Screen Two (1985–2002)
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The story of Anthony Blunt, the "fourth man" in a notorious 1951 spy scandal.

Director:

John Glenister

Writer:

Robin Chapman
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Richardson ... Anthony Blunt
Anthony Hopkins ... Guy Burgess
Michael Williams ... Goronwy Rees
Rosie Kerslake Rosie Kerslake ... Margie Rees
Emma Cottrell Emma Cottrell ... Rees' Child
Casey Doy Casey Doy ... Rees' Child
Geoffrey Chater ... Guy Liddell
Albert Welling ... Vasily
Michael McStay Michael McStay ... Donald MacLean
John Rapley John Rapley ... Postman
Graham Hoadly Graham Hoadly ... Jimmy
Mark Elwes Mark Elwes ... Equerry
Christopher Denham Christopher Denham ... Chauffeur
David Goodwin David Goodwin ... Footman
Tony Scott Tony Scott ... Commissionaire
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The story of Anthony Blunt, the "fourth man" in a notorious 1951 spy scandal.

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1987 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Excellently made film of a very difficult subject.
22 December 2006 | by kovilhelmSee all my reviews

Made in 1985, and set in 1951 with roots 20 years further back. For me the cars and their exhaust note, the floors, sounds of the door latches, and the river, all exude the essences of the times. Anthony Hopkins attention to the detail of language, phrases and words, place his character spot-on in the period. A tremendous success. The capture of social context within the story works as well. Admittedly the plot is torturous and I had to keep backtracking to understand, but to the director's and writer's credit they did not stoop to making things boring by overly long explanations; they kept it fast paced, just like real people would talk, and it is up to me to get up to speed. The second screening was much more enjoyable! A film that is rich in sets and costumes, as well as dialog, period language and plot! A drawing room drama, not an action film; a study of sociological entanglements.


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