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Defence of the Realm (Defense of the Realm)
In this coolly British spy thriller, Gabriel Byrne is Mullen, a neophyte newspaper reporter who learns some tough lessons about England's Secret Service when he uncovers a story linking a parliamentary VIP to a KGB agent. Mullen decides to go ahead with this story even though his older, left-of-center colleague Vernon Bayliss (the late Denhom Elliot, "Best Supporting Actor," 1985 British Academy Awards), says it smacks of a set-up. Lo and behold, after the VIP dies suddenly, Mullen has second thoughts. Soon he is on a collision course with powerful governments and their desire to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

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"Mostly pleasing old-fashioned political thriller."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There are marvelous performances by several British character actors, especially Denholm Elliott and Ian Bannen, and feelings of nerve-racking paranoia are evoked as a reporter, played by Gabriel Byrne, uncovers unexpected motives while investigating a Ca"
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
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