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47 Ratings

The Spook Who Sat by the Door

Directed by Ivan Dixon
United States, 1973
Action, Crime, Drama


After spending several years in Washington as the CIA’s token black agent, Dan Freeman quietly returns to Chicago to launch a potent political revolution made up of leftist radicals and black nationalists. The goal of his well-trained guerilla army?

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The Spook Who Sat by the Door Directed by Ivan Dixon

Critics reviews

Dixon shoots parallel scenes and dialogue of Freeman training his men as he was trained at The Farm, a still-relevant example of American forces opportunistically training people who just as opportunistically will turn on them some day.
September 28, 2018
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Sadly, all this fascinating and risky material is hamstrung by an obvious lack of money and experience, making it a far less attractive or competent film than Dixon’s previous effort, except that the intensity and scale of ambition more than compensates.
September 06, 2018
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The movie is a distinctive and accomplished work of art, no mere artifact of the times but an enduring experience. . . . Dixon begins with a tone bordering on sketch-like satire that soon crystallizes into a sharp edge of restrained precision.
July 20, 2018
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