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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.


George Kaczender


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

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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


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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Advertising is a serious game. Now it is a deadly one at the agency. See more »


Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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Release Date:

August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mind Games See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


Box Office


CAD 4,400,000 (estimated)
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Films RSL See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Alexandra Stewart dubbed herself in the French version, done near her house in Paris. See more »


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Mediocre watered-down thriller
24 August 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Lee Majors and Saul Rubinek work for the same advertising agency, headed by Robert Mitchum, but all is not as it appears at the office. Saul has a conspiracy theory of subliminal messaging and political tampering through the ads. Lee starts to believe him, and during one scene he shows his sweetie pie Valerie Perrine how they doctor up the print advertisement of an alcohol label to include skull images in the ice cubes. That's the best scene in the movie, because everything else is either boring or typical.

Lots of 1970s movies are pretty bad, and films made in 1980 sometimes bleed into the terrible previous decade. The Agency has that '70s aura to it, like it's a watered down Network, made by a lousy television channel. I'm not trying to be mean, but after seeing thousands and thousands of movies, there's no sense recommending others watch the bad ones.

DLM Warning: If you suffer from vertigo or dizzy spells, like my mom does, this movie might not be your friend. the opening scene features an advertisement that takes place in a nightclub with strobe lights and odd camera angles, and it might make you sick. In other words, "Don't Look, Mom!"

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