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Hidden Agenda (1990)

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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.

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Cast

Brian Cox
as Kerrigan
Frances McDormand
as Ingrid Jessner
Jim Norton
as Brodie
Patrick Kavanagh
as Alec Nevin
Bernard Archard
as Sir Robert Neil
Michelle Fairley
as Teresa Doyle
Oliver Maguire
as Supt. Fraser
Des McAleer
as Sgt. Kennedy
Mandy McIlwaine
as RUC Policewoman
Ivan Little
as TV Reporter
Llew Gardner
as TV Announcer
Kate Smith
as News Reporter
Desmond McAleer
as Sgt. Kennedy
John Keegan
as Detective Sergeant Hughts
Ian McElhinney
as Jack Cunningham
Maureen Bell
as Mrs. Molloy
Stephen Brigden
as Army Major
Kym Dyson
as Carol
Jim McAllister
as Liam Philbin
Gerry Fearon
as Taxi Driver
Ron Kavana
as Musician
Terry Woods
as Musician
Kathleen Smith
as News Reporter
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Critic Reviews for Hidden Agenda

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (6)

Though it attempts to make an acceptable theatrical entertainment out of a complex political saga, Hidden Agenda lacks bigscreen impact.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

There's plenty of evidence of Loach's undiminished power as a film-maker, and equally ample evidence that something is very rotten in the state of Northern Ireland.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

This quietly explosive film comes to resonate more loudly than melodrama.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5

Ken Loach's Hidden Agenda must be the most buttoned-down movie about a conspiracy theory ever made.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Its own terms and for much of the way, this is a superior thriller.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Well-intentioned, but rather murky.

March 30, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Hidden Agenda

A Ken Loach film without a great deal of hype but I would highly recommend searching through the older film rack to take a look at this one.

John Ballantine
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