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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 »

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Strip Search See more »

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HBO Films See more »
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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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Truth is stranger than fiction
1 October 2004 | by captainmorgynneSee all my reviews

And since when does a movie have to be factual, realistic or based on truth to be noteworthy? I don't care about the implications of this movie so much as the intriguingness of the way in which it is presented to the viewer. It in some way says "we all fear for our own security/safety". Maybe its a little over the top, blunt and not politically correct, but movies are meant to provoke us, to entertain us.. not to feed us facts - unless of course, we are watching a documentary :)

The first thing I thought after seeing this movie was "wow, that would make an awesome screen play for theater". I wasn't really committed to or concerned with factual events, presentation of ideas (political, social or otherwise), or what I would take away from it. I did, however enjoy the intent of the director to provoke the viewer to think for themselves a little. There was not enough information presented to draw factual conclusions regarding the character of either "victim". In fact, I am not certain the word victim is appropriate. Were they? Or are we? I liked that it left me with that thought. I think everyone has an opinion regarding the events of 9/11 and I think this movie draws those opinions out in the viewer and re-validates them a bit. Good or bad.

Very original presentation of a not so original plot.


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