Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent
|Director/Writer:|| Christopher Hampton|
|Director of Photography:|| Denis Lenoir|
|Production Designer:||Caroline Amies|
|Fox Searchlight; R; 94 minutes|
|Cast:||Bob Hoskins, Patricia Arquette, Gérard Depardieu, Robin Williams, Christian Bale and Eddie Izzard|
|Based on the novel by Joseph Conrad|
For a film with anarchists, spies and terrorists as its central characters, The Secret Agent is oddly apolitical. Politics is secondary to the loveless marriage of Winnie (Arquette) and Verloc (Hoskins), a loathsome Brit who holds anarchist meetings in his porn shop and then reports the proceedings to the police. Williams, in an unbilled role, is the one character to portray a sinister baseness lacking in the other characters.