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Hidden Agenda (1990)

When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon ... See full summary »

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When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Murder... Torture... Corruption... The Truth Can Never Be Buried. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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January 1991 (USA)  »

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$1,030,938 (USA)
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According to the book 'Picture This!: A Guide to over 300 Environmentally, Socially, and Politically Relevant Films and Videos' (1992) by Sky Hiatt, "Hidden Agenda (1990) ignited critical tumult and shouting matches when it aired at the Cannes Film Festival in 1990". In an 01/01/1991 Los Angeles Times article, David Gritten states "around this time, all hell broke loose . . . In Cannes, a press conference for Hidden Agenda (1990) ended in uproar. Alexander Walker, film critic of the London Evening Standard, stood up and launched a blistering attack on the film, casting doubt on the truth of the events depicted." Director Ken Loach said: "Then when we tried to answer Walker, we were shouted down by a group of [British] journalists. Then they in turn were shouted down by members of the international press. One of them accused Walker of representing the most reactionary elements in the British press. As someone said at the time, there's a lot of competition." Further: "Finally, a group of journalists from Britain's tabloid press, not including Walker, formed a deputation to Cannes Festival director Gilles Jacob, demanding that Hidden Agenda (1990) be withdrawn. 'He took great delight in laughing them from the room, says Loach, his eyes twinkling." See more »

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[last lines]
Maxwell: Can we go?
Kerrigan: Yes, yes.
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Joe McDonnell
Written by Brian Warfield
Re-arranged by Ron Kavana
Performed by Ron Kavana and Terry Woods
Published by Skin Music
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vast right wing conspiracy
12 October 2006 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

When a police investigator is called in to determine the facts behind the murder/execution of an American civil rights lawyer in Northern Ireland, he discovers not only an extensive cover-up of that event, but also a giant political conspiracy as well. Set in Northern Ireland, the film is a critical look at the response by the British government and military to the IRA. Not only is the response brutal and deadly, the so-called threat the IRA poses to order and stability is capitalized on by Tory political masterminds in Margaret Thatcher's administration, as well as the CIA, in a devious attempt to permanently keep the progressive Labor opposition from ever taking power again. Directed by Ken Loach, the film has a noticeable political angle, though he holds a steady hand on the action and the investigation, with sharply written and acted interrogation scenes and meetings with reclusive IRA people, as well as bringing in the political elites, to make it fast moving and constantly interesting.


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