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The Deadly Affair (1967)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 9 April 1967 (UK)
A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee's suicide.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

John le Carré (novel), Paul Dehn (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Charles Dobbs
Simone Signoret ... Elsa Fennan
Maximilian Schell ... Dieter Frey
Harriet Andersson ... Ann Dobbs
Harry Andrews ... Inspector Mendel
Kenneth Haigh ... Bill Appleby
Roy Kinnear ... Adam Scarr
Max Adrian ... Morton - Adviser (aka Marlene Dietrich)
Lynn Redgrave ... Virgin Bumpus
Robert Flemyng ... Samuel Fennan
Leslie Sands Leslie Sands ... Inspector
Corin Redgrave ... Terry
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Storyline

After Charles Dobbs, a security officer, has a friendly chat with Samuel Fennan from the Foreign Office, the man commits suicide. An anonymous typed letter had been received accusing Fennan of being a Communist during his days at Oxford and their chat while walking in the park was quite amiable. Senior officials want the whole thing swept under the rug and are pleased to leave it as a suicide. Dobbs isn't at all sure as there are a number of anomalies that simply can't be explained away. Dobbs is also having trouble at home with his errant wife, whom he very much loves, having frequent affairs. He's also pleased to see an old friend, Dieter Frey, who he recruited after the war. With the assistance of a colleague and a retired policeman, Dobbs tries to piece together just who is the spy and who in fact assassinated Fennan. Written by garykmcd

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From the author of "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John le Carré's The Deadly Affair See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Actress Candice Bergen was the first choice to play Charles Dobbs' (James Mason's) unfaithful wife Ann Dobbs. The part went to Harriet Andersson. See more »

Quotes

Samuel Fennan: Practically everybody was a member of the party at Oxford in the 30s. Half the present cabinet were party men. You know Mr. Dobbs, when you're young, you hitch the wagon or whatever you believe in to whatever star looks likely it can get the wagon moving. When I was an undergraduate, the wagon was social justice, and the star was Karl Marx. We perambulated with banners. We fed hunger marchers. A few of us fought in Spain. Some of us even wrote poetry. I still believe it was a good wagon, but an...
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Referenced in An Evening with George Smiley (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Needs Forever
(theme song)
Written by Quincy Jones
Sung by Astrud Gilberto
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A movie where the parts, make the sum worth watching
3 September 2003 | by grendel-37See all my reviews

The only reason I have cable is for Turner Classic Movies, and the chance to see, uncut, unedited, uninterrupted; flicks like this. The film is as stated very leisurely paced, but good (bordering on great) performances, a taut, very adult script, and an absolute joy of a soundtrack by the great Quincy Jones keep you watching. Makes this a leisurely stroll you enjoy taking. Listen to the music in the scenes between James Mason and his erstwhile wife [I won't even tell you what's going on between those two, it's just one of the most understated treatments of this subject, and that understatement gives it an outrageous power, as you are just completely agape at James Mason's... restraint] , Quincy is doing magical things. A movie where the parts, make the sum worth watching. Recommended.


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