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A Cold War Spy Collection: The Glory Boys / The Contract

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Product Description

British agents fight terrorists and assassins in two thrilling spy dramas

In these two complete dramas, the British intelligence service takes on some of its most implacable foes--international terrorists and the Soviet bloc.

The Glory Boys: A joint Palestinian-IRA hit team sets out to kill an Israeli nuclear scientist (Oscar®-winner Rod Steiger, In the Heat of the Night) visiting London--and a British agent (Anthony Perkins, Psycho) is charged with stopping them. Tension builds throughout this finely honed thriller, as hunter becomes hunted and predator turns prey. Joanna Lumley (Shirley Valentine) and Alfred Burke (Public Eye) give terrific supporting performances. Seen on TBS.

The Contract: The British intelligence office calls a former operative back into service to help the Soviets’ leading missile designer escape to the West. In this riveting Cold War drama, the action heats up when family loyalties prove as important as politics. Starring Kevin McNally (Pirates of the Caribbean), Bernard Hepton (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy), and James Faulkner (The Bank Job).

The Glory Boys contains violence and graphic scenes

From the Contributor

Rod Steiger, Anthony Perkins, Joanna Lumley, Alfred Burke Starring Kevin McNally, Bernard Hepton, James Faulkner

Special Features

Biographies of the cast and of author and espionage expert Gerald Seymour (Harry’s Game)

Product Details

  • Actors: Rod Steiger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 308 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VB8U8Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on April 4, 2010
THRILLER x 2 & suspense-filled spy dramas sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Heart racing, gut wrenching. Each story is over 2 ½ hrs long and both are written by famous thriller novelist Gerald Seymour.

The CONTRACT======================
An attempt is planned to bring Prof. Wilhelm Guttman, a Russian missile designer, out of East Germany to defect. His daughter Erica is to accompany him to rejoin with his son, Willi, thought to be dead. Henry Carter (Bernard Hepton) and Charles Mawby (James Falkner-`Bridget Jones' `First Among Equals') orchestrate the escape across the Cold War German East/West border. Johnny Donoghue (Kevin McNally-`Life on Mars' `Scoop' `Pirates of the Caribbean') is contracted to enter East Germany and escort the pair out.

His 1st job is to convince the old missile scientist to leave--to turn against his Russian country. Then the path, under heavy guard and surveillance, is considered impossible to cross. Can they make it? Of course there will be problems and set-back since this is another story written by Gerald Seymour (world renowned spy/thriller writer). A realistic portrayal of the dangerous, difficult, impossible truth to any East/West German border passage escape.
Johnny is driven toward success by a yet haunting army accident, killing a child. Another separate escape attempt is by an E. German border guard, Ulf, and his girlfriend, Jutte. For Guttman's it's about family & freedom. "Blood is the strength of us, not flags and slogans."

This is very believable cold War intrigue. A spy thriller the likes of which many of us saw glimpses of similar situations on TV News during the Cold War years. Less than 1 month from this story's initial TV airing, Presidents Reagan & Gorbachev signed the Cold Ward ending treaty.
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Of the 2 movies here, the Contract was more interesting and reminiscent of the Cold War times. The Glory Boys was more about the silencing of an Israeli scientist who had the secrets of the A-Bomb. An Arab and an Irishman collaborate to assassinate him. This was an okay movie but the acting left a lot to be desired, the assassins were actually the best performances. That accent that Rod Steiger was trying for? And Anthony Perkins just smirked.
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A pair for those of us who remeber the Cold War days, especially the 1950's, or for those who have read or watched enough to appreciate the tone of the times. The CONTRACT especially sets the mood for the times. Not in the same league as SMILEY's but quite watchable.
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A reminder of the Cold War era.
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