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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 »

Director:

Gavin Millar

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Denholm Elliott ... George Smiley
Joss Ackland ... Terence Fielding
Glenda Jackson ... Ailsa Brimley
Billie Whitelaw ... Mad Janie
David Threlfall ... Stanley Rode
Ronald Pickup ... Felix D'Arcy
Matthew Scurfield ... Inspector Rigby
Christian Bale ... Tim Perkins
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ... Shane Hecht
Fiona Walker ... Dorothy D'Arcy
Nick Reding Nick Reding ... Sergeant Mellor
Michael Cochrane ... Charles Hecht
Charles Pemberton Charles Pemberton ... Sergeant Ted Mundy
Bill Armstrong Bill Armstrong ... The Reverend Fergus (as William Armstrong)
Moray Watson Moray Watson ... Major Harriman
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Storyline

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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John le Carré's George Smiley Investigates See more »

Genres:

Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato de calidad See more »

Filming Locations:

Sherborne, Dorset, England, UK See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (DVD release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The production filmed in the English county of Dorset. The tele-movie's source novelist John le Carré was born in Poole, Dorset in England, UK. See more »

Quotes

Terence Fielding: We are all common middle class boys with upper class pretensions and third class degrees.
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Referenced in An Evening with George Smiley (2017) See more »

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Muddle of Quality
8 February 2009 | by Jerry-KurjianSee 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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