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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.

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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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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mind Games See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Budget:

CAD 4,400,000 (estimated)
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Films RSL See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

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Referenced in From Stereo to Video (2014) See more »

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Composed by Lewis Furey
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Great R Mitchum+Lee Majors' great effort+bad script=80's Guilty Pleasure!
22 December 2008 | by ballplayer270000See all my reviews

I remember seeing this film at theater in 1981. I own VHS version and I could not wait to DVD with decent quality to be released. This DVD quality is total joke. It is worse than recorded from TV or transferred from VHS to DVD. I understand this movie was not produced nor distributed by major studio. This is Canadian produced film marketed as an American film. Does it mean this movie is never gonna be released with decent quality on DVD!? I hope not. This movie had a potential to be very powerful thriller film, but script was very one dimensional and failed to develop the story. However seeing late Robert Mitchum and Movie stardom hungry Young Lee Majors was priceless as guilty pleasure here. Even 25 years later, I like to pop this VHS into my old VCR and I can not help thinking about how time has flied so quickly......


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