The Deadly Affair

The usual John Le Carré net of intrigue, betrayal and death (based on his Call for the Dead) as Mason's Foreign Office security inspector investigates a colleague's suicide and finds himself under threat from an espionage ring. Lumet handles the atmosphere and performances with solid professionalism, and manages to tease out emotional strands from the knotty plotting; but there's no denying it's all been done before and since, even if rarely so efficiently.

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Duration: 107 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Sidney Lumet
Screenwriter: Paul Dehn
Cast: James Mason
Simone Signoret
Maximilian Schell
Harriet Andersson
Harry Andrews
Kenneth Haigh
Roy Kinnear
Max Adrian
Lynn Redgrave
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