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  • Greatest Spy Movie Round 2: THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD vs. THE ODESSA FILE

    The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

    When a fellow British agent is killed at Checkpoint Charlie right before his eyes, Alec Lemas, head of the Berlin station, returns to London headquarters. There his boss, Control, inquires if he is tired, burnt out, ready to come in from the cold. Control suggests that there is a vacancy, a desk job, that might interest him, but Alec declines adamantly. Thus, Control immediately mentions that he has something out of the ordinary in mind for a man called Hans-Dieter Mundt, who in 1959 posted as a member of an East German steel mission.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059749/


    The Odessa File

    The plot begins on November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Peter Miller, a young German reporter, happens to see an ambulance on a highway. He chases the ambulance and discovers it is en route to pick up the body of an elderly Jewish Holocaust survivor who had committed suicide, leaving behind no family. The reporter obtains the diary of the man, which contains information on his life in the World War II camps, and the names of members of the SS who ran the camp. Miller is startled to read in it that an SS officer, Eduard Roschmann, had in anger fatally shot a fellow officer whose description and rare military decorations matched those of Miller's father, who was killed in the war. Now determined to hunt Roschmann down and get revenge, Miller dares to go undercover to join and infiltrate the ODESSA and find Roschmann.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0071935/
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    THE SPY WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD
    48.94%
    23
    THE ODESSA FILE
    51.06%
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    Last edited by Torien; 13 Jan 10, 07:29. Reason: fixed link
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  • #2
    Haven't seen it, but thoroughly enjoyed the book of The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.

    And The Odessa File for that matter, but still voting for the first on the grounds that it's a classic.

    More of a classic.

    That is, a classic I like a bit more.
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    • #3
      Burton is enough for me. Odessa is good, but Cold is better!

      BTW, fixed link in opening post.
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      • #4
        In from the cold most definitly... it's a classic for sure
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        • #5
          I like Odessa's rhythm...
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          • #6
            Odessa. Tough choice.
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            • #7
              This one was difficult but had to go with Cold.
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              • #8
                Well, it shouldn't be a surprise which I vote for. I've been pimping TSWCIFTC since the beginning.

                To me, if you ask someone to name THE definitive spy STORY (not just movie), it would be this one. True espionage successes involve getting the other guy to look in directions you want him to. They don't involve things that attract attention such as firefights in public (a la Bourne).

                How do you protect a mole? Why not send another of your agents to accuse him of being a mole? Brilliant.

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                • #9
                  Very tough choice.
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                  • #10
                    A tough choice, but Odessa.
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                    • #11
                      Odessa file... loved the WW2 connection...
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                      • #12
                        Less than 48 hours still to vote, comrades.
                        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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                        "I am Arthur, King of the Britons!"

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                        • #13
                          Round 2 is now closed. Nothing to see here. Move along...
                          History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
                          _________
                          BoRG
                          __________
                          "I am Arthur, King of the Britons!"

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                          • #14
                            Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

                            I literally have nothing to vote for in the next round. Sob.

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                            • #15
                              I guess I missed Round 2 while my father was in the hospital. Darn...
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