Triple Cross

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Spy

Plummer is a British safecracker with a long prison sentence for robbery on the Channel Islands. With 14 years yet to serve, he is left in his cell when WW II breaks out and the islands are abandoned after France falls. The Germans come to occupy, and he makes a proposition to his new captors: he will use his criminal talents to spy for them if they let...read more

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Plummer is a British safecracker with a long prison sentence for robbery on the Channel Islands. With 14 years yet to serve, he is left in his cell when WW II breaks out and the islands are abandoned after France falls. The Germans come to occupy, and he makes a proposition to his new

captors: he will use his criminal talents to spy for them if they let him out and pay a large fee. The Germans are suspicious but agree, and Plummer is soon sent to France for training by monocled Brynner, who suspects his student's motives. After he passes a loyalty test, Plummer is parachuted

into England on a mission of sabotage. He immediately goes to the British intelligence service and offers to be a double agent in return for a full pardon and more cash. The British, like the Germans, are distrustful, but eventually they accept Plummer's offer and help him to fake the sabotage of

an aircraft factory. German reconnaissance planes photograph the spurious damage, and Plummer is awarded the Iron Cross for his deeds upon returning to occupied Paris. Later the Germans send him back to England, this time to report on the damage caused by the V-1 and V-2 rockets raining down on

London. With the help of the British, he feeds the Germans false information that causes them to redirect their missiles into uninhabited countryside. The end of the war finds Plummer drinking in a pub, eyeing the safe behind the bar. Based on a true story, the film still seems lifeless and

contrived. Plummer appears to be thinking of something else the whole time, and the other characters are either cliches from a hundred espionage pictures or automatons like Plummer. Only the opening scenes on the Island of Jersey have any real interest. TRIPLE CROSS was released in Britain in 135-

and 140-minute versions but was cut to 126 minutes for US distribution.

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