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January 1980 (UK) See more »
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Richard Attenborough ... Colonel John Daintry
Joop Doderer ... Cornelius Muller

John Gielgud ... Brigadier Tomlinson

Derek Jacobi ... Arthur Davis

Robert Morley ... Doctor Percival
Ann Todd ... Castle's Mother
Richard Vernon ... Sir John Hargreaves

Nicol Williamson ... Maurice Castle

Iman ... Sarah
Keith Marsh ... Porter
Anthony Woodruff ... Doctor Barker
Gary Forbes ... Sam
Angela Thorne ... Lady Mary Hargreaves

Tony Haygarth ... Buffy
Paul Curran ... Halliday
Cyd Hayman ... Cynthia
Ken Jones ... Messenger
Paul Seed ... Shop Assistant
Chantal Gray ... Stripper
Fiona Fullerton ... Elizabeth
Maurice Perry ... Scientist
Walter Hinds ... Van Donck
Philip Chege ... Black Man
Tony Vogel ... Matthew Connolly
Norbert Okare ... Questioner
Vicky Udall ... Castle's Secretary
Brian Epson ... Judge
Mike Andrews ... Witness
Leon Greene ... Tall Man (as Leon Green)
Martin Benson ... Boris
Giles Watling ... Colin
Marianne Stone ... Matron
Edward Dentith ... Edward

Adrienne Corri ... Sylvia
Robert Dorning ... Jameson
Patrick O'Connell ... Reader
Sean Caffrey ... Policeman
Clifford Earl ... Ferguson
Tom Chatto ... General Phipps
Raewyn Blade ... Secretary (as Rawyn Blade)
Glenna Forster-Jones ... Black Prostitute
Sylvia Coleridge ... Mrs. Halliday

Boris Isarov ... Agent
Denys Hawthorne ... Inspector Butler

Frank Williams ... Bellamy
Ipi Tombi Company ... African Dancers (as 'Ipi Tombi' Company)
Rebel ... Buller

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
Writing credits
Graham Greene (novel)

Tom Stoppard (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Crosfield .... executive producer
Chris Dillinger .... associate producer
Otto Preminger .... producer
Val Robins .... associate producer
Original Music by
Gary Logan 
Richard Logan 
Cinematography by
Mike Molloy (director of photography) (as Mike Malloy)
Film Editing by
Richard Trevor 
Casting by
Rose Tobias Shaw 
Art Direction by
Kenneth Ryan  (as Ken Ryan)
Costume Design by
Hope Bryce 
Makeup Department
Jan Dorman .... hair
Michael Morris .... makeup artist (as Mickey Morris)
Production Management
Val Robins .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kip Gowans .... assistant director
Art Department
Tony Teiger .... property master
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Don Mingaye .... assistant art director (uncredited)
John Siddall .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Colin Miller .... dubbing editor
Peter Pennell .... dubbing editor
Norman Bolland .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Jim Perry .... boom operator (uncredited)
Otto Snel .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Mike Tucker .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John D. Babin .... grip
John Jay .... still photographer
Roy Rodhouse .... chief electrician
Bob Smith .... camera operator
Reg Parsons .... best boy (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Hazel Harste .... assistant editor
William Webb .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
John Barham .... music arranger
Valerie Lesser .... music editor
Other crew
Rick Anderson .... location manager: Kenya
Saul Bass .... titles
Bill Batchelor .... publicist
Betty Dale-Fox .... dance arranger
Kay Mander .... continuity
Catherine O'Brien .... publicist
Rachel Neale .... accounts assistant (uncredited)
Tony Webb .... production assistant (uncredited)

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115 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | France:-12 | France:U (re-release: 2000) | Iceland:12 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:15 (tv rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

This movie was made and released only about a year after its source novel of the same name by Graham Greene was first published in 1978.See more »
Errors in geography: In the South African scenes (filmed in Kenya), the cars have Kenyan registration plates.See more »
Maurice Castle:Davis calls all children "little bastards".See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
flat and unexciting, 22 April 2015
Author: eddiekent from Norfolk UK

I watched this because it was on a BBC TV channel and so would not contain any adverts; it was also conveniently short. I expected nothing and all the way through I got nothing. I might even have dozed a little, but fortunately had it on record. I thought the lead actor was too tall and his wife was too thin, and neither of them, or anyone else in the film tried to act: very much as though they were on the stage. I vaguely recognized some of the actors and I read somewhere it was directed by Preminger, who had made some of the truly outstanding films of my youth. It ended and I went to bed, just a little puzzled. And then I couldn't sleep. I gradually came to realize I had been fooled. The cunning bastard had sneaked an amazing missile under my indolence and wrecked my life for a while. If you don't want to be grabbed and tormented, then don't watch this film.

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