Secret Agent

The Secret Agent

Director: Christopher Hampton

Cast: Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette, Gérard Depardieu

     
 

In this adaptation of the novel by Joseph Conrad, Mr. Verloc (Bob Hoskins) runs a shabby corner shop in London that serves as a front for his more profitable sideline, selling pornography. However, selling sex photos is not Verloc's main order of business; he is a member of an anarchist organization, and he holds meetings in his apartment where he and his fellows plot…  See more details below

Overview

In this adaptation of the novel by Joseph Conrad, Mr. Verloc (Bob Hoskins) runs a shabby corner shop in London that serves as a front for his more profitable sideline, selling pornography. However, selling sex photos is not Verloc's main order of business; he is a member of an anarchist organization, and he holds meetings in his apartment where he and his fellows plot the violent overthrow of the government. Verloc does not actually share the beliefs of his fellows -- he is in fact a double agent working with the Russians to sabotage the actions of revolutionary exiles while passing information about the anarchists along to Police Inspector Heat (Jim Broadbent). Verloc is married to Winnie (Patricia Arquette), a pretty but dour young woman who doesn't care for her husband and has married only in hopes that she would be able to afford a decent home for her brother Stevie (Christian Bale), who is mentally retarded. Inspector Heat informs Verloc that the anarchists must commit some sort of major violent action soon if the police are ever going to put any of them behind bars, so Verloc persuades the Professor (Robin Williams) to help him plant some bombs, which leads to tragedy for everyone involved. Robin Williams appears unbilled in The Secret Agent; in some listings, his role is credited to George Spelvin.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2005
UPC:
0024543173359
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:36:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bob Hoskins Mr. Verloc
Patricia Arquette Winnie Verloc
Gérard Depardieu Ossipon
George Spelvin Professor
Robin Williams The Professor
Jim Broadbent Chief Inspector Heat
Christian Bale Stevie
Eddie Izzard Vladimir
Julian Wadham The Assistant Commissioner

Technical Credits
Christopher Hampton Director,Screenwriter
George Akers Editor
Caroline Amies Production Designer
Janey Fothergill Casting
Philip Glass Score Composer,Songwriter
Joyce Herlihy Co-producer
Norma Heyman Producer
Bob Hoskins Executive Producer
Denis Lenoir Cinematographer
Peter Lindsay Sound/Sound Designer
Anushia Nieradzik Costumes/Costume Designer
Guy Travers Asst. Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Screen
1. Main Titles
2. Moving Day
3. A Bit of a Burden
4. Bedtime
5. No Work, No Pay
6. The First Meridian
7. Home Life
8. Always Prepared
9. The Investigation
10. Playing Both Sides
11. A Trusting Wife
12. Special Crimes
13. A Simple Boy
14. Grief-Stricken
15. Woman in Black
16. For Stevie
17. Desperate Plea
18. The Legacy
19. Anarchy Rules
20. End Titles
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles
2. Moving Day
3. A Bit of a Burden
4. Bedtime
5. No Work, No Pay
6. The First Meridian
7. Home Life
8. Always Prepared
9. The Investigation
10. Playing Both Sides
11. A Trusting Wife
12. Special Crimes
13. A Simple Boy
14. Grief-Stricken
15. Woman in Black
16. For Stevie
17. Desperate Plea
18. The Legacy
19. Anarchy Rules
20. End Titles

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