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Christopher Hampton

The secret agent

Edition 1996
95' - 1996 - Drama, Thriller - Dialogue: English
Director: Christopher Hampton Composer: Philip Glass With: Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette, Gérard Depardieu
Based on Joseph Conrad's masterpiece, this compelling psychological thriller set in 19th century London tells the story of a secret agent provocateur Adolf Verloc. He is secretly working for the police and a "foreign power" while ostensibly he is a member of an anarchist group in Soho. He is required by his masters to betray the anarchists in some spectacular way. The plan goes horribly wrong, and the repercussions for him and his wife Winnie are dramatically different from those that Verloc intended. He gets lured into a labyrinth of corruption and destroys everything in life he values. Betrayal, both personal and professional, has dramatic consequences in this moving account of greed, sacrifice and the loss of true love.

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Christopher Hampton


Philip Glass


Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette, Gérard Depardieu


Christopher Hampton

Director of Photography

Denis Lenoir


George Akers


Norma Heyman

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Countries of production

United Kingdom

Screenplay based on

"The secret agent: a simple tale" (Joseph Conrad)



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