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Plot: While on vacation in Barbados to recover from the lingering effects of a love affair that ended badly, Judith Farrow meets Feodor Sverdlov, a handsome Russian. They find pleasure in each other's company as they visit colorful places on the island, but there are complications to their budding… Runtime: 125 min Release Date: 22 Jul 1974
A wonderful romantic spy film that should be re-released! (by LeaBowie)
I saw this movie while I lived in Spain in 1974. It was subtitled or maybe dubbed, I don't remember but since I speak Spanish, it didn't matter. I loved the movie. At the time, Spain was still under Franco's rule he died in '75 and foreign as well as domestic films were heavily censored. But this movie wasn't or didn't seem to be and I never forgot it. I have an extensive video collection and have searched for this movie far and wide and am happy to see that I finally found a private seller through Amazon.com today. I will treasure it and can't wait to see it <more>
again after 27 years! Besides, Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif were romantic and wonderful. A great "old" movie.
One of my favourite Omar films.... then again, they are all my favourites, I'm very biased ...I wouldn't see the film for years as I couldn't imagine my Omar with Mary Poppins...a friend one day brought around the video and said 'watch it!'...I loved it...their convincing onscreen connection soon made me forget the Mary Poppins/Maria image and although still playing the squeaky clean innocent as only Julie can , there was a lovely chemistry. I won't go into the plot as it's well described in many of the other reviews. My only criticism is the wardrobe...I know the <more>
seventies were bad but that white gown with the heavy necklace was hideous as were the prim and proper crisp polyester clothes they put Andrews in back in London....she's gorgeous and they could have done a lot more with her outfits...they could have lost Omar's peach shirt as well but then again he tends to make anything look good! ...maybe the seventies were that bad...but I loved them and you should love this film.
Sophisticated and beautiful Cold War romantic thriller (by roghache)
It's been years since I saw this film so have forgotten many of the plot details, but this beautiful romance has lingered in my mind for three decades. It's a movie with everything...intriguing suspense thriller plot, beautiful exotic Caribbean setting, and especially of course the compelling love story of two sympathetic characters from opposite sides of the Cold War.The tale begins with a British Home Office assistant, Judith Farrow, who has gone to Barbados to recover from a failed love affair. During her tropical holiday, she meets Feodore Sverdlov, a handsome Soviet air attaché <more>
in Paris. They visit the colorful island sights together and fall in love. This paradise romance is, however, complicated by their respective positions with governments on opposite sides of the Cold War. Thus, these two individuals of integrity are forced into deception alleged spy recruiting in order to disguise their relationship. Perhaps Sverdlov will even be inspired toward defection? Above all, their ill advised love can only spell danger.For me, this movie is made memorable by its two stars, Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif. This is my absolute favorite Julie Andrews film. She is at her most radiant here portraying Judith, a beautiful, intelligent, lonely, vulnerable, yet quietly strong woman. She is quite magnificent in her role even without the usual musical aspects. Omar Sharif plays surely Russia's most magnetic, handsome, and compelling diplomat. His dark brown eyes alone would thaw the Cold War! It is absolutely believable that these two principled, intelligent individuals would fall in love. They are perfect on screen together, mature yet captivating.The film reflects its era, with the dominance of Cold War issues the subject for most plots involving international intrigue. Here, however, the Russian star is refreshingly not the enemy or the villain of the piece, but rather instead its romantic, noble, and conflicted hero. The pair reveal their own moral views, sometimes contrary to their country's official positions. Julie Andrews appeared earlier in Torn Curtain, the 1966 Hitchcock Cold War thriller which also starred Paul Newman, but I much preferred this movie since it focuses more on character portrayal and romance.No, not a James Bond action adventure or a spy thriller really, more rather an exotic and dangerous romance with some intricate, suspenseful plot details. A high recommendation for this wonderful old fashioned movie...a perfectly cast, touching & intelligent jewel, and a film which unfortunately appears to be little known these days.
This movie is not highlighted in any discussion of the careers of either Julie Andrews or Omar Sharif, but it's a jewel. It has romance the subtleness of which is very effective without constant bedroom scenes , intrigue, espionage, exotic locations, a multi-layered plot and plenty of suspense. You do have to pay close attention to keep up with the rather complicated story, but it pays off. The '70's clothing and hair styles are amusing, and the Russians are no longer the "bad guys," but those facts don't detract from the great storyline. Andrews and Sharif make a <more>
very attractive couple, and play their parts perfectly. In fact, everyone turns in a fine performance in this, one of my favorite movies.
Under-rated, but excellent romantic thriller (by melissa_kf)
Saw this film only recently, and was surprised by its complexity. Was enthralled. Julie Andrews plays a very upright British type involved in situations that are inevitably comprimising. It is a pleasure to watch this very romantic thriller.
Romance revisited (by jacqueestorozynski)
I really liked this movie when it first came out and now having decided to watch it again all these years later I was ready to be disappointed. However, although it is definitely a film of its time with the cold war and reds in the bed the relationship between the two leads, Julie Andrews and Omar Shariff was totally believable. I suppose by today's standards Omar is a bit too much of a charmer but it works. Another surprise was to see Sylvia Sims as she used to be and not how she is now playing bag lady parts or the queen mum. It was also nice to see Bryan Marshall again who was once a <more>
stalwart of TV and film and seems to have disappeared back to Australia. There is a charm about the film probably because there is a chemistry between Julie and Omar. It is strange when you see the leading lady trotting around in blouses and smart pressed trousers looking very much the secretary. Especially as it was around the same time as the Bond movies and the women are usually half dressed although Julie does sit reading a book in a bikini. Definitely worth watching again.