Shadow Dancer

Shadow Dancer

DVD - 2013
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When single mother Collette McVeigh is arrested for her part in an aborted IRA plot in London, an MI5 officer offers her a choice: lose everything and go to prison or return to Belfast to spy on her own family. With her son's life in her hands, Collette chooses to place her trust in the MI5 and return home. When her brothers' secret operation is ambushed, suspicions of an informant are raised and Collette finds both herself and her family in grave danger.
Publisher: [United States] : Magnolia Home Entertainment, 2013.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
Branch Call Number: SHAD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 102 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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Andrea Riseborough (who played Michael Keaton's actress girlfriend in BIRDMAN) is terrific as Colette, part of a family of IRA soldiers. After a botched bombing attempt in the London tube she is turned by Clive Owen, who plays a British counter-intelligence agent. We've so many of these pictures -- the occupying Brits battle the ruthless Micks -- that they're easy to tune out. SHADOW DANCER is worth checking out because it plays on these familiar expectations that we have and features two turnabouts I really didn't see coming. Also, X-FILES' Gillian Anderson is brilliant as a ruthless Thatcheresque MI5 bureaucrat.

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akirakato
Mar 29, 2017

This is a 2012 British-Irish drama directed by James Marsh, based on the novel of the same name by Tom Bradby.
Although it is a hard-boiled, apparently good spy drama, there must be a script deficiency because the storyline is too ill-contrived for me to understand---especially for the last part, which leaves me puzzled and unsatified.

ECiriello May 23, 2016

Boring. Skip it.

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ThomasJWhiting
Aug 19, 2015

Glad I watched it (finally - almost returned it without doing so). Good acting, story, etc. The historical Ireland/Northern Ireland split is compelling.

I also was glad for subtitles - although I've been to Ireland a couple times. The way they pronounced quay (a wharf) as kei was surprising, but I see wikipedia gives it that way, too.

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hecto
Aug 04, 2015

First-class acting and an excellent screenplay. The build-up of the relationship between Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough is terrific. Don't miss it.

noir125 Jul 23, 2015

How twist does a twist ending have to be, and how logical?

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Ron@Ottawa
May 20, 2015

I think this is a pretty good film on the IRA conflicts of the past. Be prepared for an ending which is totally unexpected. For me, anyway.

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tenet
Oct 21, 2014

Rated 5/10.

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jimg2000
Oct 12, 2014

Wonderful actors performing their parts well. Still surprised by the surprise at the end even though viewers should expect it as agent Mac refused to stop digging into the past.

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tj_is_cool
Sep 15, 2014

Rather boring.

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jimg2000
Oct 12, 2014

Spoiler alert:

Mac: What was all that with Delavine earlier?
Kate: Are you feeling left out, Mac?
Mac: So you're working another angle?
Kate: No. Relax, we're all on the same side.
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Mac: - She's done what we asked of her.
Kate: Come on, Mac. A new identity, protection, a house, income for life. What is that? A million? Throw into that eight months' work setting her up. It's more like two. You think London's going to buy all that just for one good hit on Connor McVeigh's crew? Forget it.

aaa5756 Feb 21, 2014

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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