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The Secret Agent Details


In this adaptation of the novel by Joseph Conrad, Mr. Verloc (Bob Hoskins) runs a shabby corner shop in London that serves as a front for his more profitable sideline, selling pornography. However, selling sex photos is not Verloc's main order of business; he is a member of an anarchist organization, and he holds meetings in his apartment where he and his fellows plot the violent overthrow of the government. Verloc does not actually share the beliefs of his fellows -- he is in fact a double agent working with the Russians to sabotage the actions of revolutionary exiles while passing information about the anarchists along to Police Inspector Heat (Jim Broadbent). Verloc is married to Winnie (Patricia Arquette), a pretty but dour young woman who doesn't care for her husband and has married only in hopes that she would be able to afford a decent home for her brother Stevie (Christian Bale), who is mentally retarded. Inspector Heat informs Verloc that the anarchists must commit some sort of major violent action soon if the police are ever going to put any of them behind bars, so Verloc persuades the Professor (Robin Williams) to help him plant some bombs, which leads to tragedy for everyone involved. Robin Williams appears unbilled in The Secret Agent; in some listings, his role is credited to George Spelvin. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


Bob Hoskins
as Mr. Verloc
Patricia Arquette
as Winnie Verloc
Gérard Depardieu
as Ossipon
Robin Williams
as The Professor
George Spelvin
as Professor
Jim Broadbent
as Chief Inspector Heat
Christian Bale
as Stevie
Eddie Izzard
as Vladimir
Peter Vaughan
as The Driver
Elizabeth Spriggs
as Winnie's mother
Julian Wadham
as The Assistant Commissioner
Elizabeth Spriggs
as Winnie's mother
Julian Wadham
as The Assistant Commissioner
Peter Vaughan
as The Driver


Christopher Hampton
Norma Heyman
Christopher Hampton
Denis Lenoir
Philip Glass
Philip Glass
Composer (Music Score)
George Akers
Caroline Amies
Production Designer
Frank Walsh
Art Director
Joyce Herlihy
Bob Hoskins
Executive Producer
Anushia Nieradzik
Costume Designer
Guy Travers
First Assistant Director
Janey Fothergill