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Release Date:
19 October 1980 (UK) See more »
Names have been changed to protect the guilty. See more »
A reclusive, elderly author is visited by a young admirer...but both men are more than they claim to be. | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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A great spy film with great acting and dialogue but no significant blood and guts. See more (2 total) »


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Kika Markham ... Linda Cavendish

Phoebe Nicholls ... Christabel Cavendish

Donald Pleasence ... Professor Jason Cavendish

Tom Conti ... Daniel Young
Gareth Forwood ... Doctor

Denholm Elliott ... Jack Hill
Bill Weston ... Andrew Cartwright
Joel Samuel ... Young Daniel
Alvar Liddell ... Newsreader (as Alvar Lidell)

Directed by
Richard Loncraine 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dennis Potter 

Produced by
Kenith Trodd .... producer
Tony Wharmby .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Peter Hannan 
Film Editing by
Jon Costelloe 
Casting by
Diana Parry 
Production Design by
Andrew Drummond 
Art Direction by
James Dillon 
Makeup Department
Sabina Cowan .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jeremy Canney .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Brown .... assistant director
Art Department
Rex Dutton .... production buyer
Pat Gavin .... graphic designer
Rosy Guest .... graphic designer
Bert Kitchen .... graphic designer
Stuart Wilson .... carpenter
Sound Department
Richard King .... dubbing mixer
Alan Mills .... sound recordist
Ian O'Donaghue .... boom operator
Other crew
Xenia Ager .... production assistant
Laurence Rooke .... stage manager
Simon Wallace .... floor manager

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deep Cover" - USA (video title)
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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Professor Jason Cavendish:You said England was safe, but it isn't. It can't be. Because there isn't any sort of England that anyone of my generation would think he had inherited.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in "Arena: Dennis Potter" (1987)See more »


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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A great spy film with great acting and dialogue but no significant blood and guts., 12 July 1999
Author: anonymous from Corpus Christi, Texas

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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