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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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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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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 August 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Summer Lightning See more »

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Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,816,139
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Dolby Stereo

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1.85 : 1
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Potentially explosive subject matter manufactured for depressing results
15 October 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Federal agent Debra Winger goes undercover in rural Texas as a combine operator, infiltrating a group of down-home guys and their families in the hopes of linking them to white supremacy and the murder of a shock-talk radio host. Winger is romanced by the group's ringleader (Tom Berenger), and very quickly seems to cross many lines that aren't covered in the FBI trainee's manual. Berenger takes Winger to a KKK camp-out, to a human hunt (with a black man as the target) and to a bank robbery (to finance their cause), yet Debra's superiors actually request that she get more probing evidence! An exasperating movie, with facetious, halting dialogue leaving whole sequences feeling half-finished--and Winger's character without much personality. Director Costa-Gavras seems intent on underplaying this whole matter, to the point where even shocking moments come off as muted, matter-of-fact occurrences. **1/2 from ****


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