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Sharon Newton (Cassie Stuart) leads the uncooperative James Richards (Charles Dance) into a world of misplaced government secrets, capitalistic artists and bungling secret agents. Will the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Dance ... James Richards
Cassie Stuart ... Sharon Newton
Bill Paterson ... Anthony
Richard E. Grant ... Brewster
Alex Norton ... Hillcombe
Tusse Silberg Tusse Silberg ... Barbara
Richard Ireson Richard Ireson ... Schoolmaster
Saul Jephcott Saul Jephcott ... Curtis
Michael Müller ... Boyce (as Michael Muller)
Stevan Rimkus Stevan Rimkus ... Young Man in Tunnel
Gerard Horan ... Young Man in Tunnel
Chris Jury ... Man at Incinerator
Campbell Morrison Campbell Morrison ... Man at Rubbish Tip
Robin Soans ... Man in Tram Tunnel
Noreen Kershaw Noreen Kershaw ... Woman Teacher
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Sharon Newton (Cassie Stuart) leads the uncooperative James Richards (Charles Dance) into a world of misplaced government secrets, capitalistic artists and bungling secret agents. Will the truth be out? Will the meaning of the hidden film footage spliced into innocuous Government Information Films be discovered? And what is so important about these misplaced medical records? Hidden City is a film set in a London made hidden by the layers of history and secrets. Written by Robert Leather <user@robert.leather.softnet.co.uk>

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Beneath the city streets lie government secrets. File #7 is missing... Pray they don't find it.

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Mystery | Thriller

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 June 1987 (UK) See more »

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UK

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Channel Four Films See more »
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Mono

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Film debut for Michelle Fairley, who portrays "Cleaner." See more »

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Intriguing story, execution is a bit dated
6 May 2010 | by rlaineSee all my reviews

What a strange movie. The story is amazingly thought-provoking and intriguing. Think of all the hidden secrets a city like London hides beneath it's surface? All the archives of wartime experiments, government mysteries, documents and information never meant for public eye.

You have a young woman trying to convince a statistician (?) played by Charles Dance that there are hidden messages or clues of a bigger picture in some wartime archive films.

The story sadly never quite uses all of it's potential. It's interesting all the way, but you're never really sure what is going on until the very end and the motivations of the characters are left a bit unknown. They're basically just intrigued and driven by pure interest rather than a real cause.

What makes the movie a bit messy and difficult to follow, is the fact that there are a few separate leads they're following, the archived films and a few documents they find at a waste dump. You also have people trying to catch them, but you're not really sure why. At least I was left a bit puzzled of what's going on at times, but maybe that was the point. You never know what you find, if you just look carefully.

Definitely an interesting story, but the execution is a bit flawed and dated. It's got a very strong late 80s vibe to it and it's a bit of an artsy one. Someone might call this a "strange one", but definitely worthwhile if you catch it somewhere.


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