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The Cape Town Affair

Released Sep 19, 1967 1h 43m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 32% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
Candy (Jacqueline Bisset) is a courier for a group of Communist spies working in South Africa in the 1960s. Transporting a container of secret microfilm in her purse, Candy boards a bus to her destination. Soon, she realizes her purse has been stolen, along with the precious film inside. Skip McCoy (James Brolin) is the expert pickpocket who grabbed her bag without realizing what he has stolen. Candy attempts to retrieve her package from Skip while police close in on her. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member The Cape Town Affair Not Rated (Killing and guns) - Action and mystery Action Spy Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/15/24 Full Review Steve D Decent but definitely dated. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/17/24 Full Review kevin c When a dashing pickpocket steals top secret microfilm from a woman on a bus, he is pursued by government agents and communists alike. James Brolin and Jacqueline Bissett star in this decent little spy thriller set in South Africa. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Boneyard L This is an indie thriller that does a lot with a small budget. It's a small-scale crime thriller with a ‘60s aesthetic that tries so hard not to overstep its limitations that it forgets to come into its own. There's some witty banter, some clever dodges, and a few scenes of good tension, concluding in a passable, watchable, all-around not worse than pretty good movie. Closest comparison: It's like Charade by way of Three Days of the Condor. Setting: Espionage Plot: Crime Tone: Thriller Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/21 Full Review Audience Member Rare opportunity to see Cape Town circa 1967, also has James Brolin and Jacky Bisset--Pick-Up On De Villiers St!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Choppy, poorly directed remake of Pickup on South Street. James Brolin while attractive is bland in the lead never approaching the lowdown grit that Richard Widmark effortlessly gave the character in the original. This was one of Jacqueline Bisset's first roles and her inexperience is evident although at least part of the blame belongs with the director since her next few films, with stronger directors, show a marked improvement over her work here. Unsurprisingly the best performance in the film comes from Claire Trevor as the frowsy Sam but even she doesn't match the peerless performance of Thelma Ritter, considered by many her best work, in the first film. This was Claire's last film for 15 years until she made a delightful return as Sally Field's mother in Kiss Me Goodbye, a much better film than this, and then permanently retired. As for the rest of the film, everybody else gives terrible performances, scenes either just stop or start with a good deal of narrative flow missing and the photography is washed out and overly bright. Not an estimable credit on anybody's resume. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Candy (Jacqueline Bisset) is a courier for a group of Communist spies working in South Africa in the 1960s. Transporting a container of secret microfilm in her purse, Candy boards a bus to her destination. Soon, she realizes her purse has been stolen, along with the precious film inside. Skip McCoy (James Brolin) is the expert pickpocket who grabbed her bag without realizing what he has stolen. Candy attempts to retrieve her package from Skip while police close in on her.
Director
Robert D. Webb
Screenwriter
Harold Medford, Samuel Fuller
Production Co
Killarney Film Studios, Twentieth Century Fox
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 19, 1967, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
May 4, 2017
Runtime
1h 43m