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A Murder of Quality (1991)

TV Movie  -   -  Mystery  -  13 October 1991 (USA)
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Taken from the book by John le Carre, George Smiley rallies to the aid of his former intelligence colleague, Ailsa Brimley, to investigate a mysterious letter from a junion master's wife at... See full summary »

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Terence Fielding
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Ailsa Brimley
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Mad Janie
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Stanley Rode
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Insp. Rigby
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Shane Hecht
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Charles Hecht
Charles Pemberton ...
Sgt. Ted Mundy
William Armstrong ...
Rev. Fergus
Moray Watson ...
Maj. Harriman
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Taken from the book by John le Carre, George Smiley rallies to the aid of his former intelligence colleague, Ailsa Brimley, to investigate a mysterious letter from a junion master's wife at Carne School - a boy's school. When Smiley goes to Carne to investigate, he finds the junior master's wife brutually murdered with her husband as one of the suspects. Smiley begins to scratch at the surface of the closed knit society of Carne and soon begins to find that things are not as they seem. Secret societies, sexual abuse, and a mysterious boy, Timothy Perkins, who is either another suspect, witness, or victim. Written by <73204.3701@compuserve.com>

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Alec Guinness was asked to play George Smiley for a third time but he passed. Anthony Hopkins was offered the role and read a script but withdrew from the project when script changes were made that he didn't like. Denholm Elliott was approached with just three days until production was to start. Elliott turned it down initially as he was living in Spain and returning to the UK would mean he would be landed with a bigger tax bill. He then agreed to play the role when he was offered twice the fee. See more »

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Muddle of Quality
8 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A disappointing film – neither fish nor fowl. Although it's a Le Carre story with George Smiley in the leading role, it's not a spy story. Instead, it's a conventional detective story set in a stuffy English public school. The characters and their motivations are not complex or shadowy. Nor is there anything original about the plot. If you extracted Smiley and inserted Poirot you'd hardly notice the difference, except maybe for the vagueness of the period – is MoQ set in the 1940s, 50s, 60s? If you're expecting a film on par with Spy who Came in from the Cold or Looking Glass War, you'll likely be disappointed. I was.


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