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The Man in the Brown Suit (1989)

An American woman is getting involved in a diamond theft in South Africa.

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Suzy Blair
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Rev. Edward Chichester
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Sir Eustace Pedler
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Anne Beddingfeld
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Gordon Race
Nickolas Grace ...
Guy Underhill
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Harry Lucas
María Casal ...
Anita (as Maria Casal)
Federico Luciano ...
Leo Carton
Rose McVeigh ...
Valerie
Jorge Bosso ...
Businessman
José Canalejas ...
Arab #1 (as Jose A. Canalejas)
Robert Case ...
Ship's Captain
Tibi Costa ...
Arab #2 (as Tiby Costa)
James Duggan ...
Steward
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An American woman is getting involved in a diamond theft in South Africa.

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4 January 1989 (USA)  »

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El hombre del traje marrón  »

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Superb fun
4 October 2005 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

The advantage of seeing this film in 2005 is that although it isn't the the 1930s period piece it should be, it's so screamingly outdated 1980s through-and-through that you still enjoy quite a "vintage" feel.

Various plot details have been adjusted, but it's still fairly true to the text. The back-story is properly there, nicely simplified. Zimbalist (Anne Beddingfeld) isn't quite gamine enough for Beddingfeld, she looks rather motherly against Dutton (The Man in the Brown Suit) in several scenes, but all in all gives a solid performance. Dutton is good eye-candy and is properly brooding, like his book version, but his voice is disappointingly light and he's not the most credible action hero. You can't really imagine him doing it tough in the Brazilian jungle, at any rate. Pedants will note that he is also not "markedly brachycephalic".

McClanahan (Suzy Blair) is basically replaying "Blanche" from the Golden Girls here, and as such is outstanding, possibly the most enjoyable thing in the film. Ken Howard (Gordon Race) isn't quite what one imagines from the book, and his romantic intentions have also been realigned, but in a way that makes for a more satisfying ending.

No surprise they change the ending vis-a-vis The Man's inheritance to please an American audience, however. It is arguably more fairy-tale like the way the film has done it.

Getting hold of this film was a nightmare, after having only seen half of it on TV years back. In the end I got it via Sendit.com, but it took nearly a year on their Search list before a copy came in, and then was only available in VHS format. I actually had to go and buy a player just for this film, (which luckily was worth it). It would be brilliant if some company could start printing DVDs-on-demand for minority interest/cult films such as this.


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