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Strip Search (2004)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 27 April 2004
Strip Search follows several parallel stories examining personal freedoms vs. national security in the aftermath of 9/11; two main subplots involve an American woman detained in China and an Arab man detained in New York City.

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Sidney Lumet

Writer:

Tom Fontana
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Austin Pendleton ... James Perley
Tom Guiry ... Gerry Sykes
Fred Koheler Fred Koheler ... Jimmy Briggs
Zack Manzella Zack Manzella ... High School Boy
Daniel May Wong ... Arresting Officer
Maggie Gyllenhaal ... Linda Sykes
Ken Leung ... Liu Tsung-Yuan
Jim Gaffigan ... Reverend Craig Peterson
Bruno Lastra ... Sharif Bin Said
Glenn Close ... Karen Moore
Dean Winters ... Ned McGrath
Caroline Kava ... Alvira Sykes
Peter Jacobson ... John Scanlon
Anahid Anahid ... Aaisha Bin Said
Raymond Anthony Thomas ... Clerk (as Ray Anthony Thomas)
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Storyline

In the aftermath of the September, 11th, in China, the American student Linda Sykes is interrogated by the military Liu Tsung-Yuan. In New York, the Arab student Sharif Bin Said is interrogated by the FBI agent Karen Moore. The psychological methods of interrogation are the same, amicable in the beginning and brutal in the end; but there is no evidence that the students are terrorists. Must security and safety of the State come at the price of freedom? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Strip Search See more »

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HBO Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.76 : 1
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This film was the subject of much controversy. The original cut was 120 minutes but it was cut down to 56 minutes. It aired only once on HBO and further scheduled airings were canceled. See more »

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Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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Eerily prescient
17 May 2004 | by thunderjewSee all my reviews

Just saw this movie last night, and I was quite impressed. At my first opportunity, I did a Google search on it and found this page. Reading through the comments, I wonder how many of those who dismissed the movie and its premise as unadulterated propaganda (albeit prior to the Abu Ghraib scandal coverage) might reconsider given recent revelations of American behavior in violation of the Geneva Convention. Several such comments reflect a belief that the nudity in the film was there purely for titillation. However, in the aftermath of the prison misconduct in Iraq, its pretty clear that this stuff happens. The nudity in the movie hasn't a damned thing to do with desire. Rather the nudity illustrates the degree to which the state can and does dehumanize and terrorize (allusion intended) the individual, confident in its rationale that circumstances warrant such measures. Let me tell you, I find Maggie Gyllenhall crazy, raving hot, but all I felt while watching this movie was revulsion and a keen awareness of my own vulnerability were I in the maw of The State/System.

"48 hours, 7 days, 6 months... as long as it takes...". Chilling, chilling stuff, definitely check it out.


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