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Pack of Lies (1987)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  26 April 1987 (USA)
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Vegetable Truck Man
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Hallmark Hall of Fame: Pack of Lies (#36.3)  »

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The character of Julie in real life is the TV journalist Gay Search, best known for her work on gardening programmes in the UK. See more »

Quotes

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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An oddly old-fashioned and not very good TV movie
15 June 2003 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Attracted by Burstyn and Garr, both of whom are actresses I usually enjoy watching, I saw this film recently on the Hallmark channel. I found it stilted and awkwardly old-fashioned, with an improbable plot.

It is the 1960s, and an English woman (Burstyn)is coerced by a mysterious government agent (Bates)into assisting him to spy on her neighbour and friend (Garr), who is suspected of having involvement with a Soviet spy ring. Mild tension and inevitable histrionics ensue, before a rather melodramatic and not entirely believable ending (most particularly the awkward voice over in the final frame).

The worst thing about the film is the variance of Burstyn's English accent, which comes and goes throughout the film and is discarded entirely in her final scenes. Why didn't they just use an English actress?

Garr, as usual, is fine, and this was obviously one of Bates' "rent paying" parts.

Not very memorable or believable.


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