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  • 100 Greatest Spy Movies - Qualification Round - C

    ON YOUR HONOR: Choose 8 movies - 8 movies only
    I "spy" with my little eye....


    Good morning, operative.


    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, involves selecting the Greatest Spy Movie ever, out of a list of 100 compiled by the editors of American History magazine.


    Be sure to choose carefully, the future of the Free World and the popcorn industry may depend upon on it!


    This message will self-destruct in 5 seconds...




    Go for it folks !!!!!


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    Pick any eight movies to move on the to the first round of the tournament. Commentary is most welcome! Below are descriptions of each movie and a link to a website with even more information about the movie. Have fun!
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    51] ACROSS THE PACIFIC

    Across the Pacific (1942)

    In late 1941, Captain Rick Leland (Humphrey Bogart) is court-martialled and discharged from the U.S. Coast Artillery after he is caught stealing. He tries to join the Canadian army, but is coldly rebuffed. He subsequently boards a Japanese ship, the Genoa Maru, in Halifax to make his way to China via the Panama Canal to fight for Chiang Kai-shek.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Across_the_Pacific



    52] THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

    The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

    Peter Weir film adapted from the novel of the same name by its author Christopher Koch, Weir, and David Williamson. The story is about a love affair set in Indonesia during the overthrow of President Sukarno. It follows a group of foreign correspondents in Jakarta on the eve of an attempted coup by the so-called 30 September Movement on 30 September 1965 and during the beginning of the violent reprisals by military-led vigilante groups who killed hundreds of thousands.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yea...ng_Dangerously



    53] HOPSCOTCH

    Hopscotch (1980)

    The film is a comedy starring Walter Matthau as Miles Kendig, a renegade CIA agent intent on publishing a memoir exposing the inner workings of the CIA and the KGB. Sam Waterston and Ned Beatty play Cutter and Myerson, Kendig's protege and his bumbling former boss, respectively, and are repeatedly foiled in their attempts to capture him and stop the publication of the damaging memoir. Herbert Lom is Yaskov, the sympathetic KGB agent with an equal interest in his capture. Glenda Jackson plays Isobel von Schonenberg, his Austrian love interest who helps him stay one step ahead of his captors. Walter Matthau and Glenda Jackson also appeared as a couple in House Calls. Matthau's son David plays Ross, a bumbling junior CIA agent.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hopscotch_(film)



    54] THE COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR

    The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)

    Erickson (Holden) is an American-born Swedish oil man who is pressured by Allied intelligence agents, led by an acerbic British agent (Griffith), to spy for the Allies. Erickson begins his job reluctantly, as it causes marital discord and forces him to pose as a Nazi. He agrees because otherwise his business would be destroyed by the Allies, but over time, realizes it is the right thing to do.
    He is influenced in making this moral decision by one of his contacts in Germany, a religious woman (Lilli Palmer) who gives him guidance on the meaning of life and right and wrong. Erickson has a number of close calls, but eventually escapes to Sweden in a harrowing sea voyage.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Counterfeit_Traitor



    55] MARATHON MAN

    Marathon Man (1976)

    A 1976 thriller film based on the novel of the same name by William Goldman. The film was directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Dustin Hoffman as the protagonist, Thomas "Babe" Levy, Roy Scheider as his brother, an undercover agent, and Laurence Olivier as Nazi dentist and war criminal, Dr. Christian Szell. The original music score was composed by Michael Small.
    A financial and critical success, Olivier's performance in Marathon Man was particularly praised: he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and he won a Golden Globe in the same category.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marathon_Man_(film)



    56] SNEAKERS

    Sneakers (1992)

    Martin Brice (Robert Redford), a hacker, has kept to his assumed name of Martin Bishop after accidentally avoiding capture and imprisonment for his activities in 1969, a fate that had fallen on his friend Cosmo (Ben Kingsley). In the present, Martin runs a tiger team of "security specialists" that use unorthodox methods of testing physical and electronic security for companies in San Francisco. The team includes Donald Crease (Sidney Poitier), a former CIA agent and a high-strung family man; "Mother" (Dan Aykroyd), a conspiracy theorist with unsurpassed technical skills and dexterity; Carl Arbogast (River Phoenix), a young genius; and Erwin 'Whistler' Emory (David Strathairn), a blind man with superb hearing. One day, Martin is approached by two National Security Agency agents, Dick Gordon and Buddy Wallace (Timothy Busfield, Eddie Jones), who reveal they are aware of Martin's former life. In exchange for not incarcerating Martin, they ask Martin to recover a "black box" decoder device that mathematician Gunter Janek (Donal Logue) has been developing for the Russian government under the guise of a company called "Setec Astronomy". Martin's team, along with the help of his former girlfriend, Liz (Mary McDonnell), is successful in retrieving the box, appearing as an answering machine.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sneakers_(film)



