Film: The Tamarind Seed

Opened: August 23, 1974

Directed by: Blake Edwards

Starring: Julie Andrews, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quayle, Dan O’Herlihy, Sylvia Syms, Oskar Homolka, Bryan Marshall, David Baron, Celia Bannerman, Roger Dann, Sharon Duce, George Mikell, Kate O’Mara & Constantine Gregory

A dangerous romance set during the Cold War, The Tamarind Seed moves slowly with many different plot lines. However, the story of Julie Andrews and Omar Sharif’s characters is just enough to keep you invested until the climactic end.

While on a personal holiday after her husband’s death and a failed affair with Richard Paterson (David Baron), Judith Farrow (Andrews) meets Soviet military attaché Feodor Sverdlov (Sharif). The two become close leading high-ranking officials in both their countries to believe that someone will switch sides.

Having come off a four-year hiatus due to raising her family, Andrews radiant as always but there seems to be a slight disconnect with her character. Sharif is great in his role, but the romance between the two never seems to garner enough chemistry.

Final say: There’s room to grow. ★★★☆☆

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