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A U.S. diplomat turns suicide bomber at a nuclear disarmament summit. Why would a respected official go rogue? It’s up to ex-CIA operative Bill Fenner to uncover the mystery.



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Venetian Affair, The
 
3.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Engaging (5)
  • Entertaining (5)

Cons

  • Uneven (3)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

SOMBER COLD WAR SPY THRILLER

BASED ON HELEN MACINNES' 1963 BESTSELLER, THE FILM VERSION FINDS CORRESPONDENT/EX-CIA OPERATIVE ROBERT VAUGHN ASSIGNED TO VENICE AFTER AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT EXPLODES A GLOBAL CONFERRENCE, KILLING ALL OF ITS MEMBERS. ALLYING WITH ...Read complete review

BASED ON HELEN MACINNES' 1963 BESTSELLER, THE FILM VERSION FINDS CORRESPONDENT/EX-CIA OPERATIVE ROBERT VAUGHN ASSIGNED TO VENICE AFTER AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT EXPLODES A GLOBAL CONFERRENCE, KILLING ALL OF ITS MEMBERS. ALLYING WITH LOCAL CORRESPONDENT ROGER C. CARMEL, VAUGHN EVENTUALLY ENCOUNTERS FORMER SPY CHIEF ED ASNER ON THE SEARCH FOR A SECRET REPORT BY POLITICAL ANALYST BORIS KARLOFF. HAVING CONCEIVED A WEB WITH THE CENTRAL CHARACTERS, DIRECTOR JERRY THORPE ENCOMPASSES EX-WIFE ELKE SOMMER TO VAUGHN), BALLARD'S GIRL FRIDAY LUCIANNA PALUZZI, CIA ANALYST FELICIA FARR AND INTERNATIONAL SECRETS TRADER KARL BOEHM INTO A TAUT MAZE WITH UNEXPECTED TWISTS AND CURVES. MOODY AND ATMOSPHERIC IN THE VEIN OF THE ORIGINAL NOVEL, THE VENETIAN AFFAIR IS AN UNDERSTATED COLD WAR SPY CLASSIC, ONE THAT CASTS STAR VAUGHN FROM HIS TELEVISION PERSONNA OF THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

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Not U.N.C.L.E., Thats For Sure

This spy drama starring Robert Vaughn was made for MGM, while Vaughn was starring in their "Man from U.N.C.L.E." TV series. It is an obvious attempt to capitalize on that, per...Read complete review

This spy drama starring Robert Vaughn was made for MGM, while Vaughn was starring in their "Man from U.N.C.L.E." TV series. It is an obvious attempt to capitalize on that, perhaps even convince people they were going to see an U.N.C.L.E. film. Even the title could have been confusing since each episode of U.N.C.L.E. ended with the word "Affair." (Although to be honest, this film was based on a best-selling novel with this title.)
Anyway, Vaughn is a hard-drinking former CIA agent, now working for a wire service, sent to Venice to investigate a terrorist bombing of an international peace summit, committed by the American delegate.
Co-starring with Vaughn is the beautiful Elke Sommer wasted in a thankless role (and a very unattractive hairstyle.) Also featured is Luciana Paluzzi, who previously appeared with Vaughn in the U.N.C.L.E. film "To Trap A Spy," and, of course, played the villainous Fiona Volpe opposite Sean Connery in "Thunderball." Also appearing in a small role is the great Boris Karloff (who also appeared with Vaughn in probably the most famous episode of the terrible "Girl from U.N.C.L.E." series: "The Mother Muffin Affair.")
The action in this film is clumsily done and not very exciting. The film ends with a lame attempt to emulate the end credits of "From Russia With Love" as Julius LaRosa warbles the mawkish theme song "Our Venetian Affair" over the end credits filmed over the canals of Venice.
I remember seeing this film many years ago and not caring for it very much. I should have listened to my own previous opinion of the film. Instead I decided to give it another shot. I was wrong, it still isn't very good.

