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Psy-Warriors 

Soldiers are captured and interrogated by terrorists: but is it real or only a sadistic form of psychological training exercise?

Director:

Alan Clarke

Writer:

David Leland
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Episode complete credited cast:
Rosalind Ayres ... Turner
Anthony Bate ... Warren
Colin Blakely ... Northey
Warren Clarke ... Stevens
Julian Curry Julian Curry ... Hooper
John Duttine ... Stone
Derrick O'Connor ... Richards
Laurence Payne ... Weaver
Bill Stewart ... Doctor
Roger Evans Roger Evans ... Guard
Terry Forrestal Terry Forrestal ... Guard
David McGaw David McGaw ... Guard
Paul Vaughan-Teague Paul Vaughan-Teague ... Guard
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Psy-Warriors explores the military use of psychological operations as writer David Leland poses in his article "the moral dilemma of how far we can torture and degrade prisoners in the name of democracy and freedom". It unflinchingly depicts the physical and mental treatment of terrorist suspects, drawing from official reports and research. Images of the practices of humiliation and interrogation are troubling - The Listener's columnist David Wheeler called it a "sado-masochist's special" - but so are the concepts behind those practices, which are explored in provocative yet witty dialogue. Apart from a few filmed inserts, Psy-Warriors was shot on video in the studio and, in director Alan Clarke's characteristically passionate and precise handling, the dramatic spaces of television reinforce the play's ideas. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1981 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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