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Hidden Agenda (1990)

When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Loach

Writer:

Jim Allen
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Cast

Credited cast:
Frances McDormand ... Ingrid Jessner
Brian Cox ... Kerrigan
Brad Dourif ... Paul Sullivan
Mai Zetterling ... Moa
Bernard Archard ... Sir Robert Neil
John Benfield ... Maxwell
Bernard Bloch Bernard Bloch ... Henri
Michelle Fairley ... Teresa Doyle
Patrick Kavanagh ... Alec Nevin
Des McAleer Des McAleer ... Sgt. Kennedy
Ian McElhinney ... Jack Cunningham
Jim Norton ... Brodie
Maurice Roëves ... Harris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maureen Bell Maureen Bell ... Mrs. Molloy
Stephen Brigden Stephen Brigden ... Army major
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Storyline

When an American human rights lawyer is assassinated in Belfast, it remains for the man's girlfriend, as well as a tough, no nonsense, police detective to find the truth... which they soon discover to be contained in an audio tape which the man had with him, exposing political manipulations at the highest levels of government. But such underlying agendas require careful considerations to avoid worse things than murder. Written by BOB STEBBINS <stebinsbob@aol.com>

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Inspired By Actual Events. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Agenda Secreta See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$49,827, 25 November 1990

Gross USA:

$1,030,938

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,030,938
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Hemdale, Initial (II) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

According to Aaron Beierle at website DVD Talk, this film "is a fictional story based upon real events." Similarly, Chris Hicks at website Desert News says the film is: "A fictional story, though inspired by real events . . . Specifically the film is based on the covered-up affairs involving Harold Wilson, Colin Wallace and John Stalker." See more »

Quotes

Ingrid Jessner: Mr. Kerrigan, how far you'll be willing to go with this?
Kerrigan: If... and it's still a big if, if Harris is in anyway connect with the shooting I don't care whose toes I tread on, he becomes part of the investigation. No more, no less. Okay?
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Soundtracks

Young Ned of the Hill
Written and performed by Ron Kavana and Terry Woods
Published by Stiff Music
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Good Political Movie
17 March 2003 | by barberouxSee all my reviews

"Hidden Agenda" was an enjoyable political thriller. The story was a somewhat typical Irish against the bloody English set in the late 1980's. The strength of the movie was in the fine acting by Frances McDormand, as usual, Brian Cox and many others. The ending some may find unsatisfactory. It tends to be open ended. I thought it provided much speculation on what Frances McDormand would do. I also thought it to be true to life.


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