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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Tiller ...
Charles Paskin
Michelle Wallace
Trevor Byfield ...
John Clay
Andrew Faulkner ...
Terrence Hardiman ...
The Svit
The Landlord
Mark Chapman ...
Jimmy Scarface
Gary Smith ...
Deaf Nick
Paul Maddocks ...
Gillian Tully ...
Tina (as Gillian Tulley)
James Healing ...
Susan Beeder ...
Sorcha Brooks ...
Michelle's Mother
Zoe Elkins ...
Young Michelle


Michelle Wallace is a girl haunted by the demons of her past, having witnessed the brutal murder of her mother at the age of four. Sixteen years on she lives in a run-down boarding house looking forward to a future with her boyfriend away from the squalid life she has been leading. Michelle is befriended by her new neighbour, Charles Paskin, a mysterious middle-aged man. Unbeknown to Michelle, Charles is actually a British government assassin involved in a highly confidential operation. His mission is to retrieve government files about a top secret operation which has been stolen. He has been instructed to dispose anyone associated with these documents, but all is not as it seems. Through a bizarre turn of events, Michelle becomes embroiled in Charles's mission, and a fast-paced story of intrigue and suspense begins to unfold. Written by Jean Lejuez <travelling.cherbourg@wanadoo.fr>

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13 October 2000 (France)  »

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Geheimakte - Mord  »

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A cracking British thriller
24 November 2003 | by (Southampton, England) – See all my reviews

From the moment the classy opening sequence begins, I was gripped. This film reeks class and yet was made on a shoestring. The heroine (a very appealing Sandra Bullock lookalike) held my attention and sympathies throughout. There are some fine comedic cameos as well from Mark Little as the boarding house proprietor and Shane Ritchie as the laddish workmate of the heroine's hapless boyfriend. The camerawork throughout is very expert and Guy Michelmore's score is truly impressive with the Polish Radio Orchestra sounding as smooth as the LSO. Backed up with taut editing, some good shootouts and a tense torture sequence, Distant Shadow is cracking Friday evening viewing. I got a bit confused with the Government plot but you expect a bit of fog on a good thriller. Howard Ford is clearly a director to watch out for on this his second feature. What he achieved on this budget is awesome. Just think what he'll pull off with a Hollywood budget.

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