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4.0

" THE MEMORANDUM "

By J.Gabin

from Pasadena, CA

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        Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

        I found the picture quality very good for a remastered edition,still there are lots of white specks,and a few bad frames.
        The audio track is quite good:clear,and clean.
        However WB Archive's DVD is preserving the original screen ratio:"Panavision" and the transfer looks "great".
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        4.0

        SOMBER COLD WAR SPY THRILLER

        By SHADOWER

        from LOUISVILLE, KY. 40215

        About Me Avid Moviegoer

        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Original
        • Taut And Diverting

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          Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

          BASED ON HELEN MACINNES' 1963 BESTSELLER, THE FILM VERSION FINDS CORRESPONDENT/EX-CIA OPERATIVE ROBERT VAUGHN ASSIGNED TO VENICE AFTER AN AMERICAN DIPLOMAT EXPLODES A GLOBAL CONFERRENCE, KILLING ALL OF ITS MEMBERS. ALLYING WITH LOCAL CORRESPONDENT ROGER C. CARMEL, VAUGHN EVENTUALLY ENCOUNTERS FORMER SPY CHIEF ED ASNER ON THE SEARCH FOR A SECRET REPORT BY POLITICAL ANALYST BORIS KARLOFF. HAVING CONCEIVED A WEB WITH THE CENTRAL CHARACTERS, DIRECTOR JERRY THORPE ENCOMPASSES EX-WIFE ELKE SOMMER TO VAUGHN), BALLARD'S GIRL FRIDAY LUCIANNA PALUZZI, CIA ANALYST FELICIA FARR AND INTERNATIONAL SECRETS TRADER KARL BOEHM INTO A TAUT MAZE WITH UNEXPECTED TWISTS AND CURVES. MOODY AND ATMOSPHERIC IN THE VEIN OF THE ORIGINAL NOVEL, THE VENETIAN AFFAIR IS AN UNDERSTATED COLD WAR SPY CLASSIC, ONE THAT CASTS STAR VAUGHN FROM HIS TELEVISION PERSONNA OF THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.

           
          2.0

          Not U.N.C.L.E., Thats For Sure

          By GaryC.

          from Staten Island, New York

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            • Boring
            • Uneven

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              Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

              This spy drama starring Robert Vaughn was made for MGM, while Vaughn was starring in their "Man from U.N.C.L.E." TV series. It is an obvious attempt to capitalize on that, perhaps even convince people they were going to see an U.N.C.L.E. film. Even the title could have been confusing since each episode of U.N.C.L.E. ended with the word "Affair." (Although to be honest, this film was based on a best-selling novel with this title.)
              Anyway, Vaughn is a hard-drinking former CIA agent, now working for a wire service, sent to Venice to investigate a terrorist bombing of an international peace summit, committed by the American delegate.
              Co-starring with Vaughn is the beautiful Elke Sommer wasted in a thankless role (and a very unattractive hairstyle.) Also featured is Luciana Paluzzi, who previously appeared with Vaughn in the U.N.C.L.E. film "To Trap A Spy," and, of course, played the villainous Fiona Volpe opposite Sean Connery in "Thunderball." Also appearing in a small role is the great Boris Karloff (who also appeared with Vaughn in probably the most famous episode of the terrible "Girl from U.N.C.L.E." series: "The Mother Muffin Affair.")
              The action in this film is clumsily done and not very exciting. The film ends with a lame attempt to emulate the end credits of "From Russia With Love" as Julius LaRosa warbles the mawkish theme song "Our Venetian Affair" over the end credits filmed over the canals of Venice.
              I remember seeing this film many years ago and not caring for it very much. I should have listened to my own previous opinion of the film. Instead I decided to give it another shot. I was wrong, it still isn't very good.

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              5.0

              Well done film!

              By Chas

              from Rockledge, PA

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              Pros

              • Engaging
              • Entertaining

              Cons

                Best Uses

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                • Everyone

                Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

                Venetian Affair did not fare well with critics, but it's a fine thriller with a great performance from Robert Vaughn, very different from the flamboyant Napoleon Solo of THE MAN FROM UNCLE. The remastering of the film is just fine with sharp image and clear, crisp sound.

