In Reply to: Re: Spy Story movie posted by chas on April 04, 2004 at 14:08:11:
You're right it is very low budget, but still very good--plotwise it is very, very good. I just happened upon it at my local video store and being a Len Deighton fan I couldn't pass up the opportunity.
I didn't actually realise the main character was supposed to be Harry Palmer until I read it on the net.
I won't give much away but essentially Palmer now goes by the name of Pat Armstrong and thinks he has left the intelligence service and works at the war studies centre in London and works on Soviet vs. Us nuclear submarines. One night, after a trip in one to the arctic his car breaks down and he can't find a phone so he goes to his old flat. All his stuff is there, but the photo's of him and his girlfriend have been altered to include a different man and he realises he is a pawn in a very lethal game.
Basically, it is about two different camps, one led by a hawkish former US Marine and CIA Colonel who has taken over running the study centre and one by a British MP who both want a Soviet defector, but for very different reasons.
There is a particularly gripping sequence in Scotland where he is caught up with the latter.
Unfortunately, I'm not in the States, so I can't recommend any outlets, but I would enjoy discussing the film after you have seen it.
You really must see it. Give it a chance; you'll love it.
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