|Directed by||Jeannot Szwarc|
|Produced by||Ben Arbeid|
|Written by||John Briley|
|Based on||Enigma Sacrifice by Michael Barak|
|Music by||Douglas Gamley|
|Edited by||Peter Culverwell|
|Distributed by||Columbia-EMI-Warner (UK)|
Embassy Pictures (US)
Enigma is a 1982 Anglo-American thriller film directed by Jeannot Szwarc and starring Martin Sheen, Sam Neill, Brigitte Fossey, and Kevin McNally. Based on Michael Barak's novel Enigma Sacrifice, the film centers on a CIA agent who tries to infiltrate Soviet intelligence in order to stop a murderous plot.
East German dissident Alex Holbeck (Martin Sheen), living in Paris, hosts a radio program aimed at Iron Curtain countries. Bodley (Michael Lonsdale), a CIA agent, recruits Alex to take on a dangerous assignment.
Alex is sent to East Berlin on a mission to steal an Enigma code scrambler. This is part of an attempt to stop the Russian assassination of five Soviet dissidents planned for Christmas Day. What Alex doesn't know is that the CIA already has a code scrambler. By stealing the scrambler in Berlin, they are trying to convince the Russians that they do not have a copy.
On arrival in Berlin, Alex finds that the East German police and KGB knows he is there. Alex must use numerous disguises and escape from a number of capture attempts. He seeks shelter with his former lover, Karen Reinhardt (Brigitte Fossey), before moving on, as this is too dangerous for her. Karen and a number of Alex's other old friends are arrested and tortured by the police in an attempt to gain information about Alex's whereabouts.
As he gets more desperate, Alex enlists Karen's help again; she seduces Dimitri Vasilikov (Sam Neill), the KGB man in charge of the hunt for Alex, in order to obtain information. In the end Dimitri catches Alex and Karen and finds the scrambler hidden in an exhibition artifact. As he is in love with Karen, he lets them go, however, keeping the scrambler which was in fact not needed. On Christmas Day the assassination attempt is successfully thwarted.
Enigma was shot partly, in 1982, at Paris-Le Bourget Airport. A scene was shot in the terminal, in the hall of eight columns, disused at the time, others on the terrace or in front of the entrance.
The aircraft in Enigma are:
Janet Maslin in her review for The New York Times, decrided the "wise-guy" attitude in Enigma, writing, "There are plenty of mysteries about 'Enigma' but they aren't necessarily the ones the film makers intended. As directed by Jeannot Szwarc, best known for 'Jaws 2' and 'Somewhere in Time', this is the spy film at its most absurdly hard-boiled and at its most, icily perfunctory. It is punctuated by crisp titles (indicating the date of each scene), played very close to the vest and riddled with false alarms ..."