Jim Wormold sells vacuum cleaners in Havana. His daughter Milly, 17, spends a lot of money, so he accepts a job with the Intelligence Service. As he has nothing to report, he invents facts, pretends to recruit agents…
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Greene and Reed team up again after the glorious "The Third Man". But for all its sinister camera angles and wry dialogue, this later effort lacks the spark of that impish Mr. Welles lurking in the shadows. Without Harry Lime's counting the costs of people-as-ants, the buffoonery and cheapness of a second-rate spy's adventures meander...to a merely droll conclusion.
One of the great unheralded movies. Full of so much that is so good...from Alec Guiness's wicked performance to the mere presence of the likes of Ernie Kovacks, Burl Ives and Noel Coward!! And Maureen O'Hara is simply striking.
Tongue-in-cheek British espionage thriller is somewhat disappointing considering it's written by Graham Green and directed by Carol Reed. The convoluted plot is smart and amusing, there are strong performances from an all-star cast, and Reed makes excellent use of his widescreen frame with excellent cinematography by Oswald Morris but the film lacks an overall energy that keeps it from being the classic it should be.
Alec Guinness gives yet another great performance in this cinematic adaptation of a Graham Greene novel that provides laughs, tension, and a look at the contorted positions many people will get themselves into rather than allow themselves to be majorly embarrassed. Another classic from director Carol Reed.
An underrated Carol Reed film full of political intrigue, a comedic attitude, and a wonderfully understated performance by Guinness. Though not the perfect film as The Third Man is, this mixed bag of genres has nice nighttime cinematography & Burl Ives' existential doctor to help things out.
It's true that this isn't the most energetic of films, but perhaps this is a parallel to it being filmed on location in Havana? I find the lack of pace refreshing when films are constantly blurring through their own stories these days... The man and woman staring at each other and eating an apple at the start is a good example. Why does it take so long? We don't know, but we're glad it did. Funny too...
oh, it's a satirical comedy? Nice surprise, and mostly excellent. It's aged well. The daughter and her "boyfriend" are very weak points now though, not to mention the central character (her father)'s approach to their "romance".