The Deadly Affair (1966)





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John LeCarre's Call for the Dead was the basis for this gloomy, complex spy story. James Mason plays a British secret agent puzzled by the sudden suicide of Foreign Office higher-up Robert Flemyng. Mason had worked on Flemyng's security clearance himself, and can't fathom what personality quirk he might have missed. The agent suspects that the dead man's wife (Simone Signoret), a concentration camp survivor, may hold the answer to Flemyng's despair, but the Foreign Office wants Mason to drop the case. Mason hires retiring Inspector Harry Andrews to do some private detective work. What Mason and Andrews find out is more insidious than they've imagined; worse, Mason is saddled with a new dilemma--his wife (Harriet Andersson) has been unfaithful with a colleague (Maximillian Schell). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Sony Pictures Entertainment


James Mason
as Charles Dobbs
Simone Signoret
as Elsa Fennan
Maximilian Schell
as Dieter Frey
Harriet Andersson
as Anna Dobbs
Lynn Redgrave
as Virgin
Harry Andrews
as Inspector Mendel
Kenneth Haigh
as Bill Appleby
Roy Kinnear
as Adam Scarr
Max Adrian
as Adviser
Robert Flemyng
as Samuel Fennan
David Warner
as Edward
Michael Bryant
as Gaveston
Paul Hardwick
as Young Mortimer
Charles Kay
as Lightborn
Timothy West
as Matrevis
Les White
as Harek
June Murphy
as Witch
Frank Williams
as Second Witch
John Dimech
as Waiter
Petra Markham
as Daughter at Theater
Dennis Shaw
as Landlord
Amanda Walker
as Brunette
Sheraton Blount
as Eunice Scarr
Janet Hargreaves
as Ticket Clerk
Richard Steele
as Businessman
Gertan Klauber
as Businessman
Margaret Lacey
as Mrs. Bird
Leslie Sands
as Inspector
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Critic Reviews for The Deadly Affair

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Top-notch spy thriller for the thinking man.

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Audience Reviews for The Deadly Affair


Good meditative spy movie full of 60's atmosphere. A low key gem.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Moving in a lunatic pace 'The Deadly Affair' holds a competent suspense with it's great actors and Sidney Lumet at the helm. Alto not as striking as 'Before the Devil Knows You're Dead' nor as memorable as '12 Angry Men', 'The Deadly Affair' is an amusing two-hour flick you won't regret seeing.

Matthew James
Matthew James

Another why-haven't-I-heard-of-this Lumet film. A solid spy thriller, doesn't break to much ground but once again shows that Lumet can tell a great story. After this and the Hill, Harry Andrews is becoming a new favorite actor. Oh yeah, a fantastic 60's jazz score by Quincy Jones.

Grifty G
Grifty G

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