Until the car behing him took out his rear light, Harry Anders (Michael Caine) thought he'd given up on spying. Now he has to think again. The car that hit him holds nothing but trouble in the seductive shape of Stacy Mansdorf (Sean Young). Stacy is the ambassador's wifewith one aim in mind, tracking down her ex-lover Kyle. What she needs is a tracker- and a new lover- and Harry Anders fits the b
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In the late 1960s Michael Caine portrayed the British spy Harry Palmer in a series of adaptations of Len Deightons spy novels. Palmer was seen as the "anti-Bond" in an era in which the James Bond 007 phenomenon was taking the world by storm. The HBO movie `Blue Ice,' though not based on a Deighton novel or featuring Palmer as it's central character, feels more like a Harry Palmer movie than the later Deighton-inspired Palmer movies such as `Bullet to Beijing.' For not only does it star Caine as a cynical, retired British spy, but the characters name is even Harry, Harry Anders that is. Anders is a former spy turned jazz club owner who embarks on an affair with the wife of the American ambassador (played by the incredibly sexy Sean Young). She asks him for a favor in tracking down an American friend of hers using his contacts in the police force and former colleagues in the British secret service. All seems to be going well and Harry locates his quarry without too much...
Here's another film that one might label a neo-noir. It's film noir in story, attitude and camera-work but it's color and it's a 1992 film, not one from the late 1940s or early '50s.
The story is set in England and is a good mixture of suspense, action and romance. It's nicely filmed with a lot of night shots featuring some cool neon signs of London streets and pubs. Looks-wise, this film reminded me a lot of "Stormy Monday."
There is some good jazz in here, too. The action picks up much more in the second half of the film, capped off by a unique huge transformer-like vehicle chasing Michael Caine. The ending was a bit weak and hokey but overall, the film was entertaining and good stuff if you're a noir buff.
At the cheap price, don't look for a sharp DVD transfer, or one with extras. You get what you pay for.
Michael Caine is a cool, ex-MI6 Intelligence Officer who gets sucked back into the treacherous world of espionage when he tries to help his paramour played by curvaceous, voluptous Sean Young. She is the inspiration for the movie's unusual title. Sean Young just happens to be the wife of the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom and is one hell of a raunchy lady (check out the shower scene!). Michael owns a Jazz Club but beneath his dark and ruthless side, he has a heart of gold. The movie sound track is full of superb jazz. His old Spy Boss puts in a sterling performance as the typical stiff upper lip Establishment British gent but is he all that he seems? Michael Caine shows that he can handle a browning Hi Power 9mm autoloading pistol in the scene where he tries out his friend's Combat Shooting range with pop up targets. In real life Michael did his National Service in the British Army fighting Communist terrorists in the jungles of Malaya. This is one reason why I like to see him...
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