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Shadow Dancer (2012)

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Set in 1990s Belfast, an active member of the IRA becomes an informant for MI5 in order to protect her son's welfare.

Director:

James Marsh

Writers:

Tom Bradby (screenplay), Tom Bradby (based on the novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Barnes Barry Barnes ... Gerry Senior
Maria Laird Maria Laird ... Young Collette
Ben Smyth Ben Smyth ... Sean
Brid Brennan ... Ma
Jamie Scott Jamie Scott ... Young Gerry
Bradley Burke Bradley Burke ... Young Connor
Andrea Riseborough ... Collette
Daniel Tatarsky ... Watcher 1
Tom Bennett ... Watcher 2
Nia Gwynne ... Female Watcher
Jason Stalkey Jason Stalkey ... Agent 1 (as Jason Salkey)
Nicholas Asbury ... Agent 2
Clive Owen ... Mac
Morgan Watkins ... MI5 Officer
Cathal Maguire Cathal Maguire ... Mark
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Storyline

In 1993, the IRA member Collette is arrested in the London tube after leaving a bomb in the facility. MI-5 Agent Mac offers a deal to Collette to become an informer. She accepts the agreement to protect her son and in return Mac offers a new identity to her after a period working for the MI-5. Soon Mac learns that his superior Kate Fletcher is using Collette to protect her mole inside the Irish organization. Mac tries to find the identity of the informer and protect Collette. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Collette McVeigh - Mother, Daughter, Sister, Spy.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some violent content | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Agente C - Dupla Identidade See more »

Filming Locations:

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$319,337 (United Kingdom), 24 August 2012, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,672, 2 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$99,134, 28 July 2013
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Guy Pearce was at one point set to play Mac. See more »

Goofs

When Collette gets on the train, the camera focuses on a passenger but the view behind her suggests the train doors are open and tucked behind the double-layer glass but the sound effect of the trains movement is continued. See more »

Quotes

Kate Fletcher: Is this just because she has a pretty face?
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Night Whispers
Composed by Simon Tindale, Joel Bevan and George Robertson
Published by Focus Music (Publishing) Ltd
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Gripping, intelligent psychological thriller
19 January 2013 | by rubenmSee all my reviews

Throughout the years, the IRA and the 'troubles' in Northern Ireland have been a source of inspiration for countless British and Irish movies. What can 'Shadow Dancer' add to what we already know about this conflict? The answer is: nothing, really. This film isn't about the struggle for freedom, it isn't about catholics and protestants, it isn't even about right or wrong. It's only about suspense. This isn't a political movie, it's a thriller.

In fact, this movie could just as easily have been set in the context of the Italian mafia or a Mexican drugs gang. The story about a young female terrorist who, after a failed bombing attempt, becomes an informant for the authorities to escape a prison sentence, is extremely suspenseful. She lives in constant fear of being discovered, which would almost certainly lead to her execution. 'I am dead', she literally tells her contact at one point.

The film starts off with a clever flash-back, a very intense scene that explains her motivation to become a terrorist. The rest of the film is told in chronological order, with the suspense rising gradually, until the unexpected and dramatic climax.

In a subplot, we see that the British secret service is subject to the same sort of internal discussions, infighting and ego-tripping as the IRA. Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson (nice to see her again!) are fine as secret service persons, but the best acting is done by Andrea Riseborouh as the proud and independent terrorist Collette McVeigh.

The film is also excellent in recreating the atmosphere of the catholic working class neighbourhoods in Belfast (actually, it is shot in Dublin), where terrorism in the 1990's was a part of everyday life. Director James Marsh uses faded colours in many scenes to recreate the rundown streets and interiors.

This is a gripping, intelligent psychological thriller with excellent acting and a plot that will have you hooked from start to finish. I was amazed the IMDb-rating is not higher than 6.6.


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