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Line in the Sand
     

A Line in the Sand

Director: James Hawes

Cast: Ross Kemp, Saskia Reeves, Mark Bazeley

 
English agriculture equipment salesman Gavin Hughes (Ross Kemp) is recruited by a British-U.S. intelligence agency to report what he learns during a business trip to Iran. His information is used to blow up a bus carrying 24 of Iran's scientists working on weapons of mass destruction. Needless to say, the Iranians are pretty upset with Gavin. Once back in England,

Overview

English agriculture equipment salesman Gavin Hughes (Ross Kemp) is recruited by a British-U.S. intelligence agency to report what he learns during a business trip to Iran. His information is used to blow up a bus carrying 24 of Iran's scientists working on weapons of mass destruction. Needless to say, the Iranians are pretty upset with Gavin. Once back in England, Gavin is compelled to leave his (cheating) wife and son, and assume a new identity in a different town. Four years later, Gavin is living a quiet life in a seaside village with a new woman and her son when the Iranians learn of his new identity as Frank Perry. The Iranians dispatch their arch assassin, the Anvil, to kill him. Intelligence sources discover the Anvil's intents and work to protect Gavin/Frank, but it may be a matter of too little firepower against a malevolent terrorist.

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All Movie Guide
This is how a spy movie should work. More coherent than Ludlum, better paced than LeCarre, more realistic than Clancy, A Line in the Sand is based on the novel by Gerald Seymour and the film successfully transfers the elegant literary devices of its best-selling source. Espionage clichés are eschewed, replaced by suffocating reality as Gavin Hughes' dangerous past catches up to him. The reaction of the villagers to the influx of armored protection is particularly poignant and comes about completely naturally. Ross Kemp plays the reluctant hero with a bit of a Bob Hoskins approach, and it works wonderfully as he elicits sympathy with each new development. The rest of the cast is top-notch as well. There is never a dull moment in the drama as each scene relies on the next to ratchet the tension. The tragic ending won't be for all tastes, but it feels real, sadly enough.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/18/2002
UPC:
0619935405530
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mti Home Video
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

Interactive menus; Scene selection; Trailers; Optional Spanish subtitles; Cast bios

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Mission [4:37]
2. Iran [5:50]
3. Conference [5:22]
4. Frank [6:32]
5. New Life [2:42]
6. Dinner [3:25]
7. Future [8:01]
8. Protection [5:09]
9. Truth [3:50]
10. Intelligence [5:31]
11. Preparation [6:00]
12. Terror [5:31]
13. Backup [4:17]
14. Manhunt [5:34]
15. Track [4:44]
16. Protest [5:51]
17. Unprotected [5:58]
18. Found [3:55]
19. Confrontation [5:38]
20. Credits [1:02]

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