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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 »

Director:

George Sluizer

Writers:

Christina Kallas (screenplay), George Sluizer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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 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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Country:

Belgium | Germany | UK | USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1998 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A főbiztos See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgium See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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James Morton: You're not by any chance some kind of feminist?
Helena: The worst kind! A Woman!
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Worthy subject but why tell half a story?
13 October 2004 | by stephen-simpsonSee all my reviews

This film's subject matter may be more worthwhile than average - let's face it, the institutions of the European Union need all the PR they can get - but that doesn't make up for the unlikely plot twists, unsubtle (cliched, even) characters and the feeling that this is only the first part of a bigger story.

The viewer is likely to feel unsatisfied because different elements aren't connected well; for example, the film begins with a very dramatic scene but this turns out not to be the real climax, only one of a series of dramatic events. The nature of the relationships between John Hurt's character and other characters, such as his wife, his lover, the prime minister and the journalist, is not shown in a way that reveals how it is relevant to the plot.

John Hurt is always watchable and it's just a shame that this partly-realized story provides the viewer with only the odd glimpse of what his character could be; a determined, morally decent (but flawed) man prepared to bring the world down around him for the sake of justice.


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