Leipzig, East Germany. A flashpoint of spies and counterspies, moves and countermoves in a Cold War that could turn hot – nuclear hot – in seconds. In that perilous city, the CIA asks American physicist James Bower (Montgomery Clift) to meet with a Russian scientist who’s eager to share vital information with the West. Simple enough, until Bower finds himself sequestered in a hotel room, subjected to harrowing mind games as a “guest” of Communist agents who want to turn him into The Defector. He resists – and plunges into a netherworld of secret microfilm, covert ops, lies and sudden death. In his last film, Clift brings gravitas to an espionage thriller where paranoia is business as usual and murder is a political tool.

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The Defector (1966)

DVD
Unrated

Drama · 1h 39m · 6/22/2009

    

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Leipzig, East Germany. A flashpoint of spies and counterspies, moves and countermoves in a Cold War that could turn hot – nuclear hot – in seconds. In that perilous city, the CIA asks American physicist James Bower (Montgomery Clift) to meet with a Russian scientist who’s eager to share vital information with the West. Simple enough, until Bower finds himself sequestered in a hotel room, subjected to harrowing mind games as a “guest” of Communist agents who want to turn him into The Defector. He resists – and plunges into a netherworld of secret microfilm, covert ops, lies and sudden death. In his last film, Clift brings gravitas to an espionage thriller where paranoia is business as usual and murder is a political tool.

Release Country

United States

Barcode

883316126608

Release Date

6/22/2009

Media Type

Movie

Audio

  English     

Digital Copy

Not Included

Studio

Warner Bros

Subtitles

English

Video Format

NTSC

Aspect Ratio

1.85:1

Cover Type

Keep Case (Std.)

Discs

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Cast
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Montgomery Clift

Prof. James Bower
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Hardy Krüger

Counselor Peter Heinzmann
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Roddy McDowall

Agent Adam
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Macha Méril

Frieda Hoffmann
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David Opatoshu

Orlovsky
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Christine Delaroche

Ingrid
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Hannes Messemer

Dr. Saltzer
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Karl Lieffen

The Major
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Uta Levka

Mädchen unter der Dusche
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Johannes Buzalski

Agent (uncredited)
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Jean-Luc Godard

Orlovsky's friend (uncredited)
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Eduard Linkers

Fluchthelfer (uncredited)
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Rolf Zacher

Tommy (uncredited)
Crew
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Raoul Lévy

Director
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