Tuesday
24
Jan
7.30pm
Back Defence of the Realm
 
Tue
24
Jan
No film notes
class rating
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 at 7.30pm
Journalism
  • Thriller
  • 1985
  • UK
  • Colour
  • 91 mins.
 

 

The role of the sozzled veteran reporter who for once finds himself involved in a meaningful story is brought wonderfully to life by Denholm Elliott, here attempting to clear the name of an MP who's forced to resign after a sex scandal. Gabriel Byrne, as Elliott's ambitious young colleague, is less effective, but the film has plenty of tension and co-star Greta Scacchi proves a worthy accomplice. This unsettling movie proves the truth of the maxim that allgovernments are up to no good.

Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times Film Guide



Director:

 
David Drury

Screenplay:

 
Martin Stellman

Cast:

 
GABRIEL BYRNE, Nick Mullen; GRETA SCACCHI, Nina Beckman; DENHOLM ELLIOTT, Vernon Bayliss; IAN BANNEN, Dennis Markham; FULTON MACKAY, Victor Kingsbrook; BILL PATERSON, Jack Macleod; DAVID CALDER, Harry Champion; ROBBIE COLTRANE, Leo McAskey
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