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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Tiller ...
Charles Paskin
Michelle Wallace
Trevor Byfield ...
John Clay
Andrew Faulkner ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

Geheimakte - Mord  »

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$1,750,000 (estimated)

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Excellent technicals in combat with inane script.
9 June 2001 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Strong and inventive contributions from production designer Paul Combellack and cinematographer Jon Ford are laid low by a screenplay which manages to become increasingly preposterous as this English-made film progresses. The storyline involves a massive effort by an unidentified and obviously incompetent government agency to recover a stolen computer tape that contains a bureaucratic program to spread AIDS among sub-Saharan Africans. Battling against this force of evil are a young man and woman who put forth a heroic effort in repeatedly dodging countless rounds fired at close range from semi-automatic weapons by terminally imbecilic and largely doomed gunmen of the state. As the primary government henchman, Trevor Byfield provides a performance replete with most of the properties of sleaze, and is obviously enjoying himself to the utmost. Director Howard J. Ford certainly has an artistic grasp upon how to create a film and the first portion of DISTANT SHADOW shows nary a dull moment; however, he apparently runs out of fresh concepts well past the point when the scenario fails him, and he cannot be faulted for that.

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