Man on a String (1960) - Rotten Tomatoes

Man on a String (1960)





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An unexceptional spy drama by Andre De Toth, Man on a String is based on an autobiography by counterspy Boris Morros, here given the name of Boris Mitrov and played by Ernest Borgnine. Mitrov was born in Russia but had been a citizen of the U.S. for some time when he joins up with a Russian spy network. He is caught out by the CIA, and they offer him a deal: go to the USSR and spy for our side, or else. Boris' boss is Bob Avery (the handsome Kerwin Mathews) and Colleen Dewhurst is Helen Benson, the lone female in the story. Clichéd dialogue aside, the scenes shot in Moscow and Berlin add convincing realism to the action.


Ernest Borgnine
as Boris Mitrov
Colleen Dewhurst
as Helen Benson
Kerwin Mathews
as Bob Avery
Alexander Scourby
as Vadja Kubelov
Glenn Corbett
as Frank Sanford
Friedrich Joloff
as Nikolai Chapayev
Richard Kendrick
as Inspector Jenkins
Ed Prentiss
as Adrian Benson
Holger Hagen
as Hans Gruenwald
Robert Iller
as Hartmann
Reginald Pasch
as Otto Bergman
Carl Jaffe
as People's Judge
Eva Pflug
as Rosnova
Clete Roberts
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Man on a String

All Critics (2)

Borgnine, the love-starved butcher Marty of a few years ago, gives another persuasive performance in this true-life spy thriller.

October 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Flat, dated and unbelievable anti-communist propaganda film.

August 27, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

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