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Shadow Dancer (2012)

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Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare.

Director:

James Marsh

Writers:

Tom Bradby (screenplay), Tom Bradby (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Barnes Barry Barnes ... Gerry Senior
Maria Laird Maria Laird ... Young Collette
Ben Smyth Ben Smyth ... Sean
Brid Brennan ... Ma
Jamie Scott Jamie Scott ... Young Gerry
Bradley Burke Bradley Burke ... Young Connor
Andrea Riseborough ... Collette
Daniel Tatarsky ... Watcher 1
Tom Bennett ... Watcher 2
Nia Gwynne ... Female Watcher
Jason Stalkey Jason Stalkey ... Agent 1 (as Jason Salkey)
Nicholas Asbury ... Agent 2
Clive Owen ... Mac
Morgan Watkins ... MI5 Officer
Cathal Maguire Cathal Maguire ... Mark
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Storyline

In 1993, the IRA member Collette is arrested in the London tube after leaving a bomb in the facility. MI-5 Agent Mac offers a deal to Collette to become an informer. She accepts the agreement to protect her son and in return Mac offers a new identity to her after a period working for the MI-5. Soon Mac learns that his superior Kate Fletcher is using Collette to protect her mole inside the Irish organization. Mac tries to find the identity of the informer and protect Collette. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Collette McVeigh - Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente C - Dupla Identidade See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$319,337 (United Kingdom), 24 August 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,672, 2 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$99,134, 28 July 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Screenwriter and author of the original novel Tom Bradby appears as himself in news footage early in the movie, although he is credited on screen as Patrick Clacy. Bradby is a news reporter for ITN who was stationed in Northern Ireland during the period in which the film is set. See more »

Goofs

When the car carrying the agents and Collette pulls up underneath an archway to bring her in for questioning, both rear car doors open and both agents and Collette get out. In the next shot, only the right rear car door is open and the agent on the right hand side is open and then Collette and the other agent get out. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Connor: [to his sister following an assassination] It's Done!
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: After Earth (2013) See more »

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Night Whispers
Composed by Simon Tindale, Joel Bevan and George Robertson
Published by Focus Music (Publishing) Ltd
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Sombre story about the latter days of the Troubles
1 July 2012 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

This is director James Marsh's first fiction movie. He has hitherto been known as a great documentary maker, including last year's excellent Project Nim. In Shadow Dancer he has put together a film set during the Troubles period of Northern Ireland's history. In it a girl with IRA connections is coerced into becoming an informant for MI5. This leads to several compromising and dangerous situations. While the movie is set within a clear political situation, it isn't really a political film. The focus is specifically on the role of the informer in this powder keg context. At the time there were many people in similar situations and the movie tries to look at both the dangers that they found themselves in and the complex moral dilemmas that effected people on all sides of the conflict, both republicans and British intelligence. As such, Shadow Dancer is about people, as opposed to politics and it doesn't really make any subjective comment on rights and wrongs. It's clear that both sides of the fence act in sordid ways. The distrust amongst the high command on both sides is shown to be similar. Civil war is never a simple affair.

It's a well-acted and intelligently written film. It's low-key and pensive rather than a suspenseful thrill-ride. Perhaps it's a little too slow paced and sober for its own good at times but it does gather steam in the final third and things are wrapped up quite effectively by the end with a series of events that fall into place with tragic inevitability.


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