Defense of the Realm

Closed Capationed Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi & Denholm Elliott Director: David Drury  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • 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
  • Audio:
    • Stereo Surround - English

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Entertainment Reviews:

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..."

Product Description:

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.

Plot Keywords:

Deception | Politics | Suspense | Theatrical Release | Thriller

Production Notes:

  • 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.
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  • Sales Rank: 553
  • UPC: 027616886583
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