The ridiculously low prices charged for the DVD of ‚??The Cape Town Affair‚?? should have been a warning. The story seemed promising enough (after all, this is a remake of ‚??Pickup on South Street‚?? from 1953), and indeed it is the lesser of all evils in this movie. Then again, even the story has its flaws, for in its bare essentials, it is far too simple. It‚??s only the smokescreen of people being complicatedly involved in the affair that makes it seem pleasantly intricate. Moreover, there are some elements lacking in clarity and/or logic: you‚??ve got to be pretty gullible not to suspect your ‚??friends‚?? to be commies when there‚??s a Chinaman in the room claiming the microfilm with the secret info. And why did the police cock up in such a way in the end? They exposed their decoy (Candy, played by Jacqueline Bisset) to extreme dangers that could have been avoided. And was Skip McCoy (James Brolin) also cooperating with the police during the final action scene or was he acting on his own accord? Not very clear. For the rest, the movie excels in clumsiness, especially in the actors‚?? performances. I don‚??t know who is the worst performer, but the guy playing Joey (John Whiteley) seems a promising winner in this department. His acting career listed on IMDb says it all. Clumsy action scenes, clumsy recital of lines, silly additional characters (Claire Trevor as Sam, the tie-selling snitch), occasionally silly background music, etc., etc. Brolin and Bisset are giving it their best shot, but they are in no way capable of saving this poor production. The Cape Town images could have soothed some of the viewer‚??s pain, but unfortunately they were few and far between.