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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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Three murders in the first half hour, and that's only the beginning of a sordid settlement
4 November 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This was Bryan Forbers' last film made on his own novel, crowning his life's work of usually rather murky productions, introvert and diffuse but always intelligent and giving plenty to think about, which characteristic this film is something of the crowning effort of. There is nothing wrong with it, the actors are all splendid without exception, the story is a fascinating abyss of regrets, the more effectual than musical score by Ennio Morricone (90 this year) fits it perfectly and enhances certain scenes, but the main character is depressing, sordid and morbid, elements often found in Bryan Forbes' productions.

There is actually not much more to say. It's a kind of settlement with the whole spying business, not only was it Bryan Forbes' last film but also one of the very last performances of Anthony Quayle and made in the last year of the cold war. The film ends with a happy new year (probably 1989) which went to history as the year when the iron curtain went down. Like so many other films and stories from the cold war, especially by John le Carré, it gives a very bitter and humanly hopeless picture of its nature, destroying practically all lives that were involved in it. Just water under the bridge, as George Segal puts it? No, it's slightly worse than that, for there will always be new water dragging down new people into endless tragedies, - which ultimately is what "the endless game" in that business is all about.


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