George Roy Hill has made a disappointingly flat film adaptation of one of John Le Carre’s top novels, The Little Drummer Girl. Overlong and, for the most part, Indifferently staged on a multitude of foreign locales, pic can’t help but intrigue due to the intense subject matter, that of complex Israeli and Palestinian espionage and terrorism.
Diane Keaton plays the role of Charlie, in the book a virulently pro-Palestinian British actress generally agreed to have been inspired by Vanessa Redgrave.
No matter, though, for events quickly take Keaton out of the UK. A team of Israeli operatives, led by the supremely self-confident Klaus Kinski, recruits her in Greece, breaks down Her Arab sympathies and eventually puts her in place as an ideal agent.
Keaton’s loud, pushy, erratic showbiz character isn’t all that easy to warm up to.