Strip Search follows several parallel stories examining personal freedoms vs. national security in the aftermath of 9/11; two main subplots involve an American woman detained in China and an Arab man detained in New York City.

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James Perley
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Gerry Sykes
Fred Koheler ...
Jimmy Briggs
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High School Boy
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Arresting Officer
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Linda Sykes
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Liu Tsung-Yuan
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Reverend Craig Peterson
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Sharif Bin Said
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Ned McGrath
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Alvira Sykes
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John Scanlon
Anahid ...
Aaisha Bin Said
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Clerk (as Ray Anthony Thomas)

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In the aftermath of the September, 11th, in China, the American student Linda Sykes is interrogated by the military Liu Tsung-Yuan. In New York, the Arab student Sharif Bin Said is interrogated by the FBI agent Karen Moore. The psychological methods of interrogation are the same, amicable in the beginning and brutal in the end; but there is no evidence that the students are terrorists. Must security and safety of the State come at the price of freedom? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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27 April 2004 (USA)  »

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This film was the subject of much controversy. The original cut was 120 minutes but it was cut down to 56 minutes. It aired only once on HBO and further scheduled airings were canceled. See more »

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Thought-provoking presentation
15 May 2004 | by (Florida, USA) – See all my reviews

I found STRIP SEARCH a thought-provoking and well done piece by some very talented and courageous artists. An example of how TV/Film can be used as a tool to get us to think and look at our world, our times and ourselves. --- BRAVO! and thank you to all involved in this project.

The cast, the direction, the script, the crossover dialogue between the two interrogation all worked for me. And the choice of using nudity? How could they have done it otherwise? It really hit home the humiliation and terror of such practices. A somewhat prophetic piece in light of recent events and the exposure of America's tactics in Iraq.

I highly recommend that people not only see it, but talk about it. Simply put ... excellent.

One question -- Has Lumet EVER made a bad film? I certainly can't think of one. If he has, I haven't seen it.


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