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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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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

The film was based, in part, on the murder of Denver Radio Host Alan Berg, a Jewish lawyer and liberal commentator who was killed outside his home in 1984, in much the same fashion; he was shot with a MAC-10 9mm while getting out of his car. Although not convicted two members of the white supremacist group, The Order, were convicted of violating his civil rights and sentenced to 190 years in prison. 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 »

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Michael Carnes: [about Gary] This guy smells too good. He's the kind of guy who needs an Alamo to defend. He's perfect!
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Love, Betrayal and Terrorism
13 May 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Chicago, the host of a controversial radio talk show Sam Kraus (Richard Libertini) is assassinated in the garage of his building by the terrorist group Z.O.G. – "Zionist Occupied Government. FBI agent Catherine Phillips (Debra Winger) is assigned to work undercover in a rural area to investigate the prime suspect Gary Simmons (Tom Berenger) using the identity of Katie Weaver. Katie meets the family man and widower Gary, his mother, his son and his daughter, and she believes he is innocent and they fall in love for each other. Gary trusts on Katie, proposes her and discloses the truth about his separatists and bigot friends and himself to her. Katie lives a dilemma and asks her superior Mike Carnes (John Heard) to be taken off the case because of her feelings. Mike insists and Katie is divided by her love and her duty, leading to a tragic consequence.

The thriller "Betrayed" is still impressive nineteen years after its release. The story is ahead of time, showing terrorism inside North America thirteen years before the tragic September 11th. In 1988, Iraq was allied of United States of America and Iran was the enemy. Sam Kraus foresees in his show that in the future Iran would be allied of USA. Director Costa-Gravas disclose a story with drama, romance, thriller and action through two needy characters: the agent Catherine Phillips is orphan, lives alone, and when she meets the family of her suspect she can not believe that he is a criminal. Gary Simmons is a honest man, disclosing his world to his beloved mate. This conflict of emotions and feelings leads to a sad and pessimist conclusion. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Atraiçoados" ("Betrayed")


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