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  • Actors: Denholm Elliott, Joss Ackland, Glenda Jackson, Billie Whitelaw, David Threlfall
  • Directors: Gavin Millar
  • Writers: John le Carré
  • Producers: Brian Walcroft, Eric Abraham
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Dec. 2004
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00061QJ8A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,181 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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111 of 115 people found the following review helpful By sydneyemms on 29 Jun. 2004
Format: DVD
When casting this drama ITV, in a casting coup, were determind to get Alec Guinness to reprise the role of George Smiley. For once the character of George Smiley isn't investigating spies or dark state secrets but the mysterious death and goings on at a private school where an old friend of his now works. ITV certainly assembled a very strong cast for the film, Ronald Pickup, Glenda Jackson, Joss Ackland and in one of her earliest, and most revealing roles, Samantha Janus.
Unfortunately they couldn't persuade Guinness to reprise part and cast Denholm Elliot instead.
While unable to convey the sad and sweet blankness that Guinness brought to the character Elliot instead plays Smiley as a seedier, angrier man. The bitterness on the surface. A man determind to find the truth, no matter what the cost.
Performances from all the cast are excellent. Ronald Pickup is especially good and Samantha Janus is sweet in this early performance.
It's only the story, a simple tale of murder and betrayal that is the problem. It is slighter and less complex tale than audiences expected. So unlike 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' and 'Smiley's People' it is largely forgotten.
However fans of Le Carre and such murder mystery series as 'Midsomer Murders' and 'Inspector Morse' will find much to enjoy here.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
Stella Rode, the wife of the new junior master at Carne School, just doesn't fit in. Carne is a British prep school with a history of preparing the sons of the upper class for lives of service and privilege. The teachers at Carne are part of this upper-class world, smug in their superiority and condescending toward those who don't fit in. Stella Rode wears her Christian beliefs on her sleeve. She does good works, collects clothes for the needy, often has a superior air about her. She also searches out secrets, uses gossip and anonymous letters to bring retribution, and doesn't hesitate to destroy a career. One night, she is beaten to death.

Days before, she wrote to Ailsa Brimley (Glenda Jackson), a relative who had experience in the war, that she feared for her life and that she suspected her husband. Ailsa contacted a colleague who, like Ailsa, was now retired, but who had also done things in the war which people didn't refer to. His name is George Smiley (Denholm Elliot).

Ailsa convinces George to go to Carne and see what is worrying Stella Rode. By the time he arrives, Rode has been killed and the police suspect her husband. Smiley isn't so sure and decides to stay a few days. He is cooly welcomed by the other masters, including house master Terence Fielding (Joss Ackland) who is shortly to retire. Smiley, a quiet, middle-aged man who is easy to underestimate, begins noticing things. What happened to the bloody outer garments the murderer must have worn? What exactly was used to beat Stella Rode to death? Where exactly did Stanley Rode leave his briefcase that night, and why did it seem so heavy? What are the relationships between some of the teachers, and, perhaps, between some of the teachers and the boys they teach?
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By lizzardlives on 23 Feb. 2012
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sharp writing, well that's kind of a given; casting first class with Denhom Elliott, Joss Ackland - who steals the show with his larger than life hair and presence - Glenda Jackson, and David Threfall to name just a few of the understated right on the money performances. the school is a seething mess of nasty undercurrents, jealousy and contempt and Smiley with his usual nondescript doggedness, digs up the canker and exposes the rot. This was written before Tinker Tailor and sets the stage for the Smiley that is to come. BTW it features and young and talented, Christian Bale :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. J. Tennant on 18 Sept. 2013
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In this adaptation of John Le Carre's novel "A Murder of Quality", Denholm Elliott played the accomplished spy master George Smiley, the role previously played by Sir Alec Guinness in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" and the follow-up "Smiley's People" which are also excellent. Apparently Sir Alec Guinness was persuaded to reprise his role as George Smiley for A Murder of Quality but he turned it down, and so Denholm Elliott was chosen for the role in this drama, produced in 1991 by Portobello Productions for Thames Television. As well as the novel, John Le Carre also wrote the screenplay for A Murder of Quality.

**THIS MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS** (this is the plot for the novel rather than the screenplay, just in case parts of the storyline in the screenplay differ from that in the novel):

George Smiley is called by a wartime colleague, Miss Brimley, who now publishes a small Christian magazine, to investigate a "death menace" letter sent by a reader who claims her husband, a boarding school teacher, is trying to kill her. Terence Fielding, the brother of a classics professor who was one of Smiley's close wartime associates in the Circus, is also a teacher at the school where the woman's husband teaches, the famous Carne College. Unfortunately, the woman is killed before Smiley can even talk to her, and Smiley goes to the school to investigate, in an effort to ease Miss Brimley's concern that her failure to call the police was a cause of the woman's death.

The town of Carne was the youthful home of Smiley's estranged wife Ann, and Smiley is both the subject of snide gossip and witness to a rural "town and gown" gap (with mistrust on both sides) that makes finding the killer seem more and more unlikely.
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