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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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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:
Richard Burton and Michael Caine were both offered the part of the lead character Maurice Castle, but both turned it down. Anthony Hopkins was also approached about acting in the film, but declined.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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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Unjustly forgotten, 24 November 2006
Author: flipshoes from Europe

After I had read this late Graham Greene novel years ago, I was immediately fascinated by its le Carré-like plot with very much Greene-like characters. I immediately thought that this should have been made into a movie.

Shortly afterwards, I learnt that Preminger had already made it into a film back in 1979, so I was of course very eager to see this movie. Yet - this film has fallen into oblivion, it is not commercially available and it is hardly ever on TV.

Very strange if you consider that it features a cast bristling with splendid British character actors (Nicol Williamson, Derek Jacobi, Robert Morley, Richard Attenborough, to name but a few) and has a screenplay by Tom Stoppard (which IMHO was a straightforward, enjoyable transfer of Greene's novel to the screen).

So, only yesterday did I have the opportunity to watch it on TV. Certainly, it is no cinematographic highlight: it is very low-key, very unfussily directed by Otto Preminger in a more than plain style, and has basically no "action" (but then - what would you expect of a Greene novel?). It might as well have been made for TV, but this impression may also be due to the serious budget problems while filming.

However, it has some splendid performances by actors whom I could watch all day long. The mere cast turns this film into a success and makes it worthwhile watching.

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