Strip Search (2004)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  27 April 2004 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Perley
Gerry Sykes
Fred Koheler ...
Jimmy Briggs
Zack Manzella ...
High School Boy
Arresting Officer
Linda Sykes
Liu Tsung-Yuan
Reverend Craig Peterson
Sharif Bin Said
Ned McGrath
Alvira Sykes
John Scanlon
Anahid ...
Aaisha Bin Said
Clerk (as Ray Anthony Thomas)


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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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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2 May 2004 | by (Orlando, Florida) – See all my reviews

Shocking! Every American needs to see this movie. A previous comment titled "Duh", at first glance, makes us all seem as though we are somehow keenly aware that civil rights are being America. But until I saw this movie, I couldn't parallel being arrested, tortured, and denied access to any outside help in China, to the same thing happening here. Somehow, the idea of these things taking place here didn't seem so terribly awful, and fearful, until I put myself in both of the actors roles as victim.

Strip Search is one of the best, thought provoking movies I have ever seen. The acting was absolutely superb; making it easy to be drawn into every scene, and Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance was no less than stellar to that end. For short, I was IMPRESSED!

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