The Cape Town Affair

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The Cape Town Affair
Directed by Robert D. Webb
Produced by Robert D. Webb
Written by Dwight Taylor
Screenplay by Samuel Fuller
Harold Medford
Starring Claire Trevor
James Brolin
Jacqueline Bisset
Music by Bob Adams
Joe Kentridge
Cinematography David Millin
Edited by Peter Grossett
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • September 19, 1967 (1967-09-19)
Running time
100 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Cape Town Affair is director Robert D. Webb's 1967 glamorized spy film produced by 20th Century Fox at Killarney Film Studios in South Africa. The film stars Claire Trevor, James Brolin and Jacqueline Bisset. The film is a remake of the 1953 picture Pickup on South Street.


South African secret agents try to save a confidential microfilm before the Communists get hold of it.



Some of the Cape Town locations include Long Street, apartments along Beach Road in Mouille Point and Green Point, the harbour docks now within the Waterfront, the town centre near the railway station and city hall.


Commentators describe the film as dull, slow-paced, poorly acted and tedious. The film does, however, paint an interesting picture of life in South Africa under apartheid as seen from the point of view of official government policy. All the leading characters are white and even street scenes contain few non-whites.

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