Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Jigsaw Man (1983)

Synopsis: Spy gets facelift.

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “Burgess, Maclean, Philby...Kimberly. In return for betraying his country they removed his past, destroyed his reputation and finally even took away his life. Then, with a new face and a new identity, he came back from the dead to claim the ‘insurance’ he needed to survive...they called him The Jigsaw Man.”

What Did I Learn?: Michael Caine does a truly awful American accent, and his Russian is even worse.

Really?: The term “jigsaw man” was never once used in this movie.

Rating: The Jigsaw Man is an extremely low-budget misfire. Caine plays the protagonist, yet he kills innocent people (and nobody really cares), so it’s hard to sympathize with him. Watch it for laughs – the scene where a middle-aged MI6 man propositions a younger agent by comparing his bald head to *ahem* another part of his anatomy is so laughably bad it must be seen to be believed. 5/10 stars.

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