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Strip Search (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 27 April 2004
Strip Search follows several parallel stories examining personal freedoms vs. national security in the aftermath of 9/11; two main subplots involve an American woman detained in China and an Arab man detained in New York City.

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Sidney Lumet

Writer:

Tom Fontana
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Austin Pendleton ... James Perley
Tom Guiry ... Gerry Sykes
Fred Koheler Fred Koheler ... Jimmy Briggs
Zack Manzella Zack Manzella ... High School Boy
Daniel May Wong ... Arresting Officer
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Linda Sykes
Ken Leung ... Liu Tsung-Yuan
Jim Gaffigan ... Reverend Craig Peterson
Bruno Lastra ... Sharif Bin Said
Glenn Close ... Karen Moore
Dean Winters ... Ned McGrath
Caroline Kava ... Alvira Sykes
Peter Jacobson ... John Scanlon
Anahid Anahid ... Aaisha Bin Said
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Clerk (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
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In the aftermath of the September, 11th, in China, the American student Linda Sykes is interrogated by the military Liu Tsung-Yuan. In New York, the Arab student Sharif Bin Said is interrogated by the FBI agent Karen Moore. The psychological methods of interrogation are the same, amicable in the beginning and brutal in the end; but there is no evidence that the students are terrorists. Must security and safety of the State come at the price of freedom? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strip Search See more »

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Production Co:

HBO Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.76 : 1
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This film was the subject of much controversy. The original cut was 120 minutes but it was cut down to 56 minutes. It aired only once on HBO and further scheduled airings were canceled. See more »

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Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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Comments on Strip Searches
28 August 2005 | by papa-28See all my reviews

Hi, Strip search was a good movie. It was right on point about how your civil rights can be abused by a overzealous government. But I want to point out another aspect of strip searches. I was sentenced to 15 years to life in a maximum security prison for a drug crime. The most inhumane treatment was that of strip searches. I painted a series on this subject which can be viewed at

http://www.15yearstolife.com/contraband.htm

summary of material -

This body of work below was produced in 1995 in response to the dehumanizing

nature of body cavity searches.

INTENT OF THE ARTIST: To give the general public a view of the dehumanizing nature of the prison experience Coming back from a visit with his mother a sadistic guard ordered Papa to bend over and spread his ass cheeks on 3 occasions to look for contraband in his anal canal. No contraband was found after the first visual search. But the guard insisted that Papa continue to bend over. Papa asked the guard what he was looking for. After the third search Papa refused to cooperate asking the guard to call the supervising officer. The guard told him to get dressed and return to his cell.

Papa then went to the law library to write a complaint and researched the issue. Papa discovered 20 pages of directives issued by the Department of Corrections on how guards should search the body cavities of prisoners. Papa was disgusted and decided to paint about this dehumanizing experience. He created automatic paintings and glued parts of the directives to them.

The six pieces of work were then confiscated by the administration when Papa tried to send them to the free world...

Best, Anthony Papa www.15tolife.com author of 15 To Life: How I Painted My Way To Freedom / Feralhouse


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