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Could have been so much more,
This review is from: The Quiller Memorandum  [DVD] (DVD)
This seems to have it all: Pinter writing the script, Guiness, von Sydow, John Barry score, and filmed on location in Berlin. But it doesn't quite work. This is partly because the source material is superb, but not easily filmable, especially some of the tricky stuff at the end. But it's mainly through the miscasting of George Segal as Quiller. He's very different from the Quiller of the novels, but that could have worked: there's a marked difference between Sean Connery and Ian Fleming's James Bond, for example, but both work. Segal's Quiller just doesn't work, though: he's too glib and flip to be convincing as the agent who is doing what he does in this film. I think the script just plays against his style so much that it is distracting. The plot is also just very hard to follow. It is at times in the book, as well, but reading a book is a different experience. Read the novels if you haven't, though: they are stunning.