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Agent of Influence (2002)

1964. It's the height of the Cold War. Beyond the extremes of the Americans and the Soviets on opposing sides, other nations, such as Canada, are caught somewhere in the middle of the war. ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Plummer ... John Watkins
Marina Orsini ... Diane Fletcher
Ted Whittall ... Robert Madison
Shaun Johnston ... David Present
Kurtis Sanheim Kurtis Sanheim ... Sean Fitzpatrick
Alain Goulem ... Murray Fletcher
Terry Lawrence Terry Lawrence ... Chris Hayden
Paul Coeur Paul Coeur ... Charles Adair
Gregory Hlady ... Gregory Aloysha
Cas Anvar ... Khamal Rashid
Norman Edge Norman Edge ... Fletcher Sr.
Pierre Rivard Pierre Rivard ... Mario Béliveau
Al Holt Al Holt ... Charles Blackburn
Doug MacLeod ... James Jesus Angleton (as Douglas MacLeod)
John Dunn-Hill ... Andrei Gromyko


1964. It's the height of the Cold War. Beyond the extremes of the Americans and the Soviets on opposing sides, other nations, such as Canada, are caught somewhere in the middle of the war. James Watkins is the Canadian Ambassador to the Soviet Union, and is a personal friend of the Canadian Prime Minister, Nobel Laureate Lester B. Pearson, that friendship the only reason why Watkins took the job in which he would have no interest otherwise. The CIA believes Watkins is working for the Soviets, although they have no conclusive evidence, which they promise to the RCMP they are working on getting. While the Americans want Canadian action taken to neutralize Watkins with or without that evidence, certain factions within Canadian authority see things differently. Inspector David Present, Director of the RCMP's KGB desk, wants to see that evidence from the CIA before taking any action against Watkins, Present who brings in his own biases of the times not directly related to spying per se. ... Written by Huggo

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English | Romany | French | Russian

Release Date:

June 2002 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

Un agent d'influence See more »

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Dolby SR


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Pathetic - not the movie, the real-life situation
4 July 2019 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Agent of Influence" from 2002 is the disturbing true story of the CIA's framing of the Canadian Ambassador to the USSR (Christopher Plummer) by exposing him as a Russian agent. In so doing, they want to force him to implicate the Prime Minister at the time, Pearson. It stars Christopher Plummer, Marina Orsini, Ted Whittall, and Shaun Johnson.

With the exception of Plummer, the acting ranged from good to so-so - Marina Orsini, I think in an attempt to sound American, did her more subtle scenes the best. Plummer as usual was amazing as a man in failing health coming up against the ruination of his career at the hands of the CIA. The incident took place in 1964; the real story was finally revealed in 1980.

The older I get, the more disgusted I get by our government's antics. Sad statement.

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