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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 »

Director:

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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Every government has one. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The date and decade that this motion picture is set is the 1980s, specifically the year of 1982. See more »

Quotes

Kerrigan: I understand the point you're trying to make, Sir Robert. That to maintain the system, the abuse of power is sometimes necessary.
Sir Robert Neil: Yes. It allows us to enjoy the freedom of living in a free society. A price the public are prepared to pay.
Kerrigan: That's a dangerous concept.
Sir Robert Neil: But a realistic one.
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Soundtracks

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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All too relevant
14 June 2004 | by mlsteinSee all my reviews

Not top-drawer Ken Loach; the "thriller" elements are well-done, but the warmth and depth Loach brings to his working-class stories has no place here. There's a structural flaw in the script, too--it presents itself as a film about Northern Ireland but then jumps headlong into something equally involving but quite different.

It is, all the same, a well-crafted, atmospheric film that never lacks excitement and raises some substantial issues. More importantly, the entire film is sadly prescient. The opening torture narratives could have been translated from accounts of Abu Ghraib prison. Change a couple of proper names and the scenery, and this would be the best film around on the U.S. occupation of Iraq. Even the second half of the story (no spoiler warning, so I give no details) rings truer and truer as time goes by.

Richly deserves reissue.


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