Spy Story

Film, Thrillers

Time Out says

Len Deighton's cold and vivid view of cynical power-mongering, his existential anti-heroes coopted forcibly into a labyrinthine and rigid power structure, translated an American idiom into a specifically British context. It is an acerbic distillation that should have fuelled a far richer strand of cinema than it has. Shonteff's film catches Deighton's nuances of power and corruption, but sequences that do for starters hardly work as a continuing ploy; and soon characters are locked in limp confrontation, exchanging increasingly cryptic chunks of information while the plot works towards total incomprehensibility.


Release details

102 mins

Cast and crew

Lindsay Shonteff
Michael Petrovitch
Philip Latham
Don Fellows
Michael Gwynne
Nicholas Parsons
Tessa Wyatt
Derren Nesbitt