Defence of the Realm

Defence of the Realm

David Drury (1985)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The role of the sozzled veteran reporter who for once finds himself involved in a meaningful story is brought wonderfully to life by Denholm Elliott, here attempting to clear the name of an MP who's forced to resign after a sex scandal. Gabriel Byrne, as Elliott's ambitious young colleague, is less effective, but the film has plenty of tension and co-star Greta Scacchi proves a worthy accomplice. This unsettling movie proves the truth of the maxim that all governments are up to no good.


Obsessive journalist Gabriel Byrne's probing story causes the resignation of a high-ranking British MP, who later dies in suspicious circumstances, raising suspicions that there may be more to the matter than meets the eye. Gripping political thriller, with Greta Scacchi, Bill Paterson, Denholm Elliott and Ian Bannen.

Cast & Crew

Nick Mullen Gabriel Byrne
Nina Beckman Greta Scacchi
Vernon Bayliss Denholm Elliott
Dennis Markham Ian Bannen
Victor Kingsbrook Fulton Mackay
Jack Macleod Bill Paterson
Harry Champion David Calder
Arnold Reece Frederick Treves
Leo McAskey Robbie Coltrane
Trudy Markham Annabel Leventon
Micky Parker Graham Fletcher-Cook
Steven Dyce Steven Woodcock
Director David Drury
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video and DVD