Defense of the Realm

1985

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IMDb Rating 6.5 10 2155

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Director

Cast

Al Matthews as First U.S. Controller
Oliver Ford Davies as Anthony Clegg
Ian Bannen as Dennis Markham
Danny Webb as Danny Royce
720p.BLU
878.91 MB
1280*688
English 2.0
NR
24 fps
1 hr 35 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 9 / 10

British conspiracy thriller in the best tradition.

DEFENCE OF THE REALM is a solid and engaging little British conspiracy thriller with much in common with Hollywood cinema. Sure, it's lower budgeted than those kind of films, and certain key scenes (like a plane crash) are excised through lack of funds to shoot them which makes it feel a little choppy in places. But this variously reminded me of the likes of THE CONVERSATION, ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN, and even the recent Oscar-winner SPOTLIGHT in its positing of dedicated journalists fighting against an oppressive and unseen foe.

The film features Gabriel Byrne in his breakthrough role as a dedicated young journalist investigating a spy plot involving a government minister. The plot twists and turns throughout and I don't really want to say anything about it as that would spoil it. However, it's complex stuff and this is the kind of film that deserves, no, requires full attention, otherwise the viewer might be left feeling confused. There are fine suspense scenes, good twists, and lots of moments of creeping unease. The strong supporting cast includes roles for Robbie Coltrane, Denholm Elliott (particularly fine), Greta Scacchi, Fulton Mackay, Ian Bannen, and Bill Paterson.

Reviewed by Prismark10 9 / 10

Conspiracy of terror

First of all I will explain why I have given this low budget, little known thriller such a high rating.

The film is set in the mid 1980s. At the time in the United Kingdom we had what seemed like almost daily assaults on our civil liabilities.

We had gone through a painful recession and unemployment was over 3 million people. There was Sectarianism in Northern Ireland leading to regular terrorist incidents, there had been curbs in trade union rights and dismantling of the industrial landscape.

We had a Tory government that had a 'them and us' mentality, which was close to Ronald Reagan's USA and were keen to maintain US nuclear missiles in the UK.

There were rumours that the security service and parts of the police were out of control and being used for cover ups, including destabilising supposed enemies of the state. We had gone through a year long miners strike where the media deliberately edited news footage to show striking miners to be aggressors when it was not true. So we had the the police, armed forces, media, security services all dancing to the tune of the government of the day.

The film very much plays on this atmosphere and comes up with a taut thriller steeped in paranoia. Its very much of its time and very anti establishment.

After an incident involving a nuclear bomber at an American Air Force base in England, Dennis Markham (Ian Bannen), a prominent politician and American nuclear bases is forced by the media to resign after a liaison with a woman who is also having a thing with an East European.

The journalist who was involved in this scoop Nick Mullen (Gabriel Byrne) later suspects that Markham might have been framed and that he was being used. When his colleague Vernon Bayliss (Denholm Elliott) dies in mysterious circumstances suspects something more sinister and finds evidence of a cover up about the nuclear plane incident however government forces are out to stop him.

This is a noirish conspiracy thriller with first rate acting from the cream of British character actors such as Ian Bannen, Denholm Elliott, Fulton Mackay. Greta Scacchi provides the glamour.

Gabriel Byrne relishes the chance to play a hero and get to the truth. However the film has a twist up its sleeve. The establishment will not give in easily.

Reviewed by Sleepin_Dragon 7 / 10

A very good, well written thriller.

Defence of the Realm is a slick British thriller, it's done in the style of John Le Carre. It's no surprise that it won a host of awards, it is exciting, enthralling, and superbly acted. The writing does perhaps lack some of the intricacies of Le Carre, the most notable perhaps being the ending, which was the only element I didn't particularly like.

Gabriel Byrne is terrific, very charismatic, and well suited to the part. He's in great company, with a host of British talent, Denholm Elliot in particular is superb.

It has of course dated a little, but it stands up so well twenty plus years later. 7/10

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