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Dirty War (2004)

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A terrorist group detonates a radiological dispersal device (RDD) in Central London. Due to a lack of preparation, training, and resources, chaos ensues.

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Daniel Percival
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gavin Abbott Gavin Abbott ... Bomb Incident Officer 2
Joanne Adams Joanne Adams ... Control Officer 1
Shamshad Akhtar Shamshad Akhtar ... Falzah
Dean Ashton Dean Ashton ... RSM Officer
Paul Antony-Barber ... Commander Paul Hardwick
Kameal Nisha Bisnauthsingh Kameal Nisha Bisnauthsingh ... Razla
Louise Breckon-Richards Louise Breckon-Richards ... DC Vicky Loman
Keir Charles ... Press Officer
Josh Cole Josh Cole ... Control Officer 2
Zoe Conway Zoe Conway ... TV Reporter - Liz Street
Joanna Croll ... Female Doctor
Craig Crosbie Craig Crosbie ... Radiation Expert
Fuman Dar Fuman Dar ... Mohammed Ibn Harrara
Louise Delamere ... Liz Corrigan
Tony Dolan Tony Dolan ... Lead TSG Officer
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After years of meticulous planning, a terrorist operation is reaching its final stages. The authorities have received no intelligence; they are in a race against time but don't yet know it. As the operation unfolds, we see the working lives of men and women directly affected by terrorism. Among them: a firemen worried about the increasingly dangerous conditions he and his men are expected to work under; the head of the anti-terrorist branch whose responsibility it is to protect London and a female Muslim detective brought into Scotland Yard to investigate another suspected terrorist cell. But it is too late to stop the attack. Outside Liverpool Street station suicide bombers detonate a large radiological dispersal device (RDD). The explosive blast kills scores of commuters and sends a cloud of smoke containing radioactive debris high into the morning sky. For the police, a desperate struggle to find and stop secondary attacks begins. For the fire service, the difficult and dangerous ... Written by kjwilliams1079

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On a quiet street the men next door are going about their business. The business of nuclear terrorism. See more »

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Thriller | Drama

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BBC [UK] | HBO [United States]

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English

Release Date:

24 January 2005 (USA) See more »

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London, England, UK

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£2,500,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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A must-see movie of our times!
26 January 2005 | by MountainManSee all my reviews

Well this movie certainly was in keeping with the current times. No happy endings, super-heroes, or miracles here. Just down-to-earth fiction to stimulate our minds along the lines of terrorism, and what-ifs. Kudos to Percival and Mickery for an excellent screenplay and superb direction by Percival. Films like this are needed to keep us aware of what is out there. If every peace-loving man and woman on earth reported obviously suspicious activities I believe terrorism could not thrive. This movie showed just how hard it really is to subvert these terrorists, even with good intelligence. Even though the film is a bit propagandist against Islam (the use of a Muslim police officer as a main character) I believe it was entirely realistic. There was meant to be shock-value in the bombing incident. As a very clever tool to relay the humility and indignity of people caught up in an attack such as this, they showed full nudity of women being decontaminated post-attack. It didn't take me long to realize that this was meant to even further instill into the viewer that thought, i.e., we are not in control of everything in a situation like this. Although this took place in London, with the usual high-level British acting, it makes a statement for any part of the world. Great movies don't have to be blockbuster epic productions, and this movie is very very worthy of viewing.


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