Secret State

Secret State

DVD - 2014
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A British deputy prime minister is thrown into a world of political machinations and conspiracy he never knew existed.
Publisher: [Silver Spring, MD] :, Acorn,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781621722267
1621722260
Branch Call Number: TV DVD
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (180 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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nanofnw
Dec 15, 2018

Could not really get involved with these characters. Basic plot reminded me of a much earlier Gabriel Byrne movie that was much more compelling - DEFENSE OF THE REALM. The cast was much more interesting and sympathetic. And you will never again isten to Pachebel without thinking about the ending.

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Jan 06, 2017

Ludicrous. Plot is so full of holes that it is just annoying. Sure, you can suspend disbelief I suppose but in the end the results are so inconclusive that there is no resolution. Sorry I wasted my time watching this one.

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betteann
Nov 27, 2016

Absolutely fanatics. ..

Samsung Nov 03, 2016

The quality of the actors' apparel alone especially their ties makes this movie worth watching. The English tie is a work of art not found elsewhere except maybe in Italy I am told.

Pristine low-key British acting about how they deal with very difficult circumstances.

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e278
May 24, 2016

Very engaging; ditto to other comments, except, while the end was disappointing I liked it: furthered the secret of the state! 4 1/2 stars

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steve77
Jan 28, 2016

Fantastic drama

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RDL
Nov 17, 2015

This a captivating political intrigue. Plays the short term Machiavellian players against the visionary who appears to be guided by principles. It would be great if they had left options for a sequel.

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capitalcity
Oct 08, 2015

An outstanding cast populates this excellently incisive, conspiratorial political thriller reflecting our current zeitgeist. There exists a borderland between credulity and revelation; Secret State offers passage from the former to the latter. Ask yourself: Why aren't the CEOs of the 'too big to fail' banks on the ballots of national elections? They ought to be. For, is it not their de facto agenda that controls every extant capitalist regime. Politicians running for office - window dressing. Secret State, likely as not, won't make the favorites list at the White House, 24 Sussex Drive, 10 Downing Street, ...

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mahallett
Sep 27, 2015

TERRIBLE ENDING. VERY COMPLICATED STORY. BUT MOSTLY INTERESTING.

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CaptainHecto
Jun 23, 2015

Despite some improbable elements in the plot, this is an interesting reworking of 'A Very British Coup', which was done for TV at the end of the 1980s. A decent PM (Gabriel Byrne) finds himself up against devious cabinet colleagues plus the 'invisible government' run by the intelligence services and the City. Charles Dance is superb as the Chief Whip, but the cast is good all around. The series, shot in 2012, turns out to be amazingly prescient, for it deals with the misdeeds of the surveillance state plus a trumped-up incident to get Britain involved in a war with Iran. Sound familiar?

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jimg2000
Apr 16, 2015

PM: Do you know what this job is like? It's like being under the knife without anaesthetic, 24/7.

PM: The people of the United Kingdom have poured 50 billion into your bank. Do you think that merits any kind of consideration of the public interest?
Sir Michael: In an ideal world I'd agree, but I'm afraid the bank has only one duty. To act in the shareholders' interests.

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jimg2000
Apr 15, 2015

I was told today that the oil majors could buy and sell this country. Petrodollars are a powerful currency, there's no doubt. But we hold a stronger one in our democracy. We call it the vote.

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jimg2000
Apr 15, 2015

“Well, I tell you what I think we should do.We should represent the people of this country. Not the lobby companies that wine and dine us or the banks and the big businesses that tell us how the world goes round, not the trade unions that try and call the shots, not the civil servants nor war-mongering generals...or the security chiefs. Not the press magnates and multimillionaire donors demanding dinner at Number 10. Not the whips, not the party line, nor the status quo. The people of this country, I put it to you, do not want another war. Of that I am sure.”

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