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Defense of the Realm (1986)
"Defence of the Realm" (original title)

PG  |   |  Thriller  |  21 November 1986 (USA)
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After a newspaper reporter helps expose a Member of Parliament as a possible spy, he finds that there's much more to the story than that.

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Nicholas 'Nick' Mullen
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Nina Beckman
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Vernon Bayliss
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Dennis Markham
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Victor Kingsbrook
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Jack Macleod
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Harry Champion
Frederick Treves ...
Arnold Reece
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Leo McAskey
Annabel Leventon ...
Trudy Markham
Graham Fletcher-Cook ...
Micky Parker
Steven Woodcock ...
Steven Dyce
Alexei Jawdokimov ...
Dietrich Kleist
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Danny Royce (as Daniel Webb)
Prentis Hancock ...
Frank Longman
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A reporter Mullen 'stumbles' on a story linking a prominent Member of Parliament to a KGB agent. In fact it is also linked to a near Nuclear disaster involving a teenage runaway and an Americal USAF base. Has there been a Government cover-up,Mullen teams up with Vernon Bayliss, an old hack, and Nina Beckam the MP's assistant to find out the truth. Written by Matthew Stanfield <mattst@cogs.susx.ac.uk>

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Just how far will a government go to hide the truth?

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Defense of the Realm  »

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$750,000 (USA)
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The long title of the Defence of the Realm Act 1914 reads "An Act to confer on His Majesty in Council power to make Regulations during the present War for the Defence of the Realm". See more »

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Markham's wife's name is spelled Trudy Markham in the rolling credits. In a newspaper clipping that Mullen looks at, her name is spelled "Trudi" in the headline. See more »

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Ministry Man: You would agree, would you not, that certain things bearing on the defence of the realm are best left unsaid.
Nicholas 'Nick' Mullen: If you mean covered up, no, I wouldn't.
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The research done for this film is shown by the acknowledgment at the end of the credits: "The Producers wish to thank the STAFF and MANAGEMENT of THE TIMES NEWSPAPERS FOR THEIR HELP." See more »

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Clever stuff
2 May 2001 | by (East Sussex, UK) – See all my reviews

Well put together, and it will not do your paranoia any good at all! (But then, if you're not a bit paranoid, there's something wrong with you!)

Perhaps the characters could do with filling out a little, but on the whole, this is a very well-crafted thriller, to which you have to pay attention, as there are no big info-dumps or exposition: you have to work out a lot for yourself.


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