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Defence Of The Realm [DVD]

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  • Actors: Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi, Denholm Elliott, Ian Bannen, Fulton Mackay
  • Directors: David Drury
  • Writers: Martin Stellman
  • Producers: David Puttnam, Lynda Myles, Robin Douet
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: ITV Studios
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct. 1999
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00004CZVG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,351 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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While investigating the link between M.P. Dennis Markham (Ian Bannen) and an East German agent, young journalist Nick Mullen (Gabriel Byrne) realises that he is being set up by the authorities. After his colleague, Vernon Bayliss (Denholm Elliott), is killed in suspicious circumstances, Mullen teams up with Bayliss' beautiful secretary Nina (Greta Scacchi) to get at the truth.

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In the politically charged atmosphere of Margaret Thatcher's Britain, newspaper reporters are hungry for the big story that will make them stars and their newspapers famous. Nick Mullen (Gabriel Byrne in his first starring role) is one such reporter for the London Daily Dispatch. A top member of Parliament (Ian Bannen) is the focus of the latest political scandal: he has been photographed with a prostitute who is known to have Russian contacts. Nick barrels into the scandal full-bore, despite warnings from his mentor (a deft Denholm Elliott). Nick receives a tip that makes his story a front-page item and he quickly becomes a celebrity himself. But as he soon discovers, there is much more to the story than he imagined. Director David Drury (Prime Suspect 3) keeps this highly complex, John le Carré-esque story moving swiftly. The clues are hard to find at times but it is not because the story is told unclearly; rather, the filmmakers have decided that audiences can think for themselves and piece together the information along with Nick. Defence of the Realm overlooked and truly entertaining thinking person's film. --Doug Thomas --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.


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