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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 some help, Castle is conned into supplying the Eastern block countries with info on demand. No one suspects him because of his low position, but when his office partner is hauled off, Castle begins to rethink his situation. This was director Otto Preminger's last film. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovimore
Rating: R (adult situations)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Written By: Peter Powell
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 31, 2006
Live Home Video


George Kennedy
as John Kinsdale
John Mills
as Mike McAllister
Raf Vallone
as Dr. Lupo
Arthur Franz
as Gen. Fuller
Tom Hunter
as Taylor
Fiamma Verges
as Ann Kinsdale
Danny Houston
as Mark Kinsdale
Ricky Harrison
as Jeffrey Kinsdale
Hillary Lief
as Linda Kinsdale
Robert Lowell
as Eddy Fonseca
Shane Rimmer
as Carter, CIA
Anne Ferguson
as Mrs. Simpson
Lewis Charles
as Mr. Gerardi
Corinne Dunne
as Mrs. Gerardi
Sharon Kellogg
as Alice Gerardi
Eugene Wade
as Rodney Gerardi
Conchita Airoldi
as Sandra Pallavicini
Joe Jenkins
as CIA Man
Vincenzo Crocitti
as Lupo's Driver
Richard Attenborough
as Col. John Daintry
Joop Doderer
as Cornelius Muller
John Gielgud
as Brigadier Tomlinson
Derek Jacobi
as Arthur Davis
Robert Morley
as Doctor Percival
Ann Todd
as Castle's Mother
Nicol Williamson
as Maurice Castle
Richard Vernon
as Sir John Hargreaves
as Sarah
Ken Jones
as Messenger
Anthony Woodruff
as Dr. Barker
Angela Thorne
as Mary Hargreaves
Paul Curran
as Halliday
Cyd Hayman
as Cunthia
Paul Seed
as Shop Assistant
Fiona Fullerton
as Elizabeth
Tony Vogel
as Matthew Connolly
Leon Greene
as Tall Man
Sean Caffrey
as Policeman
Clifford Earl
as Ferguson
Tom Chatto
as General Phipps
Sylvia Coleridge
as Mrs. Halliday
Denys Hawthorne
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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