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Betrayed

Betrayed is a political thriller that is more political than thrilling but never less than absorbing due to the combustible subject matter, that of the white supremacist movement.

Betrayed is a political thriller that is more political than thrilling but never less than absorbing due to the combustible subject matter, that of the white supremacist movement.

Clearly inspired by the murder of Denver radio talk show host Alan Berg, opening scene has abrasive Chicago broadcaster Richard Libertini followed home and gunned down by assailants who identify themselves only by spraying the letters ‘ZOG’ on the victim’s car.

Cut to the endless wheat fields of the rural Midwest, where Debra Winger has come up from Texas as a ‘combine girl’. Local farmer Tom Berenger quickly takes a shine to the new gal in town, while she responds to the warmth of his family life. Winger soon hops back to Chicago to brief her superiors at the FBI on her progress in infiltrating the group suspected of perpetrating Libertini’s murder.

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Like Ingrid Bergman in Notorious, Winger is pushed even further in her masquerade by her chief government contact (John Heard) who from all appearances is in love with her himself.

Berenger proves forceful and properly unpredictable in his vulnerable macho role, and entire cast is nicely low-keyed.

Betrayed

  • Production: United Artists. Director Constantin Costa-Gavras; Producer Irwin Winkler; Screenplay Joe Eszterhas; Camera Patrick Blossier; Editor Joele Van Effenterre; Music Bill Conti; Art Director Patrizia Von Brandenstein
  • Crew: (Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1988. Running time: 127 MIN.
  • With: Debra Winger Tom Berenger John Heard Betsy Blair John Mahoney Ted Levine
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