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Strip Search (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

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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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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 »

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Das Verhör See more »

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HBO Films See more »
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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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Interesting Parallels
28 April 2004 | by Tiger_MarkSee all my reviews

When Adolf Hitler solidified his hold on Germany he asked Germans to give up little things so that he could make them stronger. He slowly took more and more freedoms away until there was no freedom at all. As Americans we believe that this could not happen here, we are too democratic. However, many totalitarian governments start slow. In this play, two suspects are being put through a degrading interrogation. One is an American woman being interrogated by a Chinese officer. The other is an Arab being interrogated by an American agent. As the interrogation takes place, the two interrogators become interchangable, saying the same lines. It is a not so subtle way of saying we in the US have become what we had always spoken against. Of course, we can use the argument that we are doing it to protect our way of life. But can't the Chinese use that same excuse? I thought the film was rather blunt, but the message effective. If we are truly the most humane and democratic country in the world, if due process is still alive, then we must show it, not just say it.


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