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In ascolto (2006)

Estranged by the degree of corporate influence within the largest U.S. listening station in the world, an aging NSA officer defects and mounts a clandestine counter-listening station high in the Italian alps.

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Giacomo Martelli

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Giacomo Martelli (story), Giacomo Martelli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Parks ... James Wagley
Maya Sansa ... Francesca Savelli
Andrea Tidona Andrea Tidona ... Gianni Longardo
James Parks ... Anthony Ashe
Matt Patresi ... Guglia Graef
Bruce McGuire ... Phil Kovacs
Vincent Riotta Vincent Riotta ... Frank Vaughan
Terence Beesley ... John Strobel
Carla Cassola Carla Cassola ... Tina Longardo
Giulia Bernardini Giulia Bernardini ... Katherine Palmer
Marc Fiorini ... Lehmann
Adam O'Neill Adam O'Neill ... Louis Perry
Jay Natelle ... Bryden
Claudia Zanella ... Annamaria
Harold Bradley Harold Bradley ... Polygraph Examiner
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Estranged by the degree of corporate influence within the largest U.S. listening station in the world, an aging NSA officer defects and mounts a clandestine counter-listening station high in the Italian alps.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

28 April 2006 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Listening See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€2,870,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€87,968 (Italy), 30 April 2006, Limited Release
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Production Co:

EchoFilm, Ammo Films See more »
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Interesting factoids about spying, mediocre acting, "yeah, right" plot parts
21 October 2006 | by v_imdb-126See all my reviews

The movie gives out lots of interesting factoids about the Echelon spying system that the plot revolves around, which a subsequent web search proved to be largely accurate (or, at least, largely accurate according to one of the various hypotheses about the system).

I found the acting to be fairly weak and unconvincing, especially the lead bad guy, but others as well. At points the acting had me thinking I was watching some kind of B movie, although there were enough decent actors to keep me wondering.

At several point plot issues had me going "Yeah, right." While you can let them slide on technology issues (although one piece of technology that plays a major role in the plot, which supposedly dates back half a century, is particularly questionable), it was often the characters' reactions to the situations they were in that had me wondering "Who would actually do that if they were in such a situation?"

Overall, though, the movie kept me entertained but the draw backs only allow me to give it a Luke warm recommendation, although I'd recommend it more strongly to conspiracy theorists and others who dig this kind of thing.


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