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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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Great, understated spy story 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

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
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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:
Last cinema film of Ann Todd.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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Great, understated spy story, 4 February 2014
Author: Raymond from Finland

I must confess that this was the first Otto Preminger movie I've seen, so I cannot comment it as an Otto Preminger movie, but rather just a movie among others.

I'm very much a fan of both cold war spy movies and 70/80s Great Britain, so the elements were in place for me to enjoy this. I had never heard of this (I'm yet to go through Preminger's movies) and I quite randomly picked it from the online service as it seemed pretty interesting.

And it was interesting. Very subtle and talkative, I have to say I really really liked it. The story itself wasn't too exciting, but interesting nonetheless. It's about the secret service and an apparent leak of information - possibility of double agents and so on. Very gripping, yet quite slow paced - no action. I just watched le Carre film "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold" and they are quite alike in style, altho I have to say I enjoyed this more. Even if it's not necessarily as well made, this wasn't quite as heavy-handed.

The acting is great for the most part. Nicol Williamson was a name I hadn't heard of before, but his presence really made this movie. Very understated and brilliant character, just like anyones neighbor or work colleague. There's a weak link too unfortunately and that's Iman, she's horribly wooden and unnatural in her acting most of the time.

I'm dropping one point because of sloppy cinematography too - lighting in particular and a few shots that look really staged. I'm not sure why some scenes were so horribly set up, the lights almost looked as if they just flipped a few spotlights over and pointed them at actors faces.

Despite these few flaws, it's a really enjoyable spy movie for anyone into cold war spy stories in style of le Carre etc. Grab a whisky and time machine yourself back into cold war era. This doesn't seem to be too well distributed tho so it may be a bit hard to find.

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