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  • 100 Greatest Spy Movies - Qualification Bracket - B

    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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    26: FUNERAL IN BERLIN
    A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060437/

    27: SECRET AGENT (1936)
    After three British agents are assigned to assassinate a mysterious German spy during World War I, two of them become ambivalent when their duty to the mission conflicts with their consciences.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0028231/

    28: BLACK BOOK (Zwartboek)
    In the Nazi-occupied Netherlands during World War II, a Jewish singer infiltrates the regional Gestapo headquarters for the Dutch resistance.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0389557/

    29: MINISTRY OF FEAR (LANG)
    Stephen Neale is released into WWII England after two years in an asylum, but it doesn't seem so sane outside either. On his way back to London to rejoin civilization, he stumbles across a murderous spy ring and doesn't quite know who to turn to.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037075/

    30: THE COMPANY (TV, CIA)
    A mini-series that traces CIA activities over a 40-year period, from the beginning of the Cold War through the demise of the Soviet Union.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0488352/

    31: SPIES (Spione 1928)(LANG, SILENT)
    The mastermind behind a ubiquitous spy operation learns of a dangerous romance between a Russian lady in his employ and a dashing agent from the government's secret service.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0019415/

    32: THE QUIET AMERICAN (2002)
    An older British reporter vies against a young American for the affections of a Vietnamese beauty.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0258068/

    33: THE LOOKING GLASS WAR
    From the John le Carre novel about a British spy who sends a Polish defector to East Germany to verify missile sites.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066001/

    34: ARMY OF SHADOWS (MELVILLE)
    France, 1942, during the occupation. Philippe Gerbier, a civil engineer, is one of the French Resistance's chiefs...
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0064040/

    35: SYRIANA
    A politically-charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365737/

    36: LE PROFESSIONEL (LAUTNER, 1981)
    French secret agent Joss Baumont is sent to one of the African countries to kill their president Njala...
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082949/

    37: THE DEADLY AFFAIR
    A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee's suicide.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061556/

    38: LUST, CAUTION
    An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808357/

    39: FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
    James Bond willingly falls into an assassination ploy involving a naive Russian beauty in order to retrieve a Soviet encryption device that was stolen by SPECTRE.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057076/

    40: EYE OF THE NEEDLE
    A ruthless German spy, trying to get out of Britain with vital information about D-Day, must spend time with a young woman and her crippled husband.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082351/

    41: SABOTEUR
    Aircraft factory worker Barry Kane goes on the run across the United States when he is wrongly accused of starting a fire that killed his best friend.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0035279/

    42: THE RUSSIA HOUSE
    An expatriate British publisher unexpectedly finds himself working for British intelligence to investigate people in Russia.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100530/

    43: THE ODESSA FILE
    After reading the diary of an elderly Jewish man who committed suicide, freelance journalist Peter Miller...
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071935/

    44: LA GUERRE EST FINIE (RESNAIS/SPAIN)
    Diego is one of the chief of the spanish Communist Party. He is travelling back to Paris (where he lives) from a mission in Madrid...
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060481/

    45: THE PARALLAX VIEW
    An ambitious reporter gets in way-over-his-head trouble while investigating a senator's assassination which leads to a vast conspiracy involving a multinational corporation behind every event in the worlds headlines.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071970/

    46: CASABLANCA
    Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034583/

    47: WATCH ON THE RHINE
    Sara and Kurt Muller and their three children are returning to her mother's home in Washington DC after 18 years in Europe...
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0036515/

    48: TORN CURTAIN
    An American scientist publicly defects to East Germany as part of a cloak and dagger mission to find the solution for a formula resin and then figuring out a plan to escape back to the West.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061107/

    49: THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET
    Bill Dietrich becomes a double agent for the FBI in a Nazi spy ring.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0037795/

