The Secret Ways  [DVD]Richard Widmark (actor)
Sonja Ziemann (actor)
Format: all-region dvd (worldwide)
Runtime: 112 min
Quality: Digital / ws / bw
A Cold War drama with the always watchable Richard Widmark as an American soldier of fortune helping a noted Hungarian intellectual and anti-communist escape from behind the Iron Curtain.
The tone of The Secret Ways wavers between realism and satire, the result of a dispute between Widmark and director Phil Karlson, a B-movie specialist who had just turned down Dr No.
I told Widmark I wanted to do it as a James Bond, said Karlson, but he hadn't heard of Bond. I said, 'If we do this tongue-in-cheek we'll be the first ones.' He said, 'No, I don't want to do it that way.' We had a big fight and I never finished the picture.