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The Deadly Affair (1966)

Thriller | 115 minutes
3,11 33 votes

Genre: Thriller / Drama

Duration: 115 minuten

Country: United Kingdom

Directed by: Sidney Lumet

Stars: James Mason, Simone Signoret and Maximilian Schell

IMDb score: 6,7 (4.026)

Releasedate: 13 May 1966

The Deadly Affair plot

"From the author of "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold""

Samuel Fennan, head of department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is suspected of having links with the Eastern Bloc countries and commits suicide. Wanting to avoid a scandal, the British government orders secret agent Charles Dobbs to investigate the case discreetly. However, Dobbs discovers some curious facts.

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avatar van jordybeukeboom


  • 6793 messages
  • 2422 votes

Enjoyable by Mason, the beautiful music and the special atmosphere. The story is a bit muddled, cumbersome and drawn out

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avatar van mrklm


  • 7578 messages
  • 7878 votes

Extremely entertaining film adaptation of a book by John Le Carré with James Mason as journalist Charles Dobbs who senses danger when a political operative accused of ties to the Communist Party he has just interviewed is found dead in his home the next day. Investigation soon indicates that it was suicide, but Charles does not believe it and investigates, especially when the widow [Simone Signoret] thinks that Charles has driven her husband to suicide. Meanwhile, Charles struggles with his adulterous wife [Harriett Andersson] and his affair with Dieter Frey [Maximilian Schell], an old friend who pays an unexpected visit.

Mason is an underrated actor who shows his versatility here as the emotionally complex protagonist. Andersson and Schell give good counterplay and Harry Andrews is fine in an unusual role for him as a cop who doesn't give a damn. Sidney Lumet keeps the film lively and makes excellent use of the locations and there's a lovely Hamlet-esque finale at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

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avatar van scorsese


  • 11584 messages
  • 10071 votes

Excellent film in which a secret agent investigates an official that goes wrong. This sometimes somewhat strange spy thriller has an entertaining plot and is clearly a product of its time (which is meant positively). Shot in a fairly raw manner with gritty locations and beautiful camera work. Excellent acting from the entire cast.

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