- Rated: PG
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 3, 2003
- Originally Released: 1986
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.66
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.66
- Stereo Surround - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Variety - 11/27/1985
"...[A] fast-paced thriller....Denholm Elliott gives an extraordinary performance....[The direction has] vigor and wit..."
Los Angeles Times - 11/21/1986
"...Electrifying....Terrifying in its political 'what ifs', keenly intelligent, played by one of those dream British casts and full of scenes that leave us limp from controlled tension, it's a beautiful job all around..."
Sight and Sound - 04/01/2008
"[I]t conveys the sense of anxiety in a country still griped by Cold War fears....The redoubtable British character actors and caustic dialogue add some pep..."
DEFENSE OF THE REALM is a gripping thriller that stars Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi, and Denholm Elliott. Nick Mullen (Byrne), a young reporter for a British daily newspaper, is beginning to drift into a cynical and bored routine when he suddenly stumbles across a political cover-up. With the aid of his colleague, Vernon (Elliott), and his attractive secretary, Nina (Scacchi), Nick sets out on a dangerous journey to uncover hidden truths.
Theatrical Release |
- Shot entired on location in England.
- Co-produced by the Rank Organisation.
- Shown at the London Film Festival, November 21, 1985.
- Additional cast: Annabel Leventon (Trudy Markham), Graham Fletcher-Cook (Micky Parker), Steven Woodcock (Steven Dyce), Alexei Jawdokimov (Dietrich Kleist), Daniel Webb (Danny Royce), Prentis Hancock (Frank Longman), and Michael Johnson (Humphrey Channing).
- Copyright Rank Film Distributors, Ltd. 1985.