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The Spy Within (1995)

The Flight of the Dove (original title)
R | | Thriller | March 1995 (USA)
A beautiful spy trades sex for secrets. A reclusive explosives expert is haunted by a tragic past. When these two meet, the sparks fly... but they have more in common than just a mutual ... See full summary »

Director:

Steve Railsback

Writer:

Lewis A. Green (as Lewis Green)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Scott Glenn ... William B. Rickman
Theresa Russell ... Mary Ann Curran (aka Alex Canis)
Lane Smith ... Stephen Hahn
Terence Knox ... Jonathan 'J.B.' Brandels
Katherine Helmond ... Dr. Pamela Schilling
Joe Pantoliano ... Attorney Brezner
Alex Rocco ... Bartender
Rudy Ramos ... Ortiz
Gary Graham ... Silver
Angelo Dimascio Angelo Dimascio ... Burns
Juan A. Riojas Juan A. Riojas ... Rodas (as Juan Riojas)
Bo Eason Bo Eason ... Donner
Nicholas Mele Nicholas Mele ... Mailman
Shashawnee Hall ... Stocky Workman
Robert Dryer ... Tall Workman
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A beautiful spy trades sex for secrets. A reclusive explosives expert is haunted by a tragic past. When these two meet, the sparks fly... but they have more in common than just a mutual attraction to each other; a covert spy ring wants both of them dead. They devise a shocking plan to outsmart their pursuers... and what began as a sexual encounter escalates into an all out war for their lives. Getting out won't be easy... for The Spy Within. Written by Concorde - New Horizons (with permission).

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Thriller

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1995 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Nearly Total Incompetence Becomes Wearing.
5 April 2005 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

This reviewer attempts to describe something of merit within each work under consideration, but with this wretchedly made film, one must slide by the woeful efforts by those who generally provide audience enjoyment, i.e., director, screenwriter, actors, editors, et alia, before finally recognizing the customary able efforts from crew technicians as the sole evidence of adequacy. In a plot seldom coherent, Theresa Russell, billed second, is cast as Alex Canis, A.K.A. "The Dove", an entrapment specialist employed by the National Security Agency (N.S.A.), who gathers her information through acts of prostitution, with a specialty as dominatrix, her clients being Federal government officials, and blackmail undoubtedly a goal for her unit, a "covert section" of the N.S.A. that collects photographs of her activities. Since Alex has written, for therapeutic reasons, a not-for-publication autobiography, her supervisor, after learning of the opus, determines that she must be eliminated, and during her flight from homicidal pursuers, she unites with a discredited demolition expert, Will Rickman (Scott Glenn), who is fighting a lawsuit originating from two accidental deaths within his most recently demolished building and the pair exchange sexual bouquets when not avoiding being killed. In his only stint as director of a feature, Steve Railsback, although a charismatic actor, obviously lacks those skills requisite for guiding other players, since he merely turns Russell and Glenn loose to fish for whatever they might find of worth within a sloppily written screenplay and as these two happen to benefit from a strong director, their mannered performances must rate at the bottom of their portfolios. The liberal footage of amorous thrashing about between Alex and Will is a clear attempt to add mustard for the largely incomprehensible proceedings, but the result is more silly than sensuous, and gives only momentary surcease for a storyline that has more flaws in continuity than can be found in any average score or two of other films, to a point where one feels simply embarrassed for all involved.


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