The Cape Town Affair

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After a purse is stolen on a South African bus, this tale is set in motion--involving secret information and communist espionage.

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  • Jan 31, 2012
    Choppy, poorly directed remake of Pickup on South Street. James Brolin while attractive is bland in the lead never approaching the lowdown grit that Richard Widmark effortlessly gave the character in the original. This was one of Jacqueline Bisset's first roles and her inexperience is evident although at least part of the blame belongs with the director since her next few films, with stronger directors, show a marked improvement over her work here. Unsurprisingly the best performance in the film comes from Claire Trevor as the frowsy Sam but even she doesn't match the peerless performance of Thelma Ritter, considered by many her best work, in the first film. This was Claire's last film for 15 years until she made a delightful return as Sally Field's mother in Kiss Me Goodbye, a much better film than this, and then permanently retired. As for the rest of the film, everybody else gives terrible performances, scenes either just stop or start with a good deal of narrative flow missing and the photography is washed out and overly bright. Not an estimable credit on anybody's resume.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2011
    A very young James Brolin and a young and beautiful Jacqueline Bisset play in this Communist Espionage film. Yes communist have invaded South Africa and there after micro fish film that James Brolin lifted in Jacqueline Bissetts purse. Everyone is after James the cops, international security and the communist. It appears to be a movie for late night TV. Amazing to see the American Cars that at onetime lined the streets of international locations. That's what's wrong with America today, But the film is worth 3 stars.
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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