dalby

Guy Doleman films

Guy Doleman

as Colonel Ross

Frank Gatliff films

Frank Gatliff

as Bluejay

Sue Lloyd films

Sue Lloyd

as Jean

Gordon Jackson films

Gordon Jackson

as Carswell

Aubrey Richards films

Aubrey Richards

as Radcliffe

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The Ipcress File trivia


Acronym IPCRESS stands for Induction of Psychoneuroses by Conditioned Reflex under strESS.

The Ipcress File 1965 mystery movie

The Ipcress File quotes

Harry Palmer: The fellow whose job Iím taking, will he show me the ropes?
Major Dalby: Maybe - if youíre in touch with the spirit world.
Harry Palmer: I beg your pardon?
Major Dalby: He was shot this morning.