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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

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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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R | See all certifications »

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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

First cinema movie that actor Brian Cox was seen in after he had portrayed Dr. Hannibal Lecktor in Manhunter (1986) around four years earlier. See more »

Quotes

Kerrigan: What happened to the film?
Ingrid Jessner: Never got made.
Kerrigan: Too controversial?
Ingrid Jessner: Too honest, I think. It was about how Mr. Kissinger, the CIA and the Pentagon have made Chile safe for democracy.
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Joe McDonnell
Written by Brian Warfield
Re-arranged by Ron Kavana
Performed by Ron Kavana and Terry Woods
Published by Skin Music
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Excellent
16 May 2002 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Just great political drama. It takes place in 1987 Belfast. A human rights activist (Frances McDormand) investigating British brutality against the Irish, and a police inspector (Brian Cox) are investigating the murder of one of her colleagues. They find a huge conspiracy that leads to the highest people in government.

I know only the basics of the conflict in Northern Ireland, but I was able to follow the story. They shot on location and the accents are, at times, incomprehensible, but it actually adds to the movie. The movie looks grimy and bleak...as it should. The movie is VERY critical of England. McDormand and Cox are superb and the movie is very realistic...especially the ending.

Sadly, this movie bombed big in America. It came out before McDormand hit it big with "Fargo" and Cox before "In the Name of the Father". Still, this is well worth seeing. Don't miss it!


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