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Sebastian (1968)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 29 January 1969 (France)
During the Cold War, the chief of a British intelligence code-breaking section falls in-love with a new employee and shields an old co-worker ,accused of Communist-affiliations, from the wrath of the security branch.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Leo Marks (original screen story), Gerald Vaughan-Hughes (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dirk Bogarde ... Sebastian
Susannah York ... Rebecca Howard
Lilli Palmer ... Elsa Shahn
John Gielgud ... Head of Intelligence
Janet Munro ... Carol Fancy
Ronald Fraser ... Toby
Margaret Johnston ... Miss Elliott
Nigel Davenport ... Gen. Phillips
John Ronane John Ronane ... Jameson
Hayward Morse ... Gavin
Donald Sutherland ... Ackerman
Ann Beach Ann Beach ... Pamela
Susan Whitman Susan Whitman ... Tilly
Ann Sidney Ann Sidney ... Naomi
Veronica Clifford Veronica Clifford ... Ginny
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Storyline

British mathematician Sebastian (Sir Dirk Bogarde), working on code decryption, unexpectedly falls in love with decrypter Rebecca Howard (Susannah York). This leads them to a complicated intrigue within the codebreakers. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Taglines:

Codes were made to be broken. / Women were made to be loved. / Sebastian was made to do both! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

Originally planned as a reunion between the writer (Leo Marks) and the director (Michael Powell) of Peeping Tom (1960), this was inspired by Marks' own wartime career as an ace code-breaker. However, the notoriety of "Peeping Tom" made it hard to get the project off the ground. Powell became connected with American producer Herbert Brodkin during the making of the television series Espionage (1963), and hoped that Brodkin's interest would get this movie made. When it finally was, he and Marks were replaced. Powell had to be content with a producing credit, while Marks was credited solely with the story. See more »

Quotes

Rebecca Howard: What's Sebastian like?
Elsa Shahn: He's a poor lost lamb like the rest of us.
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Connections

Referenced in Endeavour: Canticle (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

You Gotta Let Me Go
Performed by The Happeners
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crisp cool spy thriller
2 July 2001 | by curlew-2See all my reviews

Covers an area of espionage seldom seen in spy movies: cryptography and cryptoanalysis. The whole production is given a faint brush of the surreal and it works, especially with Dirk Bogarde's performance as the title character driven by obsessions (and often overwhelmed by them). That the film also manages to work on an occasional comedic level is an additional tribute to all concerned. Keep your eyes open for a pre-M*A*S*H appearance by Donald Sutherland.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1969 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,250,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Maccius See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Recording System)

Color:

Color (Prints by Technicolor)| Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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