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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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,534,787, 28 August 1988

Gross USA:

$25,816,139

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$25,816,139
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Last cinema film of Betsy Blair. 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

Cathy Weaver: You want something, Michael. I'll give you something. He named his dog after Ronald Reagan.
Al Sanders: Well, he ain't all bad.
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Soundtracks

Amazing Grace
Composed by John Newton (1779)
Sung by attendees of white supremacist rally
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Chilling movie about man's dualistic personality
29 April 2001 | by derimeSee all my reviews

I've seen Betrayed for three times now, and each time it just gets better and better.

Tom Berenger is excellent as Gary Simmons. He is perfect for the role, that requires in-depth understanding about love and hate. This man loves his family dearly and is extremely loyal to things he believes to be justified, and at the same time he is capable of doing most savage deeds towards other people he think are sub-human. Simmons is so cold and yet such a nice man at the same time it makes my blood freeze in my veins.

Also Debra Winger is great as Katie Phillips. She finds herself falling in love with this man and then realizes that everything is not so perfect she thought it was. Her disappointment is almost palpable. I highly recommend this movie to all, who wonder with amazement the dark sides of human nature.


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