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A member of the British Government is sent to Brussels to become British Commissioner to the European Community. He is made aware of a web of political and industrial corruption through a series of anonymous letters. Despite his own history of political expediency, the Commissioner rises to the moral challenge and faces off with the evil forces responsible. Written by
Peter Samuelson <email@example.com>
Commissioner John Hurt uncovers corporate hanky-panky
I watched this because it was a political story and especially because it starred John Hurt. He did a terrific job. He really is a remarkable actor. The character he played here is an imperfect politician with a short temper in private but cool and controlled in his dealings in public with other politicians. He knows what to say and how to play the game. I liked the way he cultivated the news reporter played by David Morrissey who did a nice job. Unfortunately the female lead who played the environmental commissioner, Rosana Pastor, had a heavy accent, creating an audibility issue. Hurt's assistant, Simon Chandler, tried hard in an interesting role, but his portrayal didn't quite gel.
This was apparently a TV-movie, because every so often there is a fadeout, as to commercials or interruptions. Also, it plays, looks, and feels like a TV-movie.
The story revolves around corporate machinations to bring about a merger involving a German chemical company. The European Commission must approve it, and Hurt is the industry commissioner. There is an industrial spy involved and a plot to bring the stock price down so that the acquirer can buy it up cheap. There are actually two bidders involved. This plot is both involved and involving. Hurt's character blunders along without full information.
Although fiction, the movie does provide some insight into the world of corporate-government relations and intrigues, corruption, and the workings of the European Commission and the submerged national rivalries in Europe. And Hurt's performance makes it worthwhile.
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