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Hidden Agenda
     

Hidden Agenda

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Director: Ken Loach

Cast: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif

 

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Ken Loach's hard-hitting drama about Ireland, Hidden Agenda, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and

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Ken Loach's hard-hitting drama about Ireland, Hidden Agenda, comes to DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is preferable in every way to the standard full-frame transfer. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. MGM/UA has done a solid job with this film, especially when one considers the inexpensive list price.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
In the tradition of political thrillers such as Missing and Z, Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda is a fictionalized story that makes use of real-life events and figures. A former documentarian, Loach approaches the material in a powerful, straightforward manner that emphasizes the strengths of the script, the characters, the actors, and the situation, rather than resorting to technical means (quick cuts, mesmerizing angles, etc.) to give the film its texture and tension. There are grit and realism in Loach's world, and he eschews exoticism for the everyday -- dark pubs, small restaurants, building lobbies, back alleys, etc. His people bear the mark of those who have been involved in a long struggle, one that seems to sap and drain life from them. They breathe real, not always clean, air -- a rarity in mysteries of this sort, which often traffic in the rich and beautiful. Loach's cast is excellent, especially Brian Cox, who knows how to make quiet and stillness into a powerful presence, and Frances McDormand, whose ability to portray a range of emotions is well used. Although the pace occasionally falters, overall Hidden Agenda is a first-rate thriller that will move as well as entertain viewers.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
UPC:
0027616874849
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frances McDormand Ingrid Jessner
Brian Cox Peter Kerrigan
Brad Dourif Paul Sullivan
Mai Zetterling Moa
Bernard Archard Sir Robert Neil
Bernard Bloch Henri
John Benfield Maxwell
Maurice Roeves Harris
Michelle Fairley Teresa Doyle
Oliver Maguire Supt. Fraser
Maureen Bell Mrs. Molloy
Stephen Brigden Army Major
Victoria Scott D'Angelo Journalist
Kym Dyson Carol
Gerry Fearon Taxi Driver
Llew Gardner TV Announcer
Ron Kavana Actor
Patrick Kavanaugh Alec Nevin
John Keegan Detective Sergeant Hughts
Ivan Little TV Reporter
Desmond McAleer Sgt. Kennedy
Jim McAllister Liam Philibin
Bryan McCann Molloy
John McDonnell Labour MP
Ian McElhinney Jack Cunningham
Mandy McIlwaine RUC Policewoman
Jim Norton Brodie
Robert Patterson Ian Logan
Kathleen Smith News Reporter
George Staines Tall Man
Terry Woods Musician

Technical Credits
Ken Loach Director
Jim Allen Screenwriter
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
John Daly Producer
Daphne Dare Costumes/Costume Designer
Vendetta Effects Special Effects
Eric Fellner Producer
Louise Fisher Makeup
Derek Gibson Producer
Martin Johnson Production Designer
Jonathan Morris Editor
Rebecca O'Brien Producer
Nigel Phelps Art Director
Clive Tickner Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen
1. Main Title/Parade [4:09]
2. Passing the Tape [7:04]
3. Who's Behind Them? [7:32]
4. Immediate Aftermath [6:17]
5. The Inquiry Begins [12:05]
6. The Harris Factor [10:07]
7. The Tape and the List [5:02]
8. Message From Harris [1:43]
9. Arrest/Interrogations [1:51]
10. ."..Reign of Terror" [9:00]
11. What Harris Knows [5:34]
12. Freedom?/Blackmail [8:54]
13. A Lifetime Wasted? [10:27]
14. Ingrid Gets the Tape [4:11]
15. How Fascism Starts [4:56]
16. End Credits [7:22]
Side #2 -- Standard
1. Main Title/Parade [4:09]
2. Passing the Tape [7:03]
3. Who's Behind Them? [7:32]
4. Immediate Aftermath [6:17]
5. The Inquiry Begins [12:05]
6. The Harris Factor [10:06]
7. The Tape and the List [5:02]
8. Message From Harris [1:44]
9. Arrest/Interrogations [1:51]
10. ."..Reign of Terror" [8:59]
11. What Harris Knows [5:34]
12. Freedom?/Blackmail [8:54]
13. A Lifetime Wasted? [10:27]
14. Ingrid Gets the Tape [4:11]
15. How Fascism Starts [4:55]
16. End Credits [7:22]

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Hidden Agenda 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film came out the year I moved back to the States after having lived in Belfast for nearly nine years. Trust me, this film is very true to life. And if that doesn't frighten you I don't know what would. It is a well done film and in my opinion one of Ken Loach's best films. He is a film maker I very much admire.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched this at least 5 times to try and catch all the nuances of the storyline. It is an absolutely fascinating look at one of the main problems in Northern Ireland...collusion between the English government at it's highest levels and unionist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. This is a 'Must See'!