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Betrayed (1988)

An FBI agent posing as a combine driver becomes romantically involved with a Midwest farmer who lives a double life as a white supremacist.

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Costa-Gavras

Writer:

Joe Eszterhas
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Debra Winger ... Katie Phillips / Cathy Weaver
Tom Berenger ... Gary Simmons
John Heard ... Michael Carnes
Betsy Blair ... Gladys Simmons
John Mahoney ... Shorty
Ted Levine ... Wes
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Flynn
Albert Hall ... Al Sanders
David Clennon ... Jack Carpenter
Robert Swan ... Dean
Richard Libertini ... Sam Kraus
Maria Valdez Maria Valdez ... Rachel Simmons
Brian Bosak Brian Bosak ... Joey Simmons
Alan Wilder ... Duffin
Clifford A. Pellow Clifford A. Pellow ... Reverend Russell Johnson
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Storyline

A woman starts work on a farm, and gets to know the owner. They get on well, and she also gets on with his children. He asks her to stay on when the work is finished. Things are not what they seem, and we discover the woman is actually an FBI agent... Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Lightning See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,816,139
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Combine driver Betty Jo orders a Colorado Motherf'er (edited) from the bar. So the bartender would have to "Pour the tequila, coffee liqueur and Coca-cola into a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. " See more »

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Reversed footage: As the family arrives to the camp site, smoke falls downwards from the sky to the torches. See more »

Quotes

Michael Carnes: She has trouble about killing Old Wes. How do you feel about dropping that piece of shit, Al?
Al Sanders: Terrific! Like cleaning something off my shoe.
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References Bonnie and Clyde (1967) See more »

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The Race Is On
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Effective as both a story and a commentary
28 February 2000 | by tomsims1See all my reviews

I found this movie to be effective as both fiction and non-fiction. Debra Winger and Tom Berenger both give first rate performances. This movie reveals how racism is passed down from one generation to the next. The passage, "the sins of the father are visited on the son" seem particularly relevant. I was surprised that it did not receive a higher user rating. Eventhough I saw it years ago, it remains in my memory as a very powerful and important movie.


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