The Human Factor (1979)


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This routine espionage drama is based on a novel by Graham Greene about a low-level British informant who is caught in a trap. Castle (Nicol Williamson) has a desk job in British intelligence. Around him are heavyweights like Col. Daintry (Richard Attenborough), Sir John Hargreaves (Richard Vernon), and Percival (Robert Morley) who will cold-bloodedly stop at nothing to do their jobs as they see fit. And Castle certainly is a nobody compared to them. One day when a friend of his in Africa needs … More

Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Powell, Tom Hunter
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 31, 2006
Live Home Video


as John Kinsdale

as Mike McAllister

as Dr. Lupo

as Gen. Fuller

as Taylor

as Ann Kinsdale

as Mark Kinsdale

as Jeffrey Kinsdale

as Linda Kinsdale

as Eddy Fonseca

as Carter, CIA

as Mrs. Simpson

as Mr. Gerardi

as Mrs. Gerardi

as Alice Gerardi

as Rodney Gerardi

as Sandra Pallavicini

as CIA Man

as Lupo's Driver

as Col. John Daintry

as Cornelius Muller

as Brigadier Tomlinson

as Arthur Davis

as Doctor Percival

as Castle's Mother

as Maurice Castle

as Sir John Hargreaves

as Sarah

as Messenger

as Dr. Barker

as Mary Hargreaves

as Halliday

as Cunthia

as Shop Assistant

as Elizabeth

as Matthew Connolly

as Tall Man

as Policeman

as Ferguson

as General Phipps

as Mrs. Halliday

as Inspector Butler
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Critic Reviews for The Human Factor

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

This rigorous, compelling, radically stylized film represents the end point in a line of development that Otto Preminger had been pursuing since the late 60s.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Director Preminger was handed his first project in five years, a great cast, and good material (based on a Graham Greene novel), and he came up with this anemic little thriller.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A pointless film that valued computers more than it does people.

Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An OK revenge thriller that's helped immensely by George Kennedy's sympathetic lead performance. However, there's too much talk and not enough action.

February 15, 2006

The film is a triumph of missed opportunities, miscasting and misdirection, excused, if at all, by the fact that money ran out and Otto had to hock some paintings to finish it.

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

July 5, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Human Factor


Another great film from director Otto Preminger. It takes some time to get into the story, but after a while it becomes intriguing and unpredictable. Great acting, photography and music.

Stefan P

Super Reviewer

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