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Hidden Agenda (1990)

When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon ... See full summary »

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Ken Loach

Writer:

Jim Allen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frances McDormand ... Ingrid Jessner
Brian Cox ... Kerrigan
Brad Dourif ... Paul Sullivan
Mai Zetterling ... Moa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernard Archard ... Sir Robert Neil
Maureen Bell Maureen Bell ... Mrs. Molloy
John Benfield ... Maxwell
Bernard Bloch Bernard Bloch ... Henri
Stephen Brigden Stephen Brigden ... Army major
Victoria D'Angelo Victoria D'Angelo ... Journalist
Kym Dyson Kym Dyson ... Carol
Michelle Fairley ... Teresa Doyle
Gerry Fearon Gerry Fearon ... Taxi driver
Llew Gardner Llew Gardner ... TV announcer
Ron Kavana Ron Kavana ... Musician
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Storyline

When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agenda Secreta See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,030,938
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hemdale, Initial (II) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frances McDormand and Brad Dourif also played a couple in another social and politically charged movie, in Mississippi Burning (1988). See more »

Quotes

Det. Sgt. Hughes: Classified information.
Kerrigan: Classified, my bullshit! What the fuck you people are running in here? You're own private shooting war?
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Connections

Referenced in Men in Black II (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Young Ned of the Hill
Written and performed by Ron Kavana and Terry Woods
Published by Stiff Music
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vast right wing conspiracy
12 October 2006 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

When a police investigator is called in to determine the facts behind the murder/execution of an American civil rights lawyer in Northern Ireland, he discovers not only an extensive cover-up of that event, but also a giant political conspiracy as well. Set in Northern Ireland, the film is a critical look at the response by the British government and military to the IRA. Not only is the response brutal and deadly, the so-called threat the IRA poses to order and stability is capitalized on by Tory political masterminds in Margaret Thatcher's administration, as well as the CIA, in a devious attempt to permanently keep the progressive Labor opposition from ever taking power again. Directed by Ken Loach, the film has a noticeable political angle, though he holds a steady hand on the action and the investigation, with sharply written and acted interrogation scenes and meetings with reclusive IRA people, as well as bringing in the political elites, to make it fast moving and constantly interesting.


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