Dec 18

Film review – Triple Cross (1966)

Film review – Triple Cross (1966)

Triple Cross

Rating: 6/10

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Romy Schneider, Trevor Howard, Gert Fröbe, Claudine Auger, Yul Brynner, Harry Meyen

Directed by: Terence Young

Review: Film review – Triple Cross (1966) – Eddie Chapman played by Christopher Plummer is a pre war safe cracker. He has to leave England as the police are on his trail and goes to Jersey. Whilst there he is arrested and thrown in jail where he stays until the Germans invade. He then persuades the Germans that he is willing to spy for them. They train him and send him to back to England on a spying mission. As soon as he lands though he hands himself over to the British and agrees to spy for them.

This 60’s telling of the story gives a general impression of the real story though somewhat tarnished by the rather comical style employed by some war time film makers in those days. Admittedly his life does in some ways match the style but in reality there would surely have been a less saccharin feel to it. Despite this criticism this was one of those films that fired me up in my childhood. I never got around to being an international bank robber, can’t think why!

The true story of Eddie Chapmans life is so remarkable it’s hard to believe. There are some people who live charmed lives and Chapman was most certainly one of them. I would love to see a modern remake of this story. I don’t think this is the definitive version.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_Cross_%281966_film%29

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0061647/

Amazon: Buy it

No trailer but here’s a clip: