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Espionage & Supercops

The Bourne Supremacy (2002)

Director: Paul Greengrass. Cast: Matt Damon, Franka Potente, Brian Cox, Julia Stiles, Karl Urban, Gabriel Mann, Joan Allen, Marton Csokas, Karel Roden, Tomas Arana, Tom Gallop, Tim Griffin, Michelle Monaghan, Ethan Sandler, John Bedford Lloyd. Jason Bourne has abandoned his life as a CIA assassin and has been traveling beneath the agency's radar. He has been able to reconnect with Marie, the woman he loves. But Bourne is still haunted by vivid dreams and troubling memories of his days as a killer, and he's not certain how much really happened and how much is a product of his imagination.

The Bourne Ultimatum (2002)

Director: Paul Greengrass. Cast: Matt Damon, Julia Stiles, David Strathairn, Scott Glenn, Paddy Considine, Edgar Ramirez, Albert Finney, Joan Allen. Once again, Jason Bourne emerges from hiding and into chaos. His return this time prompted inadvertently by London-based reporter Simon Ross. Ross's writing is unveiling Operation Blackbriar--an upgrade to Project Treadstone--in a series of newspaper columns which have woken, and profoundly disturbed, Bourne's former masters. Bourne must uncover and eradicate the sources of their paranoia, before they eradicate him.

The Debt(2010)

Directed by John Madden. Cast: Helen Mirren, Sam Worthington, Jessica Chastain, Jesper Christensen, Martin Csokas, Ciaran Hinds, Tom Wilkinson. The story begins in 1997, as shocking news reaches retired Mossad secret agents Rachel and Stephan about their former colleague David. All three have been venerated for decades by Israel because of the secret mission that they embarked on for their country back in 1965-1966, when the trio tracked down Nazi war criminal Dieter Vogel, the feared Surgeon of Birkenau, in East Berlin.

The Doll Squad (1973)

Directed by Ted V. Mikels. Cast: Michael Ansara, Francine York, Anthony Eisley, Tura Satana. When a crazed arch villain (Michael Ansara) plots to overthrow all the world's governments by distributing bubonic plague-infected rats throughout the population, only The Doll Squad - an elite band of female commandos - can hope to stop him on his island fortress. 91 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The House on 92nd Street(1945)

Directed by George Fitzmaurice. Cast: William Eythe, Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso, Gene Lockhart, Leo. G. Carroll, Lydia St. Clair, William Post. When a young German American is solicited as a Nazi spy during WWII, he accepts the job after agreeing to go undercover for the FBI. Once he learns that his mission is to send atomic bomb secrets to the German government, the FBI chief works relentlessly to prevent this while not giving his agent's identity away. 89 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Killer Elite (1975)

Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Cast: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Arthur Hill, Bo Hopkins, Mako, Gig Young. Elite assassins take on jobs too risky for even the CIA to handle. They're best friends, superior marksmen and on the A-list when it comes to killing. But when one high-powered hitman betrays another, the intrigue, the violence and the thrills become a very personal war. Based on the novel by Robert Rostand. 123 min.

The Kremlin Letter (1966)

Director, John Huston. Cast: Bibi Andersson, Richard Boone, Nigel Green, Dean Jagger, Lila Kedrova, Miche•225;l MacLiamm•243;ir Patrick O'Neal, Barbara Parkins, George Sanders, Max von Sydow, Orson Welles. A band of spies from the West recruits a young intelligence officer with a photographic memory to accompany them on a mission inside Russia. They must recover a letter written by the CIA that promises American assistance to Russia if China gets the atomic bomb. Based on The Kremlin letter by Noel Behn, 120 min.

The Lady Vanishes (1938)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Cast: Margaret Lockwood, Michael Redgrave, Paul Lukas, Dame May Whitty, Cecil Parker. En route back to England by train from Switzerland,a young woman meets a charming old lady who promptly disappears. The other passengers deny ever having seen her, leading the young woman to suspect a conspiracy. When she begins investigating, she is drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. Based on the novel "The Wheel Spins" by Ethel Lina White. Special features: Restored image and sound, additional audio track with commentary by film historian Bruce Eder.

The Living Daylights (UK / USA, 1987)

Directed by John Glen. Cast: Timothy Dalton, Maryam d'Abo, Joe Don Baker, Art Malik, John Rhys-Davies, Jeroen Krabbe. Timothy Dalton debuts as Agent 007. Armed with razor-sharp instincts and a licence to kill, James Bond battles diabolical arms merchants bent on world domination. 131 min. See also: Ian Flemming on Film Bibliography

The Long Kiss Goodbye (1996)

Directed by Renny Harlin. Cast: Geena Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Patrick Malahide, Craig Bierko, Brian Cox, David Morse. Eight years ago a schoolteacher lost her memory. Now she learns that she was once a lethal assassin for the CIA, and teams up with a wise-cracking detective to uncover her past before a hi-tech army of corrupt government renegades kills them both. 120 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

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