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A Murder of Quality (1991)

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 junior master's wife at... See full summary »




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Terence Fielding
Ailsa Brimley
Mad Janie
Stanley Rode
Felix D'Arcy
Matthew Scurfield ...
Insp. Rigby
Tim Perkins
Diane Fletcher ...
Shane Hecht
Fiona Walker ...
Dorothy D'Arcy
Nick Reding ...
Sgt. Mellor
Charles Hecht
Charles Pemberton ...
Sgt. Ted Mundy
William Armstrong ...
Rev. Fergus
Moray Watson ...
Maj. Harriman


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 junior 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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13 October 1991 (USA)  »

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Asesinato de calidad  »

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The production featured three Academy Award nominees of whom two became Academy Award winners. Star Denholm Elliott had once been Oscar nominated, for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for a A Room with a View (1985), but did not win. Actress Glenda Jackson has been Oscar nominated four times, all during the 1970s, and prior to this tele-movie, and won the Best Actress in a Leading Role Oscar twice. Actor Christian Bale has been Oscar nominated three times, all after A Murder of Quality (1991) had been made and debuted, and has won once, for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. See more »

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Very Good but......
29 December 2004 | by (London ,England) – See all my reviews

Strongly agree with your own comments, this early Le Carre novel is one of my favourites but this version lacks one thing to make it complete. Denholm Elliott is very good as Smiley but Alec Guinness, for any who saw him in the role in "Tinker Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and "Smileys People" will understand that he IS George Smiley. The rest of the cast are superb and in answer to that question 'Why can't Americans make Movies like this?" the Answer is that you do! Look for them in odd places, "Chiefs", "Centennial" and so on. The Movie follows the book and only really misses on that strange and quintessentially English feeling of claustrophobia that exists in Public School Towns. The Constant battle between school and town. Both deeming the other to be the outsiders. Pickup is wonderful as D'Arcy. I would love to have seen Ian Cuthbertson as Fielding but well you cant have everything can you? I strongly urge all to view this at least twice, the first time to enjoy and the second time to pick up on all the Le Carre touches. I also urge you to find an old English movie of his "A Call For The Dead" All in all a great production and as stated faithful to the original.

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