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The Secret Agent (1996)

London of the late 19th century is a haven for political exiles of all sorts - refugees, partisans, anarchists. Verloc has made his living spying for the Russian government, an agent ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Hoskins ... Verloc
Patricia Arquette ... Winnie
Gérard Depardieu ... Ossipon
Jim Broadbent ... Chief Inspector Heat
Christian Bale ... Stevie
Roger Hammond ... Mr. Michaelis
Eddie Izzard ... Vladimir
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek ... Yundt
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ... Ticket Clerk
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Winnie's Mother
Peter Vaughan ... The Driver
Julian Wadham ... The Assistant Commissioner
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Storyline

London of the late 19th century is a haven for political exiles of all sorts - refugees, partisans, anarchists. Verloc has made his living spying for the Russian government, an agent provocateur of sorts, while simultaneously providing information to the London police, specifically Chief Inspector Heat. When the new Russian ambassador demands he prove his worth or lose his salary, Verloc sets off a tragic chain of events that involves his pretty young wife Winnie, her intellectually disabled brother Stevie, and a figure called the Professor, whose fascination with explosives and destruction makes him the person to call on when Verloc needs a bomb. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some moments of violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$106,606, 31 December 1996
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Bob Hoskins was originally set to direct as well. See more »

Quotes

The Professor: Pull yourself together. Remorse is for the weak and weakness is the source of all evil on this Earth. There's a time coming - and it's gonna be sooner rather than later - when this will be understood by governments and individuals: that there can be no progress and no solutions until you make a rational decision to exterminate the weak.
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Version of The Secret Agent (1975) See more »

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Never More Timely
8 March 2003 | by dot-20See all my reviews

"I have no future, but I am a force," says the Robin Williams character, minutes before he completes his mission. A chilling glimpse into the mind of the fanatic. Superb performances by almost everyone (Eddie Izzard does the most unconvincing accent since the last time John Malkovich played an Englishman), a great score by Philip Glass, and the last five minutes will freeze your blood. (Two Academy Award winners here, and neither of them is Bob Hoskins -- what is wrong with those people in Hollywood?)


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