Hidden Agenda

Hidden Agenda

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Director: Ken Loach

Cast: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif

     
 

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This political thriller is set against the backdrop of Northern Ireland's "Troubles" and directed in the documentary fashion common to British filmmaker Ken Loach's films. Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif) and Ingrid Jessner (Frances McDormand) are American attorneys serving on a human rights group working to monitor cases of prisoner mistreatment in war-torn Belfast. When… See more details below

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This political thriller is set against the backdrop of Northern Ireland's "Troubles" and directed in the documentary fashion common to British filmmaker Ken Loach's films. Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif) and Ingrid Jessner (Frances McDormand) are American attorneys serving on a human rights group working to monitor cases of prisoner mistreatment in war-torn Belfast. When Paul learns of some information that may be injurious to the Thatcher government, he is killed, and a top-secret tape disappears. Assigned to the case, Inspector Kerrigan (Brian Cox) is joined by Ingrid in probing Paul's death, which seems to be related to rumors of a high-ranking cabal within the British government working to undermine the Irish Republican Army and liberal policies toward Irish separatists through violent and illegal means. Ingrid meets with Harris (Maurice Roeves), a former British Secret Service agent who's now turned on his former cronies. Together, they look for the top-secret tape.

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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:
0883904129486
Original Release:
1990
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)

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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

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