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Five Fingers

4.6 out of 5 stars 51 customer reviews

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The valet to the British ambassador in Turkey during WWII decides to improve his lot by selling his employer's top-secret documents to the Nazis in this classic spy film starring James Mason. Based on the true story of Elyesa Bazna, one of the most famous spies of World War II, the film was nominated for two Academy Awards®. Shown in 4:3 full frame presentation.

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  • Actors: James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, Michael Rennie, Oscar Karlweis, Walter Hampden
  • Directors: Joseph Mankiewicz
  • Writers: Michael Wilson, L.C. Moyzisch
  • Producers: Otto Lang
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2014
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ICWO1LC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I am a big James Mason fan and am so glad to see this vintage film available on the instant video format. James Mason, with his aristocratic demeanor is simply outstanding in this docudrama titled "FIVE FINGERS". Set during World War II - this 1952 film is the true story of an Albanian born man who was valet to a British ambassador in Turkey. With no interest in political affairs and desiring to improve his economic station in life, he embarks on his infamous and distinguished career of espionage - in which he sells 35 documents (to the Germans) which included the plans for D-Day. Receiving large sums of cash for his 'services', he solicits a destitute countess to hold his money for safe keeping, paying her a fee until he can save enough to go and live comfortably in Rio De Janeiro. He even invites her to go with him.

The film from start to finish reflects sophistication in front of as well as behind the cameras (with all external scenes filmed in the locales associated with the story).

There are some twists and turns throughout the film that continue to keep your interest with lots of intrique. As "Ulysses Diallo" (codenamed "Cicero" by the Germans) continues with confidence on his treacherous path of espionage, several things occur - 'little' obscure events that begin his downfall - things that in and of themselves have no meaning, one of which, is that of a housekeeper who can't seem to get her vacuum to start! What happens to this man at the end of it all is so ironic that it absolutely made for a perfect ending!

(Item of interest: This was reportedly one of Mason's favorite films.)

A highly recommended spy film - especially for James Mason fans.

5 FINGERS
Run Time: 108 Minutes
Format: Black and White
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Really well done. Intelligently presented and quite suspenseful. James Mason was one of the greats and had an unforgettable voice. Not at all like a James Bond story, this one is very real.
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Terrific spy movie with superb performances and outstanding crackling dialogue. Some of the scenes look a bit cloudy as Fox Cinema Archives tries once again, but overall it's not a bad print. The trouble with Fox Cinema Archives is that this is the only way to obtain some of the 20th Century Fox films that are worth having in your collection, so either take their prints or do without.
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This is the type of espionage movie in the same genre as The Spy Who Came in From the Cold in the sense it smacks of truth. There are no winners or heroics in this movie, just the money. James Mason at his best and supposedly based on a true story. Not a shoot em' up or blow em' up movie.
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"5 Fingers" should be better known than it is. Its golden touch was applied by Joseph Mankiewicz, who knew how to write literate, witty scripts, produce movies, assemble the right kind of talent (such as Bernard Herrmann for music), and direct the right actors for their parts: here, James Mason, Danielle Darrieux, and Michael Rennie in the leads. Even the supporting cast, essential for this movie, are perfect. The story is based on the nearly incredible fact that the Nazi high command outfoxed itself by refusing to act on vital, leaked Allied battle plans because it believed they were bogus. To that twist, Mankiewicz adds a few more of his own creation. This is not a great film, but it's a very good one: the sort that studios like 20th Century Fox once turned out as part of its annual product, which today leaves almost everything at your local cinema in the shade.
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Exciting espionage story set during the seond World War that is well-written and well-directed with an excellent international cast. James Mason plays the part of a career valet to upper-class Europeans who dominate the diplomatic corps. While working for the English ambassador to neutral Turkey, he decides to sell military secrets to the Germans so that he can finally live the life of a landed gentlemen, instead of just serving them. He finds an accomplice in a disenfranchised Polish countess ( Danielle Darrieux) whose has lost everything in the war in the way of land and money, but none of her beauty or charm.
These two clever and conniving emblems of old European greed and decadence outsmart everybody (almost) with their plan to score big and flee to Buenos Aries. James Mason's character is finally detected at the end by the British and the chase is on.
Based on a true story with some nice location shooting in Istanbul and Ankara. Just a good story and good movie-making.
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Super spy movie. Germans got everything they wanted to know about attacks pending, then actually happening. There is a bit of fiction thrown in, but it only adds to the story to make it more entertaining. The story except for that bit is a true one. There is a book written by the actual spy who did the stealing which confirms much of this movie. "Five Fingers" book was written by the German attache who was the recipient of all the stolen Allied secrets. You will enjoy this move many times - at least I have.
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A well-written, well-acted, and well-made film with on-location photography and an excellent score by Bernard Herrmann. I didn't give it five stars because the 4:3 B&W picture is a little soft. Hope a Blu-ray disc will be issued.
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