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Agency (1980)

A millionaire is suspected of buying an ad agency to use it as a way of brainwashing the public for his political ends.

Director:

George Kaczender

Writers:

Noel Hynd (screenplay by), Paul Gottlieb (from the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Mitchum ... Ted Quinn
Lee Majors ... Philip Morgan
Valerie Perrine ... Brenda Wilcox
Alexandra Stewart ... Mimi
Saul Rubinek ... Sam Goldstein
George Touliatos ... Sgt. Eckersley
Franz Russell Franz Russell ... George Millar
Michael Kirby ... Quinn's Assassin
Gary Reineke Gary Reineke ... Second Hit Man
Hugh Webster Hugh Webster ... Inmate
Antony Parr Antony Parr ... Charlie
Jonathan Welsh Jonathan Welsh ... Detective Ross
Donald Davis Donald Davis ... Alexander Stripe
Marilyn Gardner Marilyn Gardner ... Philip's Lawyer
Eric Donkin Eric Donkin ... Criminal Attorney
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Storyline

A mysterious millionaire buys an ad agency and begins to replace its employees with his own people, who don't appear to be advertising types at all. A copywriter begins to suspect that the man isn't interested in selling products, as much as he is in inserting his own sinister political beliefs into the commercials the agency runs on television in order to subliminally brainwash an unsuspecting public into supporting the causes and candidates he wants. When the copywriter confides his suspicions to a friend and soon afterwards is mysteriously killed, his friend begins his own investigation. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Someone wants to control your mind, and they are using your TV to do it. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Alexandra Stewart dubbed herself in the French version, done near her house in Paris. See more »

Connections

References The Shadow of the Cat (1961) See more »

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No Sweat
Composed by Lewis Furey
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Canagency

When people talk about ''crappy Canadian movies" they're referring to movies like Agency. Somebody puts his whole life into writing a script and seeing it through the development process. But the subject matter is something dull - curling, the ad business, Anne of Green Gables. So instead of getting big-time Hollywood funding the movie's producers have to bamboozle Canadian dentists into chipping in as a tax dodge. You end up with a cheaply made movie that wouldn't see the inside of a movie theatre without a terrorist threat, and probably got shown on late-night CBC at least once a year for decades. Lee Majors looked good in that beard, though.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Agency See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD4,400,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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