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A Deadly Game (1979)
"Charlie Muffin" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Thriller  |  12 October 1983 (USA)
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Charlie Muffin, top British Intelligence operative, has just broken up a major Soviet spy network in England. However, a new Director with new ideas takes over and wants Charlie out. But ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Muffin
Pinkas Braun ...
Valery Kalenin
Sir Archibald Willoughby
Tony Mathews ...
Christopher Godwin ...
Norwich Duff ...
Rohan McCullough ...
Donald Churchill ...
Frederick Treves ...
Phillip Joseph ...
Bayer (as Philip Joseph)


Charlie Muffin, top British Intelligence operative, has just broken up a major Soviet spy network in England. However, a new Director with new ideas takes over and wants Charlie out. But then a high-ranking Soviet spy-master hints that he wants to defect, and both British Intelligence and the CIA want him and will do anything to get him. Charlie may be the only man who can bring the defection off successfully, but is the whole thing an elaborate set-up? And when your so-called allies are stabbing each other and you in the back to get this prize, whom can Charlie trust on either side? Written by Tony-Scheinman

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The VW blown up at the checkpoint was a pre-1970 model, whereas in other scenes it was a post-1970 model. See more »


Sir Archibald Willoughby: Well, I won't say be careful, Charlie; no damn sense in that. But remember the first rule.
Charlie Muffin: Always secure an escape route.
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Music by William Davies
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Exceptional cold-war spy story
10 December 1998 | by (Canterbury, England) – See all my reviews

Charlie Muffin is an exceptional cold-war spy story. Our title hero is not very glamorous by James Bond standards: no spying gadgets, no Pussy Galores, no megalomaniac enemies with crocodile farms. It's simply the old West vs. East story during the cold war. Charlie is an exceptional spy with exceptional methods and exceptional results, but that is not much appreciated by his peers who want rules and not exceptions.

Although this spy story is set in the real world and not in comic book land, we have the odd chase, explosion and deception here and there, and although they are perhaps slightly less spectacular than in the world of Derek Flint their impact is larger, because they happen in a context we can relate to. Not only that, but the story keeps us also guessing. In our traditional spy film we know who's going to win (the good guys, of course) and how our hero will cope at the end (with a bottle of champagne under one arm and a glamour puss under the other). But this world is not that black and white and right up to the end one could imagine many outcomes, and the actual ending makes a fitting climax to a great film.

David Hemmings plays the title character understated: intelligent but inconspicuous, moderate but stylish. Generally the cast is excellent; I especially loved Pinkas Braun as the defected Kalenin.

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