The Deadly Affair

Overview

John LeCarre's Call for the Dead was the basis for this gloomy, complex spy story. James Mason plays a British secret agent puzzled by the sudden suicide of Foreign Office higher-up Robert Flemyng. Mason had worked on Flemyng's security clearance himself, and can't fathom what personality quirk he might have missed. The agent suspects that the dead man's wife Simone Signoret, a concentration camp survivor, may hold the answer to Flemyng's despair, but the Foreign Office wants Mason to drop the case. Mason hires ...
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Overview

John LeCarre's Call for the Dead was the basis for this gloomy, complex spy story. James Mason plays a British secret agent puzzled by the sudden suicide of Foreign Office higher-up Robert Flemyng. Mason had worked on Flemyng's security clearance himself, and can't fathom what personality quirk he might have missed. The agent suspects that the dead man's wife Simone Signoret, a concentration camp survivor, may hold the answer to Flemyng's despair, but the Foreign Office wants Mason to drop the case. Mason hires retiring Inspector Harry Andrews to do some private detective work. What Mason and Andrews find out is more insidious than they've imagined; worse, Mason is saddled with a new dilemma--his wife Harriet Andersson has been unfaithful with a colleague Maximillian Schell.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Sidney Lumet's The Deadly Affair comes out of the same tradition (and from the same source-author) as Martin Ritt's The Spy Who Came In From The Cold -- and it manages to be just as grim and absorbing, even amid the beautiful color cinematography of Freddy Young, who still manages to make London look drab and threatening. James Mason gives a beautifully understated performance as an intelligence agent who finds himself caught amid a bureaucratic maze that may be shielding an intelligence disaster -- one that may be a lot closer to home on two different fronts than he would like to admit. He gets great support from a cast that is more than first rate from top to bottom. The plot may be a little more complicated than devotees of 1960's espionage films are accustomed to seeing, but that's the way with John LeCarre's stories -- this one is a little simpler than The Spy Who Came In From The Cold but also very viscerally compelling, and overall this is about as good an espionage/mystery thriller as came out of anywhere in the decade in which it was made, and even manages to work in some much-needed and welcomed moments of sardonic humor, amid its seriousness -- a difference that might make it preferable to much of its competition of the era, including Ritt's The Spy Who Came In From The Cold.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/23/2010
  • UPC: 043396369467
  • Original Release: 1967
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Language: English
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 19,312

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Charles Dobbs
Simone Signoret Elsa Fennan
Maximilian Schell Dieter Frey
Harriet Andersson Anna Dobbs
Lynn Redgrave Virgin
Harry Andrews Inspector Mendel
Kenneth Haigh Bill Appleby
Roy Kinnear Adam Scarr
Max Adrian Adviser
Robert Flemyng Samuel Fennan
Corin Redgrave David
David Warner Edward
Michael Bryant Gaveston
Paul Hardwick Young Mortimer
Charles Kay Lightborn
Timothy West Matrevis
Les White Harek
June Murphy Witch
Frank Williams Second Witch
John Dimech Waiter
Julian Sherrier Waiter
Petra Markham Daughter at Theater
Dennis Shaw Landlord
Maria Charles Blonde
Amanda Walker Brunette
Sheraton Blount Eunice Scarr
Janet Hargreaves Ticket Clerk
Michael Brennan Barman
Richard Steele Businessman
Gertan Klauber Businessman
Margaret Lacey Mrs. Bird
Murray Brown
William Dysart
David Quilter
Leslie Sands Inspector
Terence Sewards
Astrud Gilberto Singer
Technical Credits
Sidney Lumet Director, Producer
Jill Carpenter Makeup
Thelma Connell Editor
Pamela Cornell Set Decoration/Design
Paul Dehn Screenwriter
John Howell Art Director
Quincy Jones Score Composer
Denis O'Dell Producer
Ted Sturgis Asst. Director
Cynthia Tingey Costumes/Costume Designer
Freddie Young Cinematographer
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