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A Deadly Game (1979)

Charlie Muffin (original title)
Charlie Muffin, top British Intelligence operative, has just broken up a major Soviet spy network in England. However, a new Director with new ideas takes over and wants Charlie out. But ... See full summary »

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Jack Gold
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Charlie Muffin
Sam Wanamaker ... Ruttgers
Jennie Linden ... Edith
Pinkas Braun ... Valery Kalenin
Ian Richardson ... Cuthbertson
Ralph Richardson ... Sir Archibald Willoughby
Shane Rimmer ... Braley
Tony Mathews Tony Mathews ... Harrison
Christopher Godwin Christopher Godwin ... Snare
Norwich Duff ... Cox
Rohan McCullough Rohan McCullough ... Janet
Donald Churchill ... Wilberforce
Frederick Treves ... Wilcox
Clive Revill ... Berenkov
Phillip Joseph Phillip Joseph ... Bayer (as Philip Joseph)
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Storyline

Charlie Muffin, top British Intelligence operative, has just broken up a major Soviet spy network in England. However, a new Director with new ideas takes over and wants Charlie out. But then a high-ranking Soviet spy-master hints that he wants to defect, and both British Intelligence and the C.I.A. want him and will do anything to get him. Charlie may be the only man who can bring the defection off successfully, but is the whole thing an elaborate set-up? And when your so-called allies are stabbing each other and you in the back to get this prize, whom can Charlie trust on either side? Written by Tony-Scheinman

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Genres:

Thriller

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Details

Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Deadly Game See more »

Filming Locations:

West Berlin, Berlin, Germany See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Euston Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

The VW blown up at the checkpoint was a pre-1970 model, whereas in other scenes it was a post-1970 model. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Snare: So Harrison goes first?
Charlie Muffin: Don't you two have first names? Harrison and Snare, then? Christ, you were at school together!
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Soundtracks

The Metropole
(uncredited)
Music by Paul Lewis
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Great movie for Charlie Muffin fans
4 August 2003 | by SabalonSee all my reviews

I have been a Brian Freemantle/Charlie Muffin fan for years. This is the first Charlie Muffin story, and I was curious how well it would translate over. With the exception of the ending, this movie is very faithful to the book (or my memory of the book).

If you are expecting James Bond, you'll be shocked. The idea behind Charlie is that he is an agent, not a superhero. Plagued by sore feet and disliking guns, he is not your hollywood spy. David Hemmings did a TERRIFIC job in portraying Charlie and giving him an everyman quality.

The only problem I had with the whole movie was the cover shot. It is just too "out of character" looking.


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