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When tv-journalist Vicky (Susan George) is down because one of the stories
she has just painfully researched has been turned down, all of a sudden her
ex-husband John (Patrick Mower) shows up at her doorstep & offers her a
shoulder to cry on ... & of course much more than that.
Soon it looks as
if their love would/could have a second chance, & John even invites her to
accompany him on a business trip to Czechoslovakia (which was back then still
behind the Iron Curtain). But once there, John & one of his suitcases go
missing, & soon Vicky finds out his & her passports are gone too. Only
the photo of a certain Maria Vladekova (Catherine Neilson), slipped into
Vicky's room under the door witht he words "she knows where John is"
seems to provide a clue, but when Vicky questins her, she knows nothing. &
Roger Brown (Richard Heffner) from the British embassy is not too big a help
But once Vicky returns to her hotelroom, she finds a man murdered in
her bathtub, while another man - obviously his killer - makes a hasty escape
... but what's worse, the police inspector (Stephan Gryff) believes her to be
the killer, & questions her for hours on end, before a certain mysterius
phonecall sets her free all of a sudden.
Returning to Maria Vladekova's
appartment though, Vicky finds the killer from the hotelroom in Maria's
living-room, & this man seems to be determined to not let Vicky go, chasing
her through half of Prague ... of course though she finally does make her
escape & decides to go to Brown for some answers.
Brown, who naturally
turns out to be a secret service agent, fills her in on the story, that John
has long fallen in love with Maria & now plans to get her out of
Czechoslovakia by using Vicky's passport ... but what he does not know is that
Maria is indeed a spy, only using John to get to Great Briatin. But what Maria
does not know is that the secret service knows that too, & they are more
than happy to have identified a commie-spy quite so soon, & they will grant
her a pleasant stay in the West, but in turn feed her with false information
(unbeknowest to her, naturally). All the Brits have to do now is to keep Vicky
quiet for a day or 2, enough time for John to bring Maria - as Vicky - to the
UK ... but unfortunately the killer is still at large, & still deternmined
to snuff out Vicky, so Vicky has to endure another chase, that eventually leads
her to the airpoort when John & Maria are about to be leaving ... Vicky
tries to stop them, but instead is dragged off to the loonie-bin (?).
mediocre espionage story, that takes for ages to kick into gear, & then has
quite a few twists & turns too many to really make sense while telling a
rather stupid story.
The scenes in Prague were atually shot in Vienna, which
in some scenes doubles as Prague quite nicely ... while in other scenes, the
insistence of filming famous Viennese landmarks like the Parliament or the very
distinct Saint Stephen's Cathedral is way too much of a dead giveaway (&
not only for a Viennese like me). Granted, filming in Prague was not possible
for an English production back then, but why then insist on showing Viennese landmarks ?
(espionage film) actor Robert Vaughan by the way is totally wasted in a short
scene as Vicky's/Susan George's producer.