Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Director/Writer: Christopher Hampton
Director of Photography: Denis Lenoir
Editor:George Akers
Production Designer:Caroline Amies
Music:Philip Glass
Producer:Norma Heyman
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.

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