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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)
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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Runtime:
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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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
easy to underestimate, 2 April 2007
Author: bacox from United Kingdom

This is an odd film. 'Low-key' is certainly an apt description, and though I don't agree, I can see why some have dismissed it as flat, tedious, etc.

It has stayed in my mind after each viewing - I've seen it twice now on television - more than many other more critically praised films. There's something about the deliberate underplaying, the bland, familiar suburbia of the leading character's house, the politeness, the dog.... The film shows us a non-dramatic world in which dramatic events are being played out in secret, under cover of banal normality. It recalls the hurried departures of Kim Philby and friends from their own domestic lives. It's unsettling: what else might be happening in our own quiet streets?

Personally, I think it's rather wonderful. Clearly it's an ancestor of the brilliant TV adaptations of Le Carre; indeed, it feels more like Le Carre than Greene, which may be why Greene reportedly didn't like it. But it needs to be viewed for what it is: an essay in tension, told in a deliberately chosen style. If you only like action films, it's not for you.

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