    57] THE FOURTH PROTOCOL

    The Fourth Protocol (1987)

    On New Year's Eve 1986, professional thief Jim Rawlings breaks into the apartment of a senior civil servant in the United Kingdom. Out to steal some valuable diamonds, he also, unintentionally, discovers stolen top secret documents. Although one of the most notorious crooks in London, Rawlings is enough of a patriot to send the documents, anonymously, to MI5 so that they might find the traitor.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fourth_Protocol



    58] DUPLICITY

    Duplicity (2009)

    The movie opens five years earlier than the present, showing the Fourth of July celebration at the American consulate in Dubai, where Ray Koval (Clive Owen), an MI6 agent, appears to seduce Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts), unknowingly to him a CIA agent. Claire manages to drug Ray and steals classified documents from him.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Duplicity_(film)



    59] NINOTCHKA

    Ninotchka (1939)

    Three Russians, Iranoff (Sig Ruman), Buljanoff (Felix Bressart) and Kopalski (Alexander Granach), are in Paris to sell jewelry confiscated from the aristocracy during the Russian Revolution of 1917. Upon arrival, they meet Count Leon d'Algout (Melvyn Douglas), on a mission from the Russian Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire) who wants to retrieve her jewelry before it is sold. He corrupts them and talks them into staying in Paris. The Soviet Union then sends Nina Yakushova ('Ninotchka' Ivanoff) (Greta Garbo), a special envoy whose goal is to go through with the jewelry sale and bring back the three men. Rigid and stern at first, she slowly becomes seduced by the West and the Count, who falls in love with her.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninotchka



    60] 5 FINGERS

    5 Fingers (2006)

    Martijn (Phillipe), a gifted Dutch jazz pianist, flies to Morocco to set up a food assistance program. When he arrives, however, he and his travel guide, Gavin (Meaney) are quickly kidnapped by terrorists, taken to an undisclosed location, bound and blindfolded. The captors swiftly kill Gavin and then begin methodical attempts to extract information from Martijn about where he obtained the money to set up the program by cutting off his fingers one at a time. Martijn insists that he has no idea where the money came from, though in time it becomes clear that all is not what it seems. As the torture continues, Ahmat (Fishburne) tries his hardest to get answers from Martijn. The movie has a dramatic ending wherein Martijn turns out to be a terrorist and Fishburne turns out to be an agent of the CIA. The entire mission was to identify a mole in the CIA and Martijn turns out to be the mole.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Fingers_(2006_film)



    61] OUR MAN FLINT

    Our Man Flint (1966)

    Super-cool spy Derek Flint (James Coburn), ex-agent of Z.O.W.I.E., is lured out of retirement to deal with the threat of Galaxy (a parody of SPECTRE), a world-wide organization led by a trio of Utopian mad scientists: Doctor Krupov (Rhys Williams), Doctor Wu (Peter Brocco), and Doctor Schneider (Benson Fong). Despairing of the world's governments ever getting their acts together, they demand that the governments all capitulate to Galaxy. To enforce their demands, they initiate earthquakes, volcanoes, storms, and other natural disasters with their climate-control apparatus.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Man_Flint



    62] ENIGMA

    Enigma (2001)

    The story takes place in March 1943 with the Second World War at its height and is loosely based on actual events. The cryptanalysts at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, England, have a problem: the Nazi U-boats have increased the security of key-changing of their Enigma machine ciphers, leading to a blackout in the flow of naval vital signals intelligence. This could spell disaster in the critical Battle of the Atlantic, on whose outcome Britain's survival depends. The British cryptanalysts have cracked the "shark" cipher once before, and they need to do it again in order to keep track of U-boat locations and steer shipping convoys out of their way.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_(2001_film)



    63] THE KREMLIN LETTER

    The Kremlin Letter (1970)

    In September 1969 high ranking intelligence operative Sweet Alice (Micheál MacLiammóir) meets with a man named Polyakov at a Paris art museum. After telling him he has seven days to recover the Kremlin Letter, Sweet Alice leaves Polyakov a cloakroom ticket for a suitcase which carries $1,000,000. A few days later, Polyakov commits suicide in a Soviet prison outside Moscow. His mother, sister and wife have also been arrested. Upon seeing the body a colonel named Kosnov coldly orders that Polyakov's mother and sister be killed, but spares his attractive young wife.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kremlin_Letter



    64] OPERATION CROSSBOW

    Operation Crossbow (1965)

    The film alternates between German developments of the V-1 and V-2 missiles with a German cast speaking their own language and British Intelligence discovery of the weapon. Having problems with the V-1, the Germans make a manned version to find out the flight problems of the missile but all the test pilots are killed flying it. The Germans use a lighter aviatrix, Hanna Reitsch (Barbara Rütting), who successfully flies and lands the V-1 providing valuable information used to mass produce the weapon.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Crossbow_(film)



