The Cape Town Affair

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.[1]

The Cape Town Affair
Directed byRobert D. Webb
Produced byRobert D. Webb
Written byDwight Taylor
Screenplay bySamuel Fuller
Harold Medford
StarringClaire Trevor
James Brolin
Jacqueline Bisset
Music byBob Adams
Joe Kentridge
CinematographyDavid Millin
Edited byPeter Grossett
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • September 19, 1967 (1967-09-19)
Running time
100 min.
CountryUnited States

It was Brolin's first starring role. Both he and Bisset were under contract to Fox. He later said "I didn't like it much but we [he and Bisset] weren't bad."[2]


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.[3]

See also


  1. CAPE TOWN AFFAIR, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 36, Iss. 420, (Jan 1, 1969): 8.
  2. BIDING HIS TIME: James Brolin Looking for Role Outside Weekly TV Rut Murphy, Mary B. Los Angeles Times 2 Sep 1970: h17.
  3. FILM AS EVIDENCE, FILM AS HISTORY AND FILM IN HISTORY: SOME AFRICAN PERSPECTIVES Bickford-Smith, Vivian. African Research & Documentation; London Iss. 110, (2009): 17-27.
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