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Defense Of The Realm

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This fast-paced thriller examines the amorality of a nation's secret services and the responsibility of journalistic investigations in an era of nuclear tensions and bureaucratic deceit. The film examines an unspooling series of events occurring after a near crash of a nuclear bomber at an American air force base in the English countryside. When Dennis Markham (Ian Bannen), a well-respected member of Parliament is reported by a London paper to have been seen leaving a woman's home, and the woman is found to also ...
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Sealed in manufacturer's shrinkwrap with UPC number on top seal. Fast shipping. A journalist-in-over-his-head thriller, Defense of the Realm is a taut, tightly plotted ... conspiracy film that is very cerebral. Realm's intricate plot is filled with labyrinthine twists and turns that will delight and dazzle aficionados of the "why did that happen and what does it mean" school. And director David Drury directs Realm cleanly and leanly, giving it a forward thrust that is essential to its success yet still finding time to craft some careful compositions that add impact to individual scenes without distracting from the flow. Denholm Elliott creates a three-dimensional human character. Realm is suspenseful and exciting. Thank you for your consideration. Read more Show Less

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This fast-paced thriller examines the amorality of a nation's secret services and the responsibility of journalistic investigations in an era of nuclear tensions and bureaucratic deceit. The film examines an unspooling series of events occurring after a near crash of a nuclear bomber at an American air force base in the English countryside. When Dennis Markham (Ian Bannen), a well-respected member of Parliament is reported by a London paper to have been seen leaving a woman's home, and the woman is found to also be familiar with a dignitary from East Germany, his loyalty to his country is questioned, and he is forced to resign. The author of the newspaper exposé, Nick Mullen (Gabriel Byrne), continues his investigation with his colleague Vernon Bayliss (Denholm Elliott). But when Vernon dies from a mysterious heart attack, Mullen suspects something deeper at work and finds evidence of a complex web of deceit concerning a secret air force base. With the help of Vernon's secretary, Nina Beckman (Greta Scacchi), Nick fights the dark forces in order to bring the truth to light.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Original theatrical trailer; English mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A journalist-in-over-his-head thriller, Defense of the Realm is a taut, tightly plotted conspiracy film that is very cerebral -- and very hollow. That last characterization may prevent some from embracing the film, for the hollowness results from a combination of an abundance of cynicism and a shallowness of characterization. So, if a viewer is looking for a film that is comforting and/or that explores the lives and motivations of its main players, he is bound to be disappointed by Realm. On the other hand, if the fun of the "game" is sufficient to a viewer, he will be well rewarded, for Realm's intricate plot is filled with labyrinthine twists and turns that will delight and dazzle aficionados of the "why did that happen and what does it mean" school. And director David Drury directs Realm cleanly and leanly, giving it a forward thrust that is essential to its success yet still finding time to craft some careful compositions that add impact to individual scenes without distracting from the flow. The cast does have to grapple with a lack of depth in their characters, and only Denholm Elliott succeeds in overcoming that challenge, somehow creating a three-dimensional human out of two-dimensional material. But the rest of the cast, especially lead Gabriel Byrne, make those two dimensions count for everything they're worth. Realm is suspenseful and exciting, and that will be more than enough for many viewers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2003
  • UPC: 027616886583
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:36:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gabriel Byrne Nick Mullen
Greta Scacchi Nina Beckman
Denholm Elliott Vernon Bayliss
Ian Bannen Dennis Markham
Fulton Mackay Victor Kinsbrook
Bill Paterson Jack Macleod
David Calder Harry Champion
Frederick Treves Arnold Reece
Robbie Coltrane Leo McAskey
Beverley Anderson Newscaster
Harriet Bagnall Peace Girl
Daniel Benzali Lt. Col. Lehane
Lyndon Brook Pugh
John Challis Challis
Oliver Ford Davies Anthony Clegg
Graham Fletcher-Cook Micky Parker
Prentis Hancock Frank Longman
William Job Hilton
Michael Johnson Humphrey Channing
Annabel Leventon Trudy Markham
Mark Tandy Philip Henderson
Daniel Webb Danny Royce
Steven Woodcock Steve Dyce
Alexei Jawdokimov Dietrich Kleist
Technical Credits
David Drury Director
Michael Bradsell Editor
Diana Charnley Art Director
Roger Deakins Cinematographer
Robin Douet Producer
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Hartley Score Composer
Richard Harvey Score Composer
Roger Murray-Leach Production Designer
Lynda Myles Producer
David Puttnam Producer
Sandra Shepherd Makeup
Martin Stellman Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title/Decisions [6:02]
2. Journalistic Integrity [6:35]
3. The Markham Affair [5:54]
4. Digging for Evidence [5:34]
5. "A Bloody Good Story" [6:04]
6. Death of a Colleague [6:15]
7. The One That Got Away [5:59]
8. The One Who Didn't [7:45]
9. Continuous Alert [6:33]
10. Tête-à-Tête [5:18]
11. Official Secrets [5:44]
12. Elevator Games [7:28]
13. KGB - Or Not? [4:56]
14. The Tribunal [5:48]
15. Freedom [4:25]
16. In Defense/End Credits [5:24]
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Side #1 --
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   Scene Selections
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      English
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      Español
      Subtitles: None
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