    65] THE LADY VANISHES

    The Lady Vanishes (1938)

    In Bandrika, a fictional country in an "uncivilised" region of immediately pre-World War II Central Europe,[6] a motley group of travellers eager to return to England is delayed by an avalanche that has blocked the railway tracks. Among the train's passengers are Gilbert (Michael Redgrave), a young musicologist who has been studying the folk songs of the region, Iris (Margaret Lockwood), a young woman of independent means who has spent a holiday with some friends, but is now returning home to get married, and Miss Froy (May Whitty), an elderly lady who has worked some years abroad as a governess.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lad...hes_(1938_film)



    66] THE CONFESSION

    The Confession (1970)

    The film is about Anton Ludvik, alias Gerard, vice-minister of Foreign Affairs of Czechoslovakia. He realizes he is being watched and followed. One day, he is arrested and put into jail by an organisation that declares itself "above the ruling party" and put in solitary confinement for months without being told the reason why. Through brainwashing techniques, including sleep deprivation, being forced to walk back and forth all the time, and drugs, he is slowly pressured into confessing imaginary crimes and treason and to repeat this confession in a public court. Years later, he meets his now demoted tormentor, who tries to downplay his role at that time.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Confession_(1970_film)



    67] THE EIGER SANCTION

    The Eiger Sanction (1975)

    Dr. Jonathan Hemlock, professor of art and expert mountaineer, is a long retired government assassin called upon to return to work for two more "sanctions," a euphemism for assassinations. He has used the considerable fortune he made from previous sanctions to amass a small but impressive art collection, primarily made up of stolen pieces smuggled into the U.S. from Europe.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Eiger_Sanction_(film)



    68] CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR

    Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

    A friend and romantic interest, Joanne Herring, encourages Charlie to do more to help the Afghans, and persuades Charlie to visit the Pakistani leadership. The Pakistanis complain about the inadequate support of the U.S. to oppose the Soviets, and they insist that Charlie visit a major Pakistan-based Afghan refugee camp. Deeply moved by their misery and determination to fight, Charlie is frustrated by the regional CIA personnel's insistence on a low key approach against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Charlie returns home to lead an effort to substantially increase funding to the mujahideen.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Wilson's_War



    69] OSS

    O.S.S. (1946)

    O.S.S. is a 1946 war film starring Alan Ladd and Geraldine Fitzgerald as American spies dropped behind German lines in World War II.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O.S.S._(film)



    70] BODY OF LIES

    Body of Lies (2008)

    Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) is a CIA paramilitary operations officer from their famed Special Activities Division. He is in Iraq tracking down a terrorist called Al-Saleem. While following a lead, Ferris's asset (with whom he has become good friends) is killed during a car chase involving terrorists, rocket-propelled grenades and two missile-firing U.S. helicopters. Ferris recovers from his injuries at a U.S. facility in Qatar before he is sent to Jordan to run down some intelligence he recovered in Iraq. Meanwhile, unknown terrorists plan to follow up an offscreen series of bus bombings in Sheffield, with more attacks in Manchester but blow themselves up when the police find their cell.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_of_Lies_(film)



    71] BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN

    The Billion Dollar Brain (1967)

    Harry Palmer (Michael Caine), who has left MI-5 to work as a private investigator, is told by a mechanical voice on the phone to take a package to Helsinki. He does not know that he is about to encounter his old acquaintance Leo Newbiggin (Karl Malden) – nor that the package contains virus-filled eggs that have been stolen from the British government's research facility at Porton Down. Later, he is coerced into working once more for the British secret service. He must become a member of the 'Crusade for Freedom' organisation – an ultra-right-wing group led by maniacal oil-billionaire 'General' Midwinter – and thwart its planned attempt at liberating Latvia from Soviet domination, which would cause a worldwide conflict; he must also recover the stolen virus for the British.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billion_Dollar_Brain



    72] HANGMEN ALSO DIE

    Hangmen Also Die! (1943)

    During the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia, surgeon Dr. Franticek Svoboda (Brian Donlevy), a Czech patriot, assassinates the brutal "Hangman of Europe", Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski), and is wounded in the process. In his attempt to escape, he is helped by history professor Stephen Novotny (Walter Brennan), who is himself under suspicion by the Nazis, and his daughter Mascha (Anna Lee). As retaliation for the assassination, fifth-columnist Emil Czaka (Gene Lockhart), a brewer, helps to arrange for 400 citizens of Prague, including Professor Novotny, to be executed if the assassin is not named. Through a complex series of events, the resistance manages to frame Czaka himself for the murder, but not before the Nazis have executed many of the hostages.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hangmen_Also_Die!



