Billion Dollar Brain

Billion Dollar Brain

DVD - 2014
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Secret agent Harry Palmer is blackmailed into working for MI5 again on his wildest and most dangerous assignment yet. An insane oil billionaire, intent on destroying Communism by starting a new world war, is close to achieving his goal with the help of the world's largest and most powerful computer. Harry is the only man who may be able to stop him, but as he races from London to Finland to Latvia to Texas and back, he must determine who of his supposed allies is the one he can trust.
Publisher: [United States] : Kino Lorber Corp., [2014]
ISBN: 9786315658310
Branch Call Number: DVD BILLION 1DISC
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
video file,DVD video,Region 1


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Feb 16, 2016

General's love:
I'm leading a crusade, son. A world crusade for freedom. Why? Because I love. It's as simple as that. I love my country. Do you understand me?
Palmer: Yes.
No, you don't understand the kind of love I have for this great country. Love's not built that way, my way, any more. These days love is marriage and the compensation is alimony. Love these days is bravery under fire and the compensation is medals. Love's a donation to party funds and the compensation is a political plum. It's some lady you left back in St Louis or a fast haul in the back seat of a car. My love is nothing like that. It's this company of brave young men who are proud to make their country strong. I want my country to win. So we have to strike hard and strike first. I love my country and my dream is to make it strong. Do you understand?

Feb 15, 2016

General: My Brain. Cost me one billion dollars. Do you like it?
Palmer: I'm impressed.
General: You know what's in here? Enough information to programme Soviet communism right off this earth.
Palmer: What about China?
General: Red China? After I take care of Russia, China will collapse, crumble.

Feb 15, 2016

Palmer: Who are you fighting, General?
General: You don't know what's going on in the world. There's only one important issue today: Communism. That's the threat. That's what's important. You Europeans don't know anything about it. You've all been brainwashed,just like those politicians in Washington. Do you know that the air on the east coast of America is polluted by the Reds? Oh, you might look at me, but boy I tell you and I know that the air in Texas is the only wholesome air in this world. I haven't been out of Texas in 25 years. I don't like the air in other places. It's amazing how we all survive. Communism threatens Europe and Europe has got to fight back. Close ranks. Hit them hard. Real hard. Understand me, boy?
Palmer: Sounds dangerous.
General: It is dangerous. Between 1945 and 1950 the Reds expanded at a rate of 60 square miles per hour. Retreat brings the war closer, because finally we're gonna hit communism.

Feb 15, 2016

Stok: They think the Latvians are on the verge of overthrowing their tyrannical overlords. They think the people on the street are dreaming of the moment they can become capitalist serfs again. They think we all lie awake dreaming of going to America. They think they can distribute pamphlets and gold and a vast monarchist army will materialise overnight. This is what I call fantastic dreams. Understand?
When I was a young man, we had a song called "Where Tears Fall A Rose Will Grow". Do you know that song?... If that was true, Latvia would be a land full of roses.

Feb 15, 2016

Stok: I suppose a young man like you wouldn't understand the pleasure of removing a tight collar.
Palmer: I thought Lenin called such comforts "momentary interest".
Stok: Don't tell me what Lenin said. I touched Lenin. I stood beside him in Dvortsovaya Square in July, 1920. The second congress. I touched him. Those are the words he used
to describe the comforts and pleasures with which the Proletariat are diverted from the more important, historic mission. But they're not being diverted. Well, aren't you going to offer me another drink?
Palmer: In England, Colonel, the historic mission of the Proletariat consists almost entirely
of momentary interest.

Feb 15, 2016

Ross: Why don't you stop pretending to be a detective and get a decent job?
Palmer: What's the matter, Colonel, your mortality rate gone up?
Ross: Mr Harry Palmer?
Palmer: Yeah. I'm not keeping you, am I Colonel?
Ross: Your business is dead, Palmer. You're just about keeping alive on corn flakes. Palmer: They're full of vitamins.
Ross: Really? I could draft you back any time, but I'm asking. You should be bloody grateful.
Palmer: I'll be bloody grateful if you'd leave, Colonel.
Ross: This is work of national importance.
Palmer: If you want me back in that office, you'll have to send two very big men with a blackjack.
Leo: That guy saved my life. Fished me out of the Moldau.
Palmer: I had to. He had the car keys.
Palmer: What are you doing here?
Stok: It's my business to be here. For my sins they've made me chief of security over the frozen Baltic. What a life. What a life. Na vashe zdorovye!


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Nov 13, 2018

Well - I'll tell you 2 things for certain about this 1967, British, "Secret Agent" picture - (1) actor, Michael Caine was definitely no Sean Connery. - And - (2) Caine's character, Harry Palmer, was clearly no James Bond, either. No way, Jose.

IMO - If "Billion Dollar Brain" had been billed as a "secret agent" spoof, then, yes, its perplexing and absurd story would've have been a helluva lot easier to swallow than it was. Indeed.

But, because this picture's totally dead-serious "anti-Communist" story was delivered with such a somber-looking face - It certainly left this viewer quite dissatisfied at the very end of it all.

Jan 04, 2017

It appears that the previous 2 books and DVDs are not available.

Dec 28, 2016

Largely overshadowed by a far better known espionage series in the 1960s, the Harry Palmer trilogy, based on books by Len Deighton, offers up more of an anti-Bond: near-sighted, efficient but unheroic, blandly dressed. Michael Caine played him in the three films and for fans of spy films, they are a nice contrast to the more oversized Bond films. This third entry is maybe the wackiest and was directed by British madman Ken Russell ("Tommy," "Women in Love"). The brain is a computer. Co-starring Karl Malden and Francoise Dorleac, who is the sister of Catherine Deneuve.

Feb 15, 2016

DVD version of the 1967 film when communism and cold war were on the agenda of the UK and USA governments. Book adaptation of novel featuring a rebellious British Intelligence officer Harry Palmer (The Ipcress File and Funeral in Berlin) in a complicated and dangerous mission that had Palmer traipsing all over Helsinki, Latvia and Texas to stop an insane plan worked out by the Billion Dollar Brain - a Honeywell computer - which was funded by a zealous oil tycoon. (No caption or subtleties.)


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