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Act of Betrayal (1988)

An IRA informer and his family are given new identities and new lives in Australia but the IRA are still determined to track them down.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Harrow ... Eileen McGurk
Elliott Gould ... Callaghan
Patrick Bergin ... Michael McGurk
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Brian Kennedy
Krister Greer Krister Greer ... Sean McGurk
Deborra-Lee Furness ... Kathy
Max Cullen ... Quinn
Bosco Hogan ... Brady
Denise Kerwin Denise Kerwin ... Adrienne
Oliver Maguire Oliver Maguire ... IRA Chief
Gerard McSorley ... Brendon
William Kerwin ... Doctor Denny
Stella McCusker Stella McCusker ... Eillen's Mother
Gina Moxley Gina Moxley ... Maureen
Warwick Moss ... Don Taylor


An IRA informer and his family are given new identities and new lives in Australia but the IRA are still determined to track them down.

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Ireland | Australia



Release Date:

18 September 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Acto de traición See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland See more »


Box Office


AUD 6,000,000 (estimated)
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(2 parts)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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An IRA informer heads Down Under in protective custody which has a less than satisfactory safety record!
17 November 2001 | by uds3See all my reviews

Decent bit of intrigue here. Initially shown over two nights but also available in abridged video format. Having seen it again recently some twelve years or so after its original screening, it stands up quite well.

As was often the IRA modus operendi, a large bomb is detonated in central London during mid Christmas shopping. The same night, Michael McGurk gives himself up to British Police. In an attempt to protect both the family and the identity of their informant, the Police place McGurk under a witness-protection program, and send him out to Australia for relocation and integration.

The IRA however are understandably toey about this arrangement and hire a top US assassin to clean up their mess for them. Patrick Bergin is in fine form as McGurk and Elliot Gould has no reason to push himself to the limit as Callaghan, the assassin. This guy REALLY enjoys his work!

As I said at the outset, an eminently watchable caper, just a tad long!

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