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The Human Factor (1979)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  1979 (UK)
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When a leak of information in the African Section of British Intelligence is discovered security man Daintry is brought in to investigate.

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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Every man in love is a potential traitor.

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Drama | Thriller

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Also Known As:

Anthropinos paragon  »

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Trivia

Graham Greene was extremely reluctant to sell the film rights of his novel to Otto Preminger, although the two men were friends. After the film was released, he claimed that he hadn't liked any Preminger films after "Carmen Jones" in 1954 - even though he had himself scripted one of them, "Saint Joan" in 1957. 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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Very low-key.
22 November 2000 | by See all my reviews

Nicol Williamson remains restrained throughout the film, yet his face is so expressive that it does mirror the emotions and thoughts of his character. His admirable performance elevates this otherwise flat, talky thriller, which definitely tries to be a non-taditional spy drama, in the spirit of "The Ipcress File", but doesn't even have the elementary excitement we expect from the genre. (**)


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