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The Commissioner (1998)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 22 February 1998 (Germany)
A member of the British government is sent to Brussels to become British Commissioner to the European Community. He is made aware of a web of political and industrial corruption through a ... See full summary »

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George Sluizer

Writers:

Christina Kallas (screenplay), George Sluizer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... James Morton
Rosana Pastor ... Helena Moguentes
Alice Krige ... Isabelle Morton
Armin Mueller-Stahl ... Hans Koenig
Johan Leysen ... Horst Kramer
Simon Chandler ... Peter Simpson
David Morrissey ... Murray Lomax
James Faulkner ... Gordon Cartwright
Alan MacNaughtan ... Karl Ritter (as Alan MacNaughton)
Bill Bolender ... Arthur Groom
Julian Wadham ... Prime minister
Adrian Brine Adrian Brine ... President of Court
Kevork Malikyan ... Greek commissioner
John Abbott John Abbott ... Commissioner's Laywer
Max Gold Max Gold ... Morton Lawyer
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A member of the British government is sent to Brussels to become British Commissioner to the European Community. He is made aware of a web of political and industrial corruption through a series of anonymous letters. Despite his own history of political expediency, the Commissioner rises to the moral challenge, and faces off with the evil forces responsible. Written by Peter Samuelson <petersam@who.net>

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Drama | Thriller

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Belgium | Germany | UK | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1998 (Germany) See more »

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Belgium See more »

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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James Morton: You're not by any chance some kind of feminist?
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Yawn
21 November 2013 | by fluke-21See all my reviews

John Hurt is wasted in this German-English-Belgian low-budget, poorly produced drama/thriller. Hurt does his best, and the basic idea from the novel is sound, but this film is a failure in most respects (If you want an example of how this sort of thing MIGHT have been done, chase up the original English TV series of 'Edge of Darkness') For a start the production values are awful. It's sub-TV. In one scene a camera pans to the left, obviously bumps into something, wobbles, and the six producers and co-producers (not to mention editor, director) either didn't notice or didn't care. The sound, in some scenes, is filled with the sort of ambient noise you really don't want: noises which ought not be heard make their way in.

Supporting actors are at best adequate; at worst painful.

In theory it ought to work, given a budget, but it ends up a tiresome shambles. Without Hurt it would be unwatchable. Gods know why maybe the best male actor of the early-mid 80's was reduced to this sort of thing.


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