A spy with a criminal past is transferred to a different department to investigate the mysterious kidnappings of some of Britain’s top scientists. Based on the 1962 novel of the same name by Len Deighton.
Acknowledged by the BFI as one of the Greatest British Films of All Time.
Intended as a contrast to the James Bond films, which were rapidly gaining popularity: The Ipcress File has a much darker, sinister and gritty underworld atmosphere. This is achieved through masterful direction and use of creative camera angles and compositions, as well as color and light.
Michael Caine plays an unforgettable role as Harry Palmer, a character reprised in the four subsequent film sequels – Funeral in Berlin (1966), Billion Dollar Brain (1967) and Harry Alan Towers’s Bullet to Beijing (1995) and Midnight in Saint Petersburg (1996).
Iconic soundtrack from the great English composer John Barry.
Nominated for the Palme D’Or at the 1965 Cannes Film Festival.
The Ipcress File Cast: Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Guy Doleman, Gordon Jackson, Sue Lloyd, Oliver MacGreevy, Frank Gatliff