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The Tamarind Seed

Blake Edwards, whose forte usually is comedy, has turned Evelyn Anthony's novel, The Tamarind Seed , into what some will see as a love story against an espionage background and others as an excellent spy effort involving two people in love.

Blake Edwards, whose forte usually is comedy, has turned Evelyn Anthony’s novel, The Tamarind Seed , into what some will see as a love story against an espionage background and others as an excellent spy effort involving two people in love.

Julie Andrews as a British civil servant on vacation in the Caribbean meets and becomes fond of (but keeps at arm’s length) a handsome Russian (Omar Sharif), also on leave. The Russian also has thoughts of enlisting her as an agent.

Sharif’s importance lessens and he’s slated for recall to Moscow, so he decides to defect. His bargaining point is the disclosure of a Britisher of high rank who is a Russian spy.

A major strong point of the film is the convincing performances of Andrews and Sharif as a pair of unlikely romantics.

The Tamarind Seed

UK

  • Production: ITC/Jewel/Lorimar. Director Blake Edwards; Producer Ken Wales; Screenplay Blake Edwards; Camera Freddie Young; Editor Ernest Walter; Music John Barry; Art Director Harry Pottle
  • Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1974. Running time: 123 MIN.
  • With: Julie Andrews Omar Sharif Anthony Quayle Dan O'Herlihy Sylvia Syms Oscar Homolka