Hidden Agenda (1999)

R  |   |  Action, Crime, Mystery  |  2 November 1999 (USA)
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A young medical student travels to Berlin to investigate the apparent death of his brother and discovers a secret life of espionage, betrayal and murder at the highest levels.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
David McLean
Monika Engelmann
Jonathan Zanuck
Ulrich Steiner
Daniel Kash ...
Volker Flenske
Rod Wilson ...
Michael McLean
Paul Soles ...
Wilhelm Engelmann
Brenner (as Phil Jarrett)
Donna Barnes
Craig Gardner ...
Jurgen Feld
Cintija Asperger ...
Dr. Mundt (as Cynthia Ashperger)
Richard Denison ...
Vladimir Kruskov
Heinar Pillar ...
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In this supercharged political thriller, David McLean becomes the center of a deadly conspiracy when he discovers a computer disc his recently killed CIA agent brother, Mike, left behind. After the government denies involvement in Mike's "accidental" death, David must hunt for the truth on his own...and with double crossings, high-octane chase scenes and thrill-a-minute plot twists, nowhere-and no one-is safe! Written by Echo Bridge Home Entertainment

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Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.

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Rated R for some violence, nudity and language | See all certifications »




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2 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Secret Agenda  »

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Dedicated to the memory of J.T. Walsh, who died soon after making this film. See more »


Monika Engelmann: You wouldn't understand. You are not German.
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Opening credits - as the men walk away from the camera down the long walkway, the credits come toward the camera, along the left and right sides of the same hallway. See more »

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so-so eastern block who-dunnit
18 May 2015 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

The script appears to be someone's first attempt at an Eastern-block who-dunnit-spy-intrigue mystery. Kevin Dillon is "David McLean", in our story, on his way to visit his brother. Apparently, the brother has been murdered, but David meets lots of folks who knew Michael. We aren't given any clues as to what's really going on, just lots of secretive looks and car chases by "people" coming after him. The CIA seems to want a disk he finds in a locker, and "Monika" (Andrea Roth" ) knows more than she is telling, but instead of telling David what's going on, he (and us, the viewers) are left in the dark so more people can chase him around. The Stazi secret police are involved, and the bodies start piling up. It pretty much comes to a screeching halt when then they hole up in an apartment about halfway through the film. It's less than satisfying, but it IS part of a four- film thriller set I found, so it is mildly entertaining. Very clichéd, even down to the sound levels jumping way up and way down throughout the film. So typical.

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