Defense Of The Realm

Defense Of The Realm

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Defense Of The Realm

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/03/2003
UPC: 0027616886583
Original Release: 1985
Rating: PG
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Letterbox]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:36:00

Special Features

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

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

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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