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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

The film received only a very limited release in the US. In 1982 it was one of the early movies without a US nationwide release that was licensed to HBO network for national play. See more »

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Featured in Room 237 (2012) See more »

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Composed by Lewis Furey
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21 July 2017 | by dmsesquireSee all my reviews

Silly action yarn about the new boss at an ad agency (Robert Mitchum) who wants to plant subliminal messages in commercials, with political intent. Inoffensive enough, but to call this more than a time-passer would be kind. Music is sometimes too over-the-top for the subject of the shot.


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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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