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                5.0

                Gorgeous Scenery

                By "Singingbird"

                from Deland, Fl

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                Pros

                • Classic
                • Engaging
                • Entertaining

                Cons

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                  • Everyone

                  Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

                  Classic story of a mother's love. It was a beautiful location and one of those great stories like they use to make in the 50s'. Highly recommend!

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                  2.0

                  Not a good role for Robert Vaughn

                  By Q at Koreanfilm.org

                  from Berkeley, CA

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                        Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

                        The movie's raison d'etre is obviously the outrageous success of MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. (it even has the "affair" post-fix to the title in the manner of U.N.C.L.E. episode titles) but it simply lacks the exhuberant, smart-aleck fun of the series. Robert Vaughn plays a dour ex-CIA agent enlisted to solve a suicide bomber plot, while trying to protect his former wife Elke Sommer from CIA and the conspirators. It tries to emulate cynicism and realism of a Len Deighton novel, specifially IPCRESS FILE, but falls flat on its nose most of the time. Vaughn's suave, urbane appeal is completely wasted in a role that would have been more appropriate for someone like Lee Marvin. The actresses, inlcuding THUNDERBALL's Luciana Paluzzi, are no more than eye candies. The only bright spots are Roger C. Cammel (STAR TREK's Mudd) and Boris Karloff. Karloff looks rather ill but has a pivotal role as the possessor of the movie's McGuffin. Lalo Schfrin's score does its best to enliven the proceedings.

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                        4.0

                        It's all coming back now...

                        By black farmer

                        from Atlantic Highlands, NJ

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                        Pros

                        • Engaging

                        Cons

                        • Uneven

                        Best Uses

                        • Entertainment

                        Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

                        An adult role for Robert Vaughn in a solo outing from "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." from 1966 based on Helen MacInnes best-selling novel was scripted by E. Jack Neuman and directed by Jerry Thorpe. The complex plot is a spy thriller with a lot of pretty girls including Elke Sommer, Felicia Farr and Luciana Paluzzi joined by a supporting cast that includes Boris Karloff, Roger C. Carmel , Karl Boehm and Ed Asner. Robert Vaughn plays a bit of a grizzled anti-hero on the sauce. The photography especially the Venetian scenery is great and the music is nice but typical for Lalo Schifrin ("Mission: Impossible"). The remastering job is superb. It's all there to appreciate now or again, whatever the case may be. Where would we be without Warner Archive?

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                        4.0

                        This ain't no Napoleon Solo!

                        By Molly Cate

                        from St. Louis, MO

                        About Me Avid Reader, Movie Buff

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Engaging

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Entertainment

                          Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

                          This film was made when Robert Vaughn was best known to TV watchers as "Napoleon Solo of UNCLE" and it would be easy to expect another incarnation of the charming, slick spy boy. But, Vaughn's representation of his character is anything but. His performance is quite good even if the script is a little frayed in places. The supporting cast is wonderful. As a long-time Man from UNCLE fan, I found this film very enjoyable ... and nothing like Napoleon!

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          You'll love The Ventetian Affair

                          By Nicki

                          from Washington DC

                          About Me Collector, Robert Vaugh Fan

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                          Pros

                          • Action-packed
                          • Entertaining
                          • Great performances

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Entertainment

                            Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

                            WB did a spectacular job in remastering this film. The picture and sound quality are superb.I stayed glue to the screen from the opening to the end.
                            This movie is a must-have for any collector of thrill movies and most certainly for fans of the great Robert Vaughn and Boris Karloff.

                            Thanks WB for bringing it back to us!

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent transfer

                            By Tom

                            from New York, NY

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                            Pros

                            • Engaging
                            • Entertaining

                            Cons

                            • Uneven

                            Best Uses

                            • Entertainment

                            Comments about Venetian Affair, The:

                            This is an excellent transfer of one of the more rare English-language '60s spy/espionage movies. Not to be confused with the "Man from Uncle" movies also offered by Warner Archive. This is quite different actually; more in the vein of "Spy Who Came in from the Cold." It has its detractors, but I like it and recommend it to any '60s spy-film fan.

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