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Blade on the Feather (1980)

A reclusive, elderly author is visited by a young admirer...but both men are more than they claim to be.




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Complete credited cast:
Linda Cavendish
Gareth Forwood ...
Andrew Cartwright
Joel Samuel ...
Young Daniel
Alvar Liddell ...
Newsreader (as Alvar Lidell)


A reclusive, elderly author is visited by a young admirer...but both men are more than they claim to be.

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Release Date:

19 October 1980 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Deep Cover  »

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Did You Know?


The title, which turns out to be a code-phrase used by Russian spies, comes from the words of the "Eton Boating Song". See more »


Professor Jason Cavendish: Do you have a cigarette?
Daniel Young: I didn't know you smoked.
Professor Jason Cavendish: I don't. I burn.
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A great spy film with great acting and dialogue but no significant blood and guts.
12 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

This is a really wonderful film. It is almost like a play set on an estate in England. There are a few flashbacks but these are of short duration. It is one of those films that need to be viewed multiple times to really appreciate. A spy drama rather than a spy thriller.

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