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Infiltrated by spies. Betrayed by allies. And destroyed by International sabotage. This is the shocking TRUE STORY of the . . . Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy See more »
Dramatisation of the sinking of the Greenpeace ship 'The Rainbow Warrior' by French agents in Auckland, New Zealand in 1985. | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Chris Thomson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Phillips  written by

Produced by
Alan Bateman .... executive producer
Robert J. Loader .... producer
Peter Sainsbury .... executive producer
Original Music by
Martin Armiger 
Cinematography by
Andrew Lesnie 
Film Editing by
Noel Rogers 
Casting by
Diana Rowan 
Production Design by
Ralph Davies 
Art Direction by
Lawrence Eastwood 
Brian Edmonds 
Costume Design by
Ngila Dickson 
Helen Hooper 
Sound Department
Julius Chan .... sound effects editor
Julius Chan .... sound re-recording mixer
James Manché .... sound editor (as James Manche)
Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen F. Windon .... camera operator
Music Department
Derek Williams .... orchestrator

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100 min (2 parts)
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Australia:PG (video rating) | Iceland:L
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"The Rainbow Warrior Conspiracy" Is Awfully Dull, 8 July 2007
Author: gerrythree ( from New York

THE RAINBOW WARRIOR CONSPIRACY manages to make boring the French DGSE's planning and then blowing up of the Greenpeace vessel, and the police investigation that follows. The opening credits deceive you, showing stock footage of the ship at sea and of New Zealanders protesting French nuclear testing in the South Pacific. Then the color image quality fades as the actors show up for mostly interior setups, talking heads reading their lines. I videotaped this movie in April 1993 at EP speed from a cable airing on The Movie Channel, which almost guarantees crummy video quality, receiving the standard bad signal from a Time Warner cable box and then storing away the cheaply made tape for over 14 years. Still, that stock footage had better image quality than the rest of the movie.

At 128 minutes, the runtime for the TMC broadcast, you have plenty of time to notice the giant rimmed glasses the female French agent wears, the lack of action and the constant yakking. The actual explosion that sinks the ship is not shown, just a big blast sound effect heard in the city. Jack Thompson, one of the stars, makes an appearance every so often to look upset, then vanishes for 15 minutes until there is another brief scene for him to show his outrage. Brad Davis, the reporter who won't give up (is there any other kind in bad movies), is on screen more, but so what. This docudrama is a pretty bland recital that shows the French agents at work, the New Zealand police investigators at work and Jack Thompson . . well, he was collecting a paycheck.

This movie must be hard to get, an independent production that just made it to a cable broadcast on TMC, then and now a cheap cable channel (I once saw ON THE WATERFRONT on TMC with the closed captioning on, only the captioning was out of sync so that when Rod Steiger's character is telling Marlon Brando he got him short money on the fight Brando took a dive in, ruining his boxing career, the captioning read "I could have been a contender.").

There is one scene in THE RAINBOW WARRIOR CONSPIRACY that stands out, when at the end of the movie Brad Davis is playing back his latest news report. As the report ends, there is first a picture of the Élysée Palace, then a slowly enlarging close-up of Mitterand, with a voice-over asking how high the conspiracy went, and then the film on the editor runs out. But one or two good scenes are not enough for a movie over two hours long.

Note: After my review, someone named Hellrocky wrote a short review on this movie without mentioning one detail of what happened in this dull docudrama. Hellrocky never saw this movie, the review is a generic mishmash from a boring person too lazy to fabricate a review. How pathetic.

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