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Poster for The Secret Agent
  • Directed by

    Christopher Hampton

  • Based on the novel by

    Joseph Conrad

  • Screenplay by

    Christopher Hampton

  • Music Composed by

    Philip Glass

  • Theatrical Release Date

    November 8, 1996

  • DVD Release Date

    June 7, 2005

  • Production Companies

    20th Century Fox, Capitol Films, World Film Music Limited

  • Distribution Company

    20th Century Fox

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    The Professor

  • Bob Hoskins


  • Gerard Depardieu


  • Jim Broadbent

    Chief Inspector Heat

  • Christian Bale


  • Patricia Arquette



London of the late 19th century is a haven for political exiles of all sorts--refugees, partisans, anarchists. Verloc has made his living spying for the Russian goverment, an agent provocateur of sorts, while simultaneously providing information to the London police, specifically Chief Inspector Heat. When the new Russian ambassador demands he prove his worth or lose his salary, Verloc sets off a tragic chain of events that involves his pretty young wife Winnie, her retarded brother Stevie, and a figure called the Professor, whose fascination with explosives and destruction makes him the person to call on when Verloc needs a bomb.



  • The Professor

    And I'm sure your death announcement would be more flattering than you deserve. Also, with all consciousness, your friend may try to sort us out. I'm afraid some of you may have been buried with some of me.

  • The Professor

    Remorse is for the weak. And weakness is the source of all the evil on this earth. There's a time coming, sooner better than later, and this will be understood by governments as well as individuals. But there'll be no progress or solutions until you make a rational decision to exterminate the weak. I myself have no future, but I am a force.




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Filming Info

  • Dates

    July 3, 1995 - August 22, 1995

  • Locations

    Leicestershire, UK
    London, UK

International Release Dates

  • Canada

    September 7, 1996 (Toronto International Film Festival)

  • Argentina

    December 5, 1996

  • Spain

    January 29, 1997

  • France

    April 30, 1997

  • Finland

    June 11, 1997 (video premiere)

  • Portugal

    June 13, 1997

  • Australia

    July 10, 1997

  • Sweden

    December 1997 (video premiere)

  • UK

    February 13, 1998

  • Poland

    February 27, 1998

  • Iceland

    August 5, 1998 (video premiere)

  • Singapore

    August 22, 1998 (British Film Festival)

International Titles

  • Argentina / Spain

    El agente secreto

  • Russia

    Секретный агент

  • Finland


  • Germany

    Joseph Conrads Der Geheimagent

  • France

    L'agent secret

  • Portugal

    O Agente Secreto

Fun Facts

Robin was credited in this film under the traditional stage pseudonym of George Spelvin.

Box Office

  • Gross

    $106,606 (USA)

  • Opening Weekend

    $25,909 (6 theaters)

  • Widest Release

    7 theaters

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