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  (in credits order)
Gavin Abbott ... Bomb Incident Officer 2
Joanne Adams ... Control Officer 1
Shamshad Akhtar ... Falzah
Dean Ashton ... RSM Officer

Paul Antony-Barber ... Commander Paul Hardwick
Kameal Nisha Bisnauthsingh ... Razla
Louise Breckon-Richards ... DC Vicky Loman
Keir Charles ... Press Officer
Josh Cole ... Control Officer 2
Zoe Conway ... TV Reporter - Liz Street
Joanna Croll ... Female Doctor
Craig Crosbie ... Radiation Expert
Fuman Dar ... Mohammed Ibn Harrara

Louise Delamere ... Liz Corrigan
Tony Dolan ... Lead TSG Officer
Greg Donaldson ... Fireman

Houda Echouafni ... Fatima
Essam Edriss ... Reconnaissance Man

Waleed Elgadi ... Abu Abassi (as William El-Gardi)

Tim Faraday ... Chief Paramedic 2
Brendan Fleming ... Cordon Police Officer

Alastair Galbraith ... Murray Corrigan, Watch Commander (as Alistair Galbraith)

Sartaj Garewal ... Bomb Incident Room Officer

George Georgiou ... Usman Selcuk
Denis Gilmore ... British Truck Driver (as Dennis Gilmore)
Darren Hawkes ... Camera Operator
Rachael Hayden ... Jen - Female Fire Officer
Philip Hayton ... Anchor - News 24 (as Philip Heyton)

Dorian Healy ... Harper

Darren Higham ... Murray Fire Officer 3
David Horovitch ... Lambert
Robert Horwell ... Chief Paramedic 1
Amar Hussain ... Imran Nazir

Raza Jaffrey ... Rashid Dhar
Hosh Kane ... Yousef Ghamidi
William Key ... NRPB Specialist
Paul Maddaford ... DC Phillips
Guy Masterson ... Fire Commander
John McIntyre ... TV Reporter - Hospital
Liam McKenna ... Science Officer
Susie McKenna ... Surveillance Officer 2

Jeff Mirza ... Asian Landlord

Liam Noble ... Entry Controller

James Puddephatt ... Fire Marshall

Koel Purie ... DC Sameena Habibullah

Sam Redford ... Steve - Hyperventilating Fireman

Narinder Samra ... Barber Asharf
Martin Savage ... DS Mike Drummer
Helen Schlesinger ... Nicola Painswick, Minister for London
Marc Small ... Control Officer 3
Jonty Stephens ... DI Lane
Ewan Stewart ... Deputy Assistant Commissioner John Ives

Joe Tucker ... DI Brook
John Vine ... Chairman of Parliamentary Hearing
Deka Walmsley ... Duty Sergeant

Morgan Walters ... Police Officer - Bomb St
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Graeme Ford ... DC Scott
Robert Stone

Lasco Atkins ... Hospital staff (uncredited)
Charlotte Green ... Herself (Radio 4 newsreader) (voice) (uncredited)

Abdul Popoola ... City worker (uncredited)

Directed by
Daniel Percival 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lizzie Mickery 
Daniel Percival 

