Billion Dollar Brain

1967

Action / Comedy / Crime / Thriller

23
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 60%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 45%
IMDb Rating 0 10 0

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Director

Cast

Donald Sutherland as Scientist at Computer
Michael Caine as Harry Palmer
Susan George as Russian Girl on Train
Karl Malden as Leo Newbigen
720p.BLU
808.72 MB
1280*720
English
NR
23.976 fps
1hr 51 min
P/S 1 / 4

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 6 / 10

Michael Caine looks very handsome

Michael Caine reprises his role as Harry Palmer in Billion Dollar Brain, two years after The Ipcress File. He's drawn into a political scheme with his friend Karl Malden, but there's more to the plan that meets the eye. For one, Karl's girlfriend Francoise Dorleac is also having an affair with Michael, and she seems to have no qualms about her deception. For another, Michael finds a dead body in Karl's house. . .

Sometimes I get a little confused during complicated plots, and I'll admit that Billion Dollar Brain did lose me a couple of times. However, I didn't really mind. To be honest, I was only watching the movie for the eye candy. If you have as much of a crush on Michael Caine as I do, you should definitely check this one—this movie—out. He's incredibly handsome, so it's no wonder Francoise couldn't help herself!

DLM Warning: If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, like my mom does, this movie might not your friend. There's one scene about halfway through with Michael Caine and Francoise Dorleac, and the camera is hand-held. Also, there's a scene twenty minutes later, after Ed Begley makes an impassioned speech, and the camera swirls and tilts. In other words, "Don't Look, Mom!"

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 5 / 10

Third in the spy series is merely average

BILLION DOLLAR BRAIN is the third in the Harry Palmer trilogy of spy movies and a far drop in quality from the excellent first in the series, THE IPCRESS FILE. The film feels very much like an inferior Bond movie which is odd given that the whole reason behind the series was to be an 'anti Bond' with a greater emphasis on seriousness and realism. The story sees Palmer come out of retirement to go after a mysterious megalomaniac bent on world domination, with the story set in an icy Finland for the most part.

This was an early film in the career of director Ken Russell and his inexperience shows. Some of the staging is okay but the action feels oddly flat and lifeless and the actors struggle to make their characters interesting, Karl Malden a cast in point. Sure, the story does benefit from an entertaining and original choice of villain, but everything that happens feels clichéd and oddly muted, and the end result is merely average.

Reviewed by ferbs54 8 / 10

Dorleac's Swan Song

In the third film of my Harry Palmer weekend, 1967's "Billion Dollar Brain," which I HAD seen a few times before, Cockney thief turned secret agent Harry, played once again by Michael Caine, has left the Secret Service and is operating as a private detective. But he is pulled back in by his ex-superior, Guy Doleman, and gets involved in the biggest case of his career. It seems that a Texas oil billionaire has decided, in his anti-Commie furor, to invade Latvia with his private army and thus kick off WW3! (This wackadoodle, it seems, has taken a page from Sterling Hayden in "Dr. Strangelove.") The billionaire (maniacally well played by Ed Begley) also has the titular supercomputer to aid in his plans. Oscar Homolka returns as the lovable Colonel Stok to give Harry assistance here, and an old friend of Harry's, played by Karl Malden, pops up also, with decidedly ambiguous plans of his own. Also on hand, in her final picture before her untimely death by car crash, is Francoise Dorleac, Catherine Deneuve's older and (sez me) better-looking sister, and she surely does make for a marvelously mysterious damsel. I don't think I've ever seen Dorleac look more beautiful than she is in this final picture of hers.Ties to the Bond franchise in the final Palmer outing consist of Harry Saltzman's producing and the title credits by Maurice Binder. But what really make this film special are the truly outrageous direction by Ken Russell (his second film), a haunting theme score on piano, and gorgeous-to-look-at scenery of the Finnish countryside in winter. In all, a marvelous trilogy of films that I can recommend very highly to you all. I know that you will enjoy each and every one of them, for different reasons....

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