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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 »


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


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Mishandling of provocative subject
19 July 2002 | by Oliver_LenhardtSee all my reviews

AGENCY is another of those Canadian-made pictures posing as an American film, replete with big-name U.S. actors, and featuring Montreal unconvincingly standing in for Washington, D.C.

With a premise that is more intriguing and timely now than ever - subliminal messages in TV ads - one would have wished for a sincere, thoughtful approach. Instead, the wretched script is awash with bad dialogue and, in the second half, silly corporate intrigue scenes involving Lee Majors slinking about the ad agency at night, trying to get to the bottom of boss Robert Mitchum's nefarious political machinations. Mitchum's henchmen are so laughable-looking and inept that they appear to have been recruited straight from a Pink Panther film. Parts of the film border on outright comedy.

Still, the film is not completely without merit. The first half is promising; Majors makes an affable protagonist; Saul Rubinek is quite good as the harried eccentric who first discovers Mitchum's conspiracy (although his open contempt of his boss makes his continued employment at the agency another implausible factor). Valerie Perrine, however, appears in an entirely disposable role as the obligatory concerned wife.

Finally, all production elements are professional, and AGENCY at least turns out to be a diverting, if daft and disappointing, thriller. I was not bored.

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Release Date:

August 1981 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada


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CAD4,400,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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