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The Endless Game 

A British Agent comes back from retirement, after several of his former colleagues, including his former lover, are murdered. He must examine events from his own past to determine who killed them, and why.
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Albert Finney ...  Alec Hillsden 2 episodes, 1989
George Segal ...  Mr. Miller 2 episodes, 1989
Monica Guerritore ...  Silvia 2 episodes, 1989
Ian Holm ...  Control 2 episodes, 1989
Kristin Scott Thomas ...  Caroline 2 episodes, 1989
Benedick Blythe ...  Gunther 2 episodes, 1989
Julian Holloway ...  Waddington 2 episodes, 1989
Michael Medwin ...  Bayldon 2 episodes, 1989
John Standing ...  Belfrage 2 episodes, 1989
Sandor Elès ...  Hansel 2 episodes, 1989
Pamela Armstrong Pamela Armstrong ...  TV Newscaster 2 episodes, 1989
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A British Agent comes back from retirement, after several of his former colleagues, including his former lover, are murdered. He must examine events from his own past to determine who killed them, and why.

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There are no rules. There is only survival.


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PG-13
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Country:

UK | Italy

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English

Release Date:

31 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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The Endless Game See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Belfrage: What do you believe in, Hillsden?
Alec Hillsden: Religion, you mean?
Belfrage: No, belief. What holds you together?
Alec Hillsden: Oh, that. I believe in evil, plain old-fashioned evil. That way you're never disappointed. Expect the worst, the rest is a bonus.
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Not Just Another Film About Espionage.
10 March 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

That cinema genre dealing with international espionage is very extensively represented, with the featured characters frequently depicted as cartoonish latter-day supermen, such as Ian Fleming's James Bond, or burnt-out cases as in filmizations of John Le Carré's largely lustreless works. This is the first espionage themed film from director Bryan Forbes, and his final work at the helm, Forbes neatly converting much of the potent content and tone of his own novel, a brilliantly constructed effort that moves into the realm of literature rather than mere entertainment. Albert Finney is cast as Alec Hillsden, a "retired'' MI6 operative called back because of the murder of an erstwhile flame of his, a former agent named Caroline (Kristin Scott Thomas) who had been working within the Crown's Austrian network when she was taken by the Soviets, "debriefed" and, when emptied of intelligence, exchanged for an enemy spy. As Caroline had been reduced to an embodied vegetative condition due to a unique method of torture, her murder upon its surface would seem to be without much point; however, as Alec discovers, betrayal is one of the more prevalent elements found within the endless game that he and his peers are playing. Finney, a superlative actor, gives a remarkable performance as an agent who will take extreme measures to discover a rationale behind his late love's demise, while virtually each member of the cast is impressive in a well-paced film. Production values are quite high with noteworthy camera and lighting composition provided by Brian Tufano, high-grade production design by Maurice Cain, as well as the perfect costuming of Janty Yates; post-production sound editing is telling with a use of silence of equal importance to the Ennio Morricone score, while Forbes and Tufano warrant that editing and montage are appropriate for this crisply rhythmed affair. Forbes' film, as with his novel, offers increasing pleasure with each sampling, each creation pleasingly literate, as exemplified by Hillsden's citation of L.P. Hartley's opening lines from his novel "The Go-Between", an oft-quoted phrase most applicable for this piece as a whole: "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."


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