    50: MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
    An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117060/
    391
    FUNERAL IN BERLIN
    6.14%
    24
    SECRET AGENT (1936)
    2.56%
    10
    BLACK BOOK
    2.05%
    8
    MINISTRY OF FEAR (LANG)
    3.32%
    13
    THE COMPANY (TV, CIA)
    2.30%
    9
    SPIES (LANG, SILENT)
    1.02%
    4
    THE QUIET AMERICAN (2002)
    5.12%
    20
    THE LOOKING GLASS WAR
    3.07%
    12
    ARMY OF SHADOWS (MELVILLE)
    2.30%
    9
    SYRIANA
    3.58%
    14
    LE PROFESSIONEL (LAUTNER, 1981)
    1.28%
    5
    THE DEADLY AFFAIR
    0.77%
    3
    LUST, CAUTION
    1.53%
    6
    FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
    10.49%
    41
    EYE OF THE NEEDLE
    5.88%
    23
    SABOTEUR
    2.81%
    11
    THE RUSSIA HOUSE
    5.63%
    22
    THE ODESSA FILE
    10.74%
    42
    LA GUERRE EST FINIE (RESNAIS/SPAIN)
    0.26%
    1
    THE PARALLAX VIEW
    3.07%
    12
    CASABLANCA
    11.51%
    45
    WATCH ON THE RHINE
    3.58%
    14
    TORN CURTAIN
    3.07%
    12
    THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET
    1.02%
    4
    MISSION IMPOSSIBLE
    6.91%
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    Last edited by Biscuit; 01 Dec 09, 14:50.
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  • #2
    Boy, this one was pretty tough. I hadn't seen alot of these.

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    • #3
      Voting is already hot and heavy. But where are the comments?
      History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
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      BoRG
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      • #4
        The best movie of all time, of any genre, Casablanca !
        Lance W.

        Peace through superior firepower.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Torien View Post
          Voting is already hot and heavy. But where are the comments?
          Glad to remedy that
          Good to notice that 'Syriana' was included. I consider this a thinking man's spy movie, quite realistic in its cynicism who dies and why.
          Another of its many plusses was that I found the way Pakistani workers in the Gulf were recruited into becoming suicide bombers very believable
          Great new 'Attack' BTW
          BoRG

          You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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          • #6
            The commentary begins usually when the actual campaign begins...

            The campaign ribbon requirements are only incumbent upon the actual campaign rounds.

            Methinx most folks tend to keep their powder dry for the actal battles.

            On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

            ACG History Today

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            • #7
              I need to give a huge push to "The Quiet American". Frazier and Caine are great in that movie and it is pretty faithful to the book.

              Graham Greene may have not liked America much, but he did write good books.
              "Nations are never content to confine their rivalships and enmities to themselves. It is their usual policy to disseminate them as widely, as they can, regardless how far it may interfere with the tranquility or happiness of the nations which they are able to influence." -- Alexander Hamilton

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              • #8
                Kind of taken aback that Casablanca isn't the runaway leader.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by R. Evans View Post
                  Kind of taken aback that Casablanca isn't the runaway leader.
                  Seems we have a lot of James Bond fans in our group...
                  History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by R. Evans View Post
                    Kind of taken aback that Casablanca isn't the runaway leader.
                    I'm more taken aback by the fact that a gem such as Melville's 'Army of Shadows' get so few votes from what is supposed to be a forum of aficionados
                    BoRG

                    You may not be interested in War, but War is interested in You - Leon Trotski, June 1919.

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                    • #11
                      Only voted for what I have seen. From the current polls will have to watch more.
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                      • #12
                        Casablanca is a pure classic. The Odessa File is also a favorite of mine. Loved the book too.
                        "War is hell, but actual combat is a motherf#cker"
                        - Col. David Hackworth

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                        • #13
                          I never saw Casablanca as a spy movie. Guess I will have to watch it again.

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                          • #14
                            ..the french version of "The professional" , obviously its the original, but , what a great movie, one of the few french movies i have ever sat through...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lance Williams View Post
                              The best movie of all time, of any genre, Casablanca !
                              Have I even said that I hate Mission Impossible... Not that I hate the story line or the high-tech cool-guy stuff or even the supporting cast... I just don't like Tom Cruise... He's an on/off camera dumba!
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