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The Cape Town Affair (1967)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 19 September 1967 (USA)
South African secret agents attempt to save confidential microfilm before it falls into the hands of Communists.


Robert D. Webb

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Complete credited cast:
James Brolin ... Skip McCoy
Jacqueline Bisset ... Candy
Claire Trevor ... Sam Williams
Bob Courtney Bob Courtney ... Capt. Herrick, Security Branch
John Whiteley John Whiteley ... Joey
Gordon Mulholland Gordon Mulholland ... Warrant Officer du Plessis
Siegfried Mynhardt Siegfried Mynhardt ... Fenton
James White James White ... Sgt. Beukes
Gabriel Bayman Gabriel Bayman ... Mohammed the Fence
Raymond Matuson Raymond Matuson ... Lighting Louis AKA Espinosa


South African secret agents attempt to save confidential microfilm before it falls into the hands of Communists.

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Target for every spy ... cop ... and killer in Cape Town! See more »


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19 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Intriga en Ciudad del Cabo See more »

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This film is a remake of the 1953 thriller Pickup on South Street (1953). See more »


Candy: [referring to Skip McCoy] He's been fighting something inside him. Something decent, trying to crawl out.
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Remake of Pickup on South Street (1953) See more »

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Why Do They Do It?
19 July 2004 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

On the plus side, there are interesting shots of Capetown and of Table Mountain. Not that many people know what Capetown looked like in 1967. Not that many people know what country Capetown is IN for that matter, outside of social activists, gold speculators, and surfers. No, it's not near Provincetown. Also there are interesting shots of Jacqueline Bisset at her most -- well, let's use the word "appealing." Her looks are unimpeachable. James Brolin, young and handsome in a mannequin-like way, does pretty good impressions of Clark Gable and Ronald Reagan in other venues.

But you have to ask. Why do they take a peerless piece of cynical and brutal trash like "Pickup on South Street" and do it in color with lesser performers and slipshod direction?

Brolin simply can't SMIRK as well as Richard Widmark. And Bisset just looks too elegant, as opposed to the sluttish and overly made-up Jean Peters in the original. Compare the scenes in which the two actresses utter the same lines -- "You're talking like it was HOT, Joey." Bisset sounds as if she's commenting on the pepper pot soup at Bookbinder's Restaurant. With Peters you know exactly what she means. And Claire Trevor, a decent enough actress in her own right, shouldn't be asked to impersonate Thelma Ritter. Nobody on earth can imitate Thelma Ritter.

Fuller's direction in the original was immediate and claustrophobic. His characters brimmed with verisimilitude. The actors here are going through their paces in settings that aren't nearly seedy enough. I'm leaving the politics aside.

Stick with the original by all means.

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