Hidden Agenda

Hidden Agenda

Director: Ken Loach Cast: Frances McDormand, Brian Cox, Brad Dourif


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This political thriller is set against the backdrop of Northern Ireland's "Troubles" and directed in the documentary fashion common to British filmmaker Ken Loach's films. Paul Sullivan (Brad Dourif) and Ingrid Jessner (Frances McDormand) are American attorneys serving on a human rights group working to monitor cases of prisoner mistreatment in war-torn Belfast. When Paul learns of some information that may be injurious to the Thatcher government, he is killed, and a top-secret tape disappears. Assigned to the case, Inspector Kerrigan (Brian Cox) is joined by Ingrid in probing Paul's death, which seems to be related to rumors of a high-ranking cabal within the British government working to undermine the Irish Republican Army and liberal policies toward Irish separatists through violent and illegal means. Ingrid meets with Harris (Maurice Roeves), a former British Secret Service agent who's now turned on his former cronies. Together, they look for the top-secret tape.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/15/2015
UPC: 0738329178123
Original Release: 1990
Rating: R
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Sales rank: 58,574

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Frances McDormand Ingrid Jessner
Brian Cox Peter Kerrigan
Brad Dourif Paul Sullivan
Mai Zetterling Moa
Bernard Archard Sir Robert Neil
Bernard Bloch Henri
John Benfield Maxwell
Maurice Roeves Harris
Michelle Fairley Teresa Doyle
Oliver Maguire Supt. Fraser
Maureen Bell Mrs. Molloy
Stephen Brigden Army Major
Victoria Scott D'Angelo Journalist
Kym Dyson Carol
Gerry Fearon Taxi Driver
Llew Gardner TV Announcer
Ron Kavana Actor
Patrick Kavanaugh Alec Nevin
John Keegan Detective Sergeant Hughts
Ivan Little TV Reporter
Desmond McAleer Sgt. Kennedy
Jim McAllister Liam Philibin
Bryan McCann Molloy
John McDonnell Labour MP
Ian McElhinney Jack Cunningham
Mandy McIlwaine RUC Policewoman
Jim Norton Brodie
Robert Patterson Ian Logan
Kathleen Smith News Reporter
George Staines Tall Man
Terry Woods Musician

Technical Credits
Ken Loach Director
Jim Allen Screenwriter
Stewart Copeland Score Composer
John Daly Producer
Daphne Dare Costumes/Costume Designer
Vendetta Effects Special Effects
Eric Fellner Producer
Louise Fisher Makeup
Derek Gibson Producer
Martin Johnson Production Designer
Jonathan Morris Editor
Rebecca O'Brien Producer
Nigel Phelps Art Director
Clive Tickner Cinematographer

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Hidden Agenda 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have watched this at least 5 times to try and catch all the nuances of the storyline. It is an absolutely fascinating look at one of the main problems in Northern Ireland...collusion between the English government at it's highest levels and unionist paramilitaries in Northern Ireland. This is a 'Must See'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film came out the year I moved back to the States after having lived in Belfast for nearly nine years. Trust me, this film is very true to life. And if that doesn't frighten you I don't know what would. It is a well done film and in my opinion one of Ken Loach's best films. He is a film maker I very much admire.