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Salting the Battlefield (2014)

This is a re-release of the original title Salting the Battlefield (2014).

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David Hare

Writer:

David Hare
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Alec Beasley
Shazad Latif ... Jez Nichols
Felicity Jones ... Julianne Worricker
James McArdle ... Ted Finch
Bill Nighy ... Johnny Worricker
Saskia Reeves ... Anthea Catcheside
Daniel Ryan ... Bill Catcheside
Leanne Best ... Amber Page
Judy Davis ... Jill Tankard
Helena Bonham Carter ... Margot Tyrrell
Ewen Bremner ... Rollo Maverley
Olivia Williams ... Belinda Kay
Kate Burdette ... Allegra Betts
Rupert Graves ... Stirling Rogers
Andrew Cleaver Andrew Cleaver ... Brian Lord
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Storyline

The Johnny Worricker Spy trilogy concludes with Salting the Battlefield, in which our hero with his ex girlfriend, Margot are criss-crossing Europe trying to stay one step ahead of the security services and a vengeful Prime Minister. Worricker is being watched - His family and friends are being watched - He is running out of cash and he needs to make a move to reach an endgame. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

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English | German

Release Date:

15 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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The Worricker Trilogy See more »

Filming Locations:

Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany See more »

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When Worricker and Margot are playing chess, the chess board is set up incorrectly. There should be a white square on the right edge of the board as they face it. The placement of the pieces appears randomly placed. See more »

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Margot Tyrrell: You know him well?
Reverend Bernard Towers: I helped him through some difficult days. When he was a student, he loved the idea of faith, the life of the church. So, someone had to point out that he didn't actually believe.
Margot Tyrrell: And that was you. And he didn't.
Reverend Bernard Towers: No. He wanted to, more than anything, but sadly that's not the same thing.
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Open wounds need healing
27 March 2014 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

The Johnny Worricker trilogy concludes with Salting the Battlefield. Our hero with his ex girlfriend, Margot (Helena Bonham-Carter) are criss- crossing Europe trying to stay one step ahead of the security services and a vengeful Prime Minister. However if you must go out for a coffee early in the morning then chances are you will be spotted.

Worricker is being watched, his family and friends are being watched. He is running out of cash and he needs to make a move to reach an endgame.

The film does not mention a date, the name of the governing political party but we can guess this is a New Labour administration set a few years ago and although writer/director has stated that Alec Beasley is a new type of Prime Minister and Ralph Fiennes gives him a healthy dash of Lambert La Roux (The media mogul from a previous Hare play, Pravda) we can sense there is a lot of Tony Blair imbued in the character and events.

We do reach an end game as Worricker feeds the press and confronts the Prime Minister, not without Beasley asking difficult but loaded questions in return which was a very New Labour thing to do.

The Worricker trilogies have been enjoyable, despite the location shooting they were very much glorified stage plays, almost bottle dramas. I did feel Hare the writer would had benefited from someone else directing who would had bought a more visual flair and pacy action.

What we do get are uniformly well acted dramas, sterlingly led by a very feline Bill Nighy but they required more demands from the viewers than it needed because it was stilted here and there.


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