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A Murder of Quality (1991)

Taken from the book by John le Carré, 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
William Armstrong William Armstrong ... The Reverend Fergus
Moray Watson Moray Watson ... Major Harriman
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Storyline

Taken from the book by John le Carré, 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 brutualy 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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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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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (DVD release)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Rupert Davies was the first actor to play'John le Carré''s famous George Smiley in The Spy Who Came In from the Cold (1965); James Mason was the second actor to play George Smiley character on screen and TV in The Deadly Affair (1967) though the character was renamed Charles Dobbs; Sir Alec Guinness was the third, he played him twice, in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (1979) and Smiley's People (1982); Denholm Elliott was the fourth actor to play Smiley in A Murder of Quality (1991); whilst Gary Oldman was the fifth actor to play George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011). See more »

Quotes

Terence Fielding: We are all common middle class boys with upper class pretensions and third class degrees.
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Connections

Referenced in An Evening with George Smiley (2017) See more »

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Well Crafted Mystery
4 November 2008 | by petsteph1See all my reviews

I saw this recently and remembered how good English TV drama can be. Denholm Elliot's Smiley is so good that I didn't even feel urged to compare it with Alec Guinness'. They both took the character on so well that in each case it was a very complete performance. They both captured the deceptively calm and inoffensive persona - and the sharp biting anger that seems to come from nowhere. The story is good, the mood and supporting cast are all tops. Some of the answers to the mystery can be picked up early on but who cares? The entire production is so well crafted that it's a pleasure just watching it all roll out scene by scene.


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