Shadow Dancer (2012)

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Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Barnes ...
Gerry Senior
Maria Laird ...
Young Collette
Ben Smyth ...
Brid Brennan ...
Jamie Scott ...
Young Gerry
Bradley Burke ...
Young Connor
Daniel Tatarsky ...
Watcher 1
Watcher 2
Nia Gwynne ...
Female Watcher
Jason Stalkey ...
Agent 1 (as Jason Salkey)
Agent 2
MI5 Officer
Cathal Maguire ...


In 1993, the IRA member Collette is arrested in the London tube after leaving a bomb in the facility. MI-5 Agent Mac offers a deal to Collette to become an informer. She accepts the agreement to protect her son and in return Mac offers a new identity to her after a period working for the MI-5. Soon Mac learns that his superior Kate Fletcher is using Collette to protect her mole inside the Irish organization. Mac tries to find the identity of the informer and protect Collette. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Collette McVeigh - Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy.


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Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

24 August 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Agente C - Dupla Identidade  »

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Opening Weekend:

$10,672 (USA) (31 May 2013)


$99,134 (USA) (26 July 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Guy Pearce was at one point set to play Mac. See more »


When the car carrying the agents and Collette pulls up underneath an archway to bring her in for questioning, both rear car doors open and both agents and Collette get out. In the next shot, only the right rear car door is open and the agent on the right hand side is open and then Collette and the other agent get out. See more »


Kate Fletcher: Is this just because she has a pretty face?
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Overall, the film did not impress me.
30 August 2012 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Shadow Dancer follows an Irish woman, who has a son. She works for the IRA in the 1990's. When she gets caught attempting to place a bomb on a London subway she must become an informant for the MI5.

Interesting story. I really had no clue about this film, I was just bored and looking for a film to watch. So you can guess I have never read the book so I do not know how closely it follows it. However the author did write the screenplay. Anyway, I thought the film itself was OK. In general, everything felt like it was neutral/ on the line. Nothing really stuck out and there was no real memorable scenes. The film also seemed very slow and dragged out.

The acting from everyone involved was good. Nothing special, but nothing terrible. However, my main complaint would have to be the characters. I didn't feel connected to any of the characters, especially the protagonist , which is the main thing really. I felt the IRA characters were too clichéd and just the same generic IRA men as in every other film with IRA men in them.

Overall, the film did not impress me. However, I wasn't expecting anything special so I suppose it balances it out. I'd give it a solid 6/10. But, gun to my head - would I recommend it? - No. Probably not.

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