The Strange Affair

  • Film
  • Thrillers
0 Love It
York plays a solemn young constable new to the Metropolitan Police who is convinced that right is right, but gradually discovers that life just isn't like that; caught in a squeeze, he takes one hapless step after another, until the bitterly cynical ending has him languishing in jail while the particularly vicious gang of crooks go free. Essentially it's a well-written anecdote about police manners and methods, straight out of some TV cop series, but as viewed by Greene's wilfully wayward camera, it becomes a bizarre, quirkishly funny thriller which laces its documentary surface with a fine grain of fantasy. Much of Greene's later work disappointed, but here he displays a visual flair (gang violence in an echoing warehouse, murder among the wrecked cars in a scrapheap, seduction in a fantastically opulent boudoir) that would not entirely have shamed Welles in his Lady from Shanghai mood.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: David Greene
Screenwriter: Stanley Mann
Cast: Michael York
Jeremy Kemp
Susan George
Jack Watson
George A Cooper
Artro Morris
Barry Fantoni
Nigel Davenport
Madge Ryan

Average User Rating

5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:1
  • 4 star:0
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
  • 1 star:0
LiveReviews|2
1 person listening
Jon Sherwood

I saw this film in Germany in the late 60's, it had a lasting effect on me, not least in the fact that 40 years on I still recall it. To my innocent 18 yr old mind it was frightening, exciting and enthralling. There was nothing else like it in the cinena at the time and yet there was no great fuss about its existence or content at the time and it has 'ceased to exist' since. I find it intriguing that it is impossible to obtain this film anywhere today, it was a true British classic but it is now as if it never existed.

Jon Sherwood

I saw this film in Germany in the late 60's, it had a lasting effect on me, not least in the fact that 40 years on I still recall it. To my innocent 18 yr old mind it was frightening, exciting and enthralling. There was nothing else like it in the cinena at the time and yet there was no great fuss about its existence or content at the time and it has 'ceased to exist' since. I find it intriguing that it is impossible to obtain this film anywhere today, it was a true British classic but it is now as if it never existed.