Rent Hidden Agenda (1990)

3.6 of 5 from 72 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
American activists Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif) and his fiancee Ingrid Jessner (Frances McDormand) journey to Belfast to probe allegations of brutal human rights abuses by British security forces. When Paul is killed under mysterious circumstances, the official reports list him as an IRA accomplice. But Ingrid and British policeman Paul Kerrigan (Brian Cox) question the findings and begin to uncover a shocking high-level conspiracy. Now, with their safety in jeopardy, they must decide whether to risk everything to reveal the truth.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Eric Fellner
Writers:
Jim Allen
Studio:
MGM Home Entertainment
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
Collections:
Top 10 Films By Year, Top Films of 1990: Vol. 1
Awards:

1990 Cannes Jury Prize

BBFC:
Release Date:
28/04/2003
Run Time:
104 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 3.0, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono, Spanish Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
16/10/2015
Run Time:
108 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Stereo
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Newly filmed interview with actor Brian Cox (2015)
  • Newly filmed interview with director Ken Loach and producer Rebecca O'Brien (2015)
  • The Guardian Interview with Ken Loach (1992): archival interview conducted by critic Derek Malcolm, filmed at the NFT
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (1) of Hidden Agenda

Divisive yet Brilliant British Political Thriller - Hidden Agenda review by GI

Spoiler Alert
06/02/2023

Ken Loach's political thriller about the murder of an American Civil Rights lawyer investigating torture by the British security forces in Northern Ireland at the height of 'The Troubles' certainly divided audiences especially in the UK. It's loosely inspired by the 'Stalker Enquiry' with Brian Cox playing a top UK detective, Kerrigan assigned to investigate the murder but who finds himself out of his depth in the convoluted politics and twisted morality of Ulster during this time. A small international group of civil rights lawyers led by Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif) and his partner, Ingrid (Frances McDormand) is preparing a report on the use of torture and a possible 'shoot to kill' policy by the British Intelligence forces. He is given a recording by a disaffected soldier (Maurice Roëves) that he claims has evidence of high ranking politicians in a major plot that includes bringing down the Government. When he is murdered Kerrigan is sent to investigate but finds he is up against an obstructive police force and may himself become a target. Loach makes no attempt to hide his assertion that the security services and British Government were engaged in a dirty war involving a shoot to kill policy. Cox is superb here, a no nonsense copper who faces a crisis of faith in what is a very sharp thriller, with double cross and murder at the heart of the well written story and although director Ken Loach's films are unapologetically political in theme and narrative this is a topnotch British film.

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