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Writers:
Graham Greene (novel)
Tom Stoppard (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1979 (UK) See more »
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Plot:
When Arthur Davis, a junior bachelor in the British secret service's African section, is seen taking... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Too much deference to the author? See more (15 total) »

Cast

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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
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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)
 
Sound Department
Colin Miller .... dubbing editor
Peter Pennell .... dubbing editor
Norman Bolland .... sound recordist (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
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Color (Technicolor)
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Certification:
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

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Trivia:
According to the cinematographer, at one point the production ran out of money. Director Otto Preminger had to fly home to Hollywood to sell some of his art collection to fund the rest of the production.See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: In the South African scenes (filmed in Kenya), the cars have Kenyan registration plates.See more »
Quotes:
Maurice Castle:Davis calls all children "little bastards".See more »

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14 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Too much deference to the author?, 8 October 2004
Author: philipdavies from United Kingdom

'Sr Moreno' dismisses the Preminger film adaptation of 'The human factor' very intemperately: The clincher of his argument - which consists largely in being rude to Iman (she was perfectly adequate in her role, and certainly believably a beauty whom a career diplomat might have risked his career for) - is Graham Greene's own declared dislike of Preminger's version.

While obviously his own direct collaboration with Carol Reed made 'The Third Man' into the definitive Greene adaptation for the screen, and a classic sans pareil, there is still no need to be unduly respectful of his impatience with this version of his 'The human factor.'

After all, Greene had a well-known falling-out with Mankiewicz during the filming of the 1959 version of 'The quiet American,' but no-one else thinks that was a bad movie!

Few filmed adaptations are entirely successful - probably without the original author's close collaboration they will inevitably be more-or-less diminished versions of the literary form. And while Grahame Greene was perfectly entitled, with the status of 'onelie true begetter' to be hyper-critical of any lesser recensions, that is not a sensible reason for the rest of us not to enjoy and appreciate what is a perfectly intelligent and involving film in its own right.

There are few enough thrillers around on the TV today which do not involve various forms of adolescent excitability and excess that I should have thought the BBC were perfectly justified in giving it an airing recently on their 'thoughtful' channel.

This is no 'The third man' to be sure - but then, what is? This remains a film with, clearly, much in it to admire.

Surely, if every film has to achieve the status of 'masterpiece' before it can be accepted at all - as 'Moreno' appears to believe - then would there not be a certain danger of an unbridgeable culture-gap developing between the extremes of 'art-house film' and 'teen-flick'? Fortunately, audiences - and film-makers - are still quite willing to 'give it a go,' even if the results are 'merely' intelligent, rather than the absolutely brilliant - and still quite rare - product of genius!

Really, I feel most strongly that 'Moreno''s strictures represent exactly the kind of intellectual snobbery which can only tend to alienate cinema audiences even further from any more sober and challenging films.

There really are enough points of worthwhile discussion raised by this film of 'The human factor' for it to be impossible to dismiss in a single paragraph of supercilious contempt: 'Terrible' does not amount to a review, but only to intemperate spleen, I'm afraid.

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