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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. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

  • Release date:November 21, 1990


Frances McDormand
as Ingrid Jessner
Brian Cox
as Peter Kerrigan
Brad Dourif
as Paul Sullivan
Mai Zetterling
as Moa
Bernard Bloch
as Henri
Bernard Archard
as Sir Robert Neil
John Benfield
as Maxwell
Maurice Roeves
as Harris
Michelle Fairley
as Teresa Doyle
Oliver Maguire
as Supt. Fraser
Maureen Bell
as Mrs. Molloy
Ivan Little
as TV Reporter
Gerry Fearon
as Taxi Driver
John McDonnell
as Labour MP
Robert Patterson
as Ian Logan
Stephen Brigden
as Army Major
Ron Kavana
Jim Norton
as Brodie
Ian McElhinney
as Jack Cunningham
Kym Dyson
as Carol
George Staines
as Tall Man
Desmond McAleer
as Sgt. Kennedy
Mandy McIlwaine
as RUC Policewoman
Terry Woods
as Musician
Llew Gardner
as TV Announcer
Bryan McCann
as Molloy


Ken Loach
Derek Gibson
Rebecca O'Brien
John Daly
Eric Fellner
Jim Allen
Clive Tickner
Stewart Copeland
Composer (Music Score)
Jonathan Morris
Martin Johnson
Production Designer
Nigel Phelps
Art Director
Daphne Dare
Costume Designer
Louise Fisher