Cinema: Double Defect

The Defector is Montgomery Cliffs last film. Based on The Spy, a thriller by Paul Thomas, the picture describes a harrowing week in the life of a prominent U.S. physicist (Montgomery Clift) who intends to make an innocent tour of museums in East Germany, but is persuaded at the last minute to combine personal pleasure with CIA business. Once across the border, the scientist swiftly discovers that the game of espionage can be played with mirrors. Sent to make contact with a Communist physicist who wants to defect, the hero instead makes contact with a Communist physicist (Hardy Kruger) who wants...

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