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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

Certificate:

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released on the same year as the film version "Talk Radio", which was also inspired by the events surrounding the murder of radio host Alan Berg. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Gary Simmons: [after the murder of a black man] Come on, Katie. Come on now. Just a nigger. Don't make too much out of it. There's plenty more where he came from.
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Soundtracks

Mars and Venus
Written by John Philip Sousa
Conducted by Keith Brion
Performed by The New Sousa Band
Courtesy of Bainbridge Records, Inc.
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Intriguing if slightly confused movie.
8 January 2001 | by Mephisto-24See all my reviews

What do you get when you team up the director of MISSING and Z and the writer of SHOWGIRLS and FLASHDANCE? A political film where the FBI is portrayed as even less honorable than the Klansmen and neo-Nazis they're trying to fight, and the female lead (well played by Debra Winger) is a victim of both sides, valuable to the FBI only because of her sex appeal, and unable to trust anyone except her small stepdaughter. That said, BETRAYED is an interesting, very watchable and disturbingly credible movie with some powerful moments, and the cast (particularly Berenger, Winger and the juveniles) give excellent performances.


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