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The Human Factor (1979)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  1979 (UK)
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When Arthur Davis, a junior bachelor in the British secret service's African section, is seen taking a file with him -to meet his girlfriend Cynthia- the brass fears he may be the leak to ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Colonel John Daintry
Joop Doderer ...
Cornelius Muller
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Brigadier Tomlinson
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Arthur Davis
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Doctor Percival
Ann Todd ...
Castle's Mother
Richard Vernon ...
Sir John Hargreaves
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Maurice Castle
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Sarah
Keith Marsh ...
Porter
Anthony Woodruff ...
Doctor Barker
Gary Forbes ...
Sam
Angela Thorne ...
Lady Mary Hargreaves
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Buffy
Paul Curran ...
Halliday
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When Arthur Davis, a junior bachelor in the British secret service's African section, is seen taking a file with him -to meet his girlfriend Cynthia- the brass fears he may be the leak to Moskow, and allows Dr. Percival to terminate the 'risk factor' by poisoning to avoid a scandal. In fact Davis's desk chief, Maurice Castle, is the double agent since the South African communists helped him smuggle out his black lover Sarah M., meanwhile his wife and mother of schoolboy Sam, to force him to cooperate with the Apartheid government. When Cornelius Muller, the South African official who failed to get him in Pretoria's power, visits London for the anti-communist operation Uncle Remus, he points out Castle still is the natural suspect... Written by KGF Vissers

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Last cinema film of Ann Todd. See more »

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In the South African scenes (filmed in Kenya), the cars have Kenyan registration plates. See more »

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Maurice Castle: Davis calls all children "little bastards".
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Great cast, writer & director. Terrible film.
7 October 2004 | by (Edinburgh, UK) – See all my reviews

I recently saw this as part of the Graham Greene season on the BBC. I had been quite looking forward to it, given the quality of its cast, director and writer. Unfortunately its production values seemed to be on a par with contemporary television, apparently due to serious budget problems. Performances all round are not particularly good, even Attenbrough seems poor. Iman, in what I understand to be her first role, is embarrassingly bad. She struggles with most of her lines and has difficulty dealing with the most simple props such as telephones. Apparently Otto Preminger also bought the option on another Greene novel although it was never made. Greene, in an interview shown as part of the same season, commented that having seen "The Human Factor" he was glad he never adapted another of his books. I think, for the reputations of all concerned with this film it is best forgotten.


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