    73] CASINO ROYALE

    Casino Royale (2006)

    In Prague, James Bond earns his 00 status when he corners and kills corrupt MI6 section chief Dryden and his underground contact Fisher. In Uganda, Mr. White, a senior official in a shadowy organization, arranges a meeting between a terrorist tied banker, Le Chiffre, and Obanno, the leader of a guerrilla group seeking a safe haven for his funds. Le Chiffre assures the leader that there is "no risk in the portfolio," but his investments actually involve considerable risk: he short sells successful companies and then profits by engineering terrorist attacks to sink their stock values.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casino_Royale_(2006_film)



    74] AN ENGLISHMAN ABROAD

    An Englishman Abroad (1983)

    The characterisation of Burgess by Alan Bates has been held in high acclaim. This is the story of a very English Englishman trying to ignore his homesickness for the country he has betrayed while also trying to cope with post-Stalinist Russian life and convince himself that it was all worthwhile.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_Englishman_Abroad



    75] EUROPA

    Europa (1991)

    Europa is Lars von Trier's third theatrical feature film, released in 1991. It was released as Zentropa in North America in order to avoid confusion with the film Europa Europa (1990). Co-written by von Trier and Niels Vřrsel, it tells the story of a young, idealistic American who hopes to "show some kindness" to the German people soon after the end of World War II. In US-occupied Germany, he takes on work as a sleeping car conductor for the Zentropa railway network, falls in love with a femme fatale, and becomes embroiled in a pro-Nazi terrorist conspiracy.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europa_(film)75


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    ACROSS THE PACIFIC
    2.56%
    10
    THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY
    7.18%
    28
    HOPSCOTCH
    1.79%
    7
    THE COUNTERFEIT TRAITOR
    2.56%
    10
    MARATHON MAN
    9.23%
    36
    SNEAKERS
    3.59%
    14
    THE FOURTH PROTOCOL
    6.15%
    24
    DUPLICITY
    1.28%
    5
    NINOTCHKA
    2.31%
    9
    5 FINGERS
    1.03%
    4
    OUR MAN FLINT
    4.62%
    18
    ENIGMA
    6.92%
    27
    THE KREMLIN LETTER
    1.79%
    7
    OPERATION CROSSBOW
    4.10%
    16
    THE LADY VANISHES
    2.05%
    8
    THE CONFESSION
    0.51%
    2
    THE EIGER SANCTION
    8.72%
    34
    CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR
    7.69%
    30
    O.S.S.
    3.33%
    13
    BODY OF LIES
    3.85%
    15
    THE BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN
    3.33%
    13
    HANGMEN ALSO DIED!
    0.77%
    3
    CASINO ROYALE
    10.77%
    42
    AN ENGLISHMAN ABROAD
    2.56%
    10
    EUROPA
    1.28%
    5
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    Marathon Man is one of my all-time favorite movies. It won't win, I know, but the teeth-pulling/drilling scene is one of the scariest scenes ever filmed.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by R. Evans View Post
      Marathon Man is one of my all-time favorite movies. It won't win, I know, but the teeth-pulling/drilling scene is one of the scariest scenes ever filmed.
      I agree. Olivier (spelled right?) was great in this movie.

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      • #4
        Oh my! What a surprise, for me anyhow. Casino Royale is in the lead......
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Salinator View Post
          Oh my! What a surprise, for me anyhow. Casino Royale is in the lead......
          Eiger Sanction just tied it up...
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          • #6
            I hope that Charlie Wilson's War makes it for no other reason than it actually happened.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Torien View Post
              Eiger Sanction just tied it up...
              Casino Royale back in the lead!
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Salinator View Post
                Casino Royale back in the lead!


                That's what I think of that...

                Although, to be fair, I see 14 of my friends have voted for it.
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                • #9
                  Marathon Man is doing far better than expected.
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                  • #10
                    Marathon Man was one of the few movies that ever made me squirm in me seat. The scene where Dustin Hoffman gets his teeth drilled ...!!! OW! OW! OW! OW!OW!
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                    • #11
                      I liked Enigma, although the ending was disappointing.
                      I found the waiting at Bletchley Park for the U-boats to start transmitting that they had found the convoy full of suspense.
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                      • #12
                        I voted for the ones I watched and enjoyed .
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                        • #13
                          I too liked Enigma however the book is much finer than the movie. The Eiger Sanction was great and so was Charlie Wilson's War. I just watched it the other day. It had some dry humor in it too.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lance Williams View Post
                            I hope that Charlie Wilson's War makes it for no other reason than it actually happened.
                            I agree - and they did it justice and made a good movie that just about anyone can sit down and watch!
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                            • #15
                              So far, entertainment value seems to trump historical accuracy or relevance.

                              Probably why Hollywoody doesn't bother with facts very much. It's easier to make stuff up.
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