Produced by
Luke Alkin .... producer
Stephen Barrett .... research producer
Yvonne Isimeme Ibazebo .... line producer
Liza Marshall .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer (as David Thompson)
Paul Woolwich .... executive producer: BBC Current Affairs
Original Music by
Joe Walker 
Cinematography by
Graham Smith 
Film Editing by
Melanie Oliver 
Casting by
Lucy Bevan 
Kahleen Crawford 
Des Hamilton 
Production Design by
Will Hughes-Jones 
Art Direction by
Richard Bullock 
Costume Design by
Lucinda Wright 
Makeup Department
Laura Schiavo .... makeup artist
Catherine Scoble .... makeup designer
Leda Shawyer .... makeup artist
Production Management
Richard Hill .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Amy Coop .... additional third assistant director (as Adam Coop)
Kelly Dennis .... third assistant director
Beth Elliott .... second second assistant director
Mark Goddard .... first assistant director
Nic Jeune .... first assistant director: second unit
Paul Morris .... second assistant director
Christian Rigg .... additional third assistant director
Alex Streeter .... additional third assistant director
Art Department
Kyvan Ali-Mardani .... dressing props
Mario Bueno .... property master
Cathy Cosgrove .... production buyer
Emily Daines .... art department assistant
Douglas Ingram .... storyboard artist
Mark Keene .... carpenter
Gary Martin .... dressing props
Shaun Mitcheson .... stand-by art director
Adrian Platt .... stand-by props
Tony Statham .... signs and graphics
Graham Ward .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Tom Barrow .... sound assistant
Max Bygrave .... sound effects editor
Graham Day .... sound assistant
Steve Finn .... boom operator
Tim Fraser .... sound recordist
Jamie Gambell .... additional boom operator
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer
Simon Hayter .... additional sound recordist
Tim Owens .... dialogue editor
Becki Ponting .... adr editor
William Towers .... sound maintenance (as Will Towers)
Rowena Wilkinson .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Tony Auger .... special effects supervisor
Andy Bradford .... stunt coordinator (as Andrew Bradford)
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Bishop .... camera trainee
Edward Bishop .... camera trainee
Kerry Brown .... still photographer
Sue Cane .... focus puller
Vincent Carroll .... electrician
Tom Craig .... still photographer
David Genge .... electrician
Nick Green .... gaffer
Nick Vernon .... clapper loader
Darren Vincent .... camera trainee
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joanne Hayes .... wardrobe assistant
Elizabeth Wilson .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Chris Beeton .... colorist
Gerald Morris .... assistant editor
Other crew
Biola Bankole .... assistant accountant
Stephen Barrett .... research producer
Naomi Bradford .... researcher
Mhairi Brennan .... production coordinator
Kirstie Edgar .... script supervisor
Syd Ezrouki .... location assistant
Mark Kinsella .... production coordinator: re-shoots
Mark Kinsella .... production secretary
Susy Liddell .... head of production
Kevin McSweeney .... production accountant
Jenny McVeigh .... researcher
Elizabeth Pavitt .... production runner
Mona Qureshi .... script editor
Alex Small .... floor runner
Matthew Wortman .... location manager

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90 min | Argentina:91 min
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Inexpensive lesson in first response, 24 March 2005
Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA

It's hard to imagine an American movie like this. The dirty bomb is not seen to explode. We only know it's gone off because London trembles. Even if we had seen it detonate, a dirty bomb is not a patch on a thermonuclear device. Only a few shots are fired and nobody's head disintegrates. There are no sneering greaseball villains, only devout men and women and their children. There is full frontal nudity during decontamination but it is handled so matter of factly, and the bodies themselves are so ordinary, that one feels only embarrassment for the characters.

I won't go into the plot in any detail. Basically its about a group of radical Muslims who detonate a dirty bomb in London, and the attempt of British control agents to prevent it and then to contain it. That's about it.

The movie is not sensationalistic in any way and is sometimes a bit hard to follow. One of the principals is an attractive Muslim police officer who has to explain to her colleagues (and to us groundlings) that only a tiny fraction of Muslims are fanatics and so forth, as if we needed it. (We didn't need the speech because the film illustrates the point.) It makes a few cogent points. One police officer observes that they know 90 percent of what the IRA are up to, and yet a few attacks still get through. How can they effectively prevent attacks by radical Muslims about whom they know practically nothing? Well -- they can't, of course, and neither can anyone else. All it takes to pull off such an event is a little organization, a knowledge of chemistry, and a willingness to die. It's like murdering a President or a monarch. If you want to do it badly enough, it can be done.

The British police are seen playing roughhouse with the captured organizer of the plot -- dunking his head in a bath tub to make him talk about the next target, and so forth. During his interrogation the organizer mentions atrocity against Muslims in Kabul and Bagdhad as an explanation for the attack. The police remind him that he has a wife and child and that they are now in custody, but the organizer isn't perturbed. "What will this accomplish?" they ask him. "You know there will be retaliation." And he says placidly, comfortable in his skin, "We expect your retaliation. It is what unites us and divides you." Once social organizations get into these kinds of conflicts, they seem to turn into schoolyard fist fights. Push-Pull machines. One side says we're doing this because you hit us first. The other side says, maybe, but I was just hitting you because you hit me yesterday. Oh, yeah? What about last week when you knocked the books out of my hand? Well I only did that because your father insulted my grandfather one thousand years ago.

I realize the movie deals with a real subject and that the subject is serious, and I realize my example is silly. Yet there does seem to be something in human nature that drives us into conflict with one another, and of course it's always the other party's fault, not ours. I wonder if some day, given the survival of our species, we may find that the same primitive subcortical structures are involved in a schoolyard fight and a global war.

Homo "sapiens", my foot.

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