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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

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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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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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UK

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English | German

Release Date:

15 November 2014 (USA) See more »

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The Worricker Trilogy See more »

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Wiesbaden, Hessen, Germany See more »

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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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Reunites three Harry Potter actors; Ralph Fieness, Helena Bonham Carter and Bill Nighy 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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For your cerebral eyes only?
7 January 2018 | by ptone-93207See all my reviews

The problem may be that we've had too many Bourne and Bond movies of late. Or perhaps it's also a younger audience (most probably men) who prefer easily telegraphed plot points alongside the beautifully (and expensively) choreographed action scenes. Maybe they've never checked out Alec Guinness in his portrayal of George Smiley, or better yet, the Le Carré novels to understand how actual tradecraft operates.

I'm not saying that this whole series works flawlessly; there are plot loopholes and legitimate complaints about not fleshing out Worricker character sufficiently. One could argue that Johnny is so terribly flawed (and the films do make that perfectly clear that he is flawed) that he remains a cypher to even those closest to him. And would that not serve him well as a spy? However, we don't see a backstory of him operating in the field, only as an office-bound intelligence analyst. I understand other quibbles that reviewers cite. But overall, this series bears repeated viewings to fully grasp the nuances and the ulterior motives of the main protagonists. It is in these readjustments of thought and action where the films excel, along with brilliant (if sometimes too elliptical) dialogue and fine acting.

And speaking of acting, this series provides several substantive roles for women, and not just young, attractive women. No review I've read calls attention to that.

Having said that, I find it disappointing that ratings on the IMDB are so low, since this series deserves to be seen. But you will have to pay close attention, and by doing so you will fully appreciate the issues raised, most of which are still with us years later.

Oh, and I do like the best of the Bond and Bourne films; but they are a different animal all together and thus should not be the subject of comparisons.


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