London in the early 1960s. The life of a couple is upset by the coming of a British Secret Service agent who moves in across the street.

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London in the early 1960s. The life of a couple is upset by the coming of a British Secret Service agent who moves in across the street.

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26 April 1987 (USA)  »

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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Pack of Lies (#36.3)  »

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The plot is based on the real-life story of the arrest of Peter Kroger and his wife in the 1950s. They were a Canadian couple living in the London suburbs who were revealed as having spied for Russia for many years. Their arrest and trial, along with those of other spies, caused a sensation in Britain at that time. See more »

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Barbara Jackson: [after overhearing that Julie rode on the back of a motorcycle] Julie, how could you?
Julie Jackson: He was only giving me a ride home.
Barbara Jackson: How many time have we told you?
Julie Jackson: Yes, I know!
Barbara Jackson: How many times?
Julie Jackson: Yes, I'm sorry.
Barbara Jackson: You promised! You gave me your word!
Julie Jackson: I'm not a child anymore!
Barbara Jackson: What do you mean by that?
Julie Jackson: Well, I'm old enough to take care of myself.
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Despite a solid dramatic premise, overwrought and overacted...
29 January 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Television adaptation of Hugh Whitemore's play about an older British couple in a suburb of London circa 1961 learning from the police that their best friends of three years--a Canadian couple who live across the road--may be involved with a notorious Russian spy. Not-bad "Hallmark Hall of Fame" production is a bare-bones dramatic presentation coasting on the performances of its cast, with the emphasis on Ellen Burstyn as the otherwise-friendless housewife who feels betrayed by chatty, lively neighbor Teri Garr. Garr is working seriously here, but there's too many close-ups of her looking puzzled, asking the same redundant questions; Burstyn fares a bit better, even if her accent comes and goes (which can be overlooked). Still, Ellen's character deteriorates under the pressure of falsehood far too soon (everyone, at some point, becomes a liar in this teleplay--a gimmick that is heightened in the dialogue but, thankfully, not underscored too strenuously). The downbeat conclusion--and the two useless melodramatic tags--is unsatisfying, as is Alan Bates' role (and over-the-top performance) as a British agent. Worth-seeing for the intriguing first-half, but the hysteria which follows feels canned.


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