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Strip Search

TV-MA 2004 1h 28m Drama List
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Authorities detain and interrogate an American woman in China and an Arab man in New York. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member Interesting start but then you realise one very key omission; what the person is being held for. The Chinese would do this if you called the president a name whereas the Americans were doing it post 9/11 because they had almost 3000 people murdered. Context is everything. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member Lumet collaborates with Tom Fontana, one of the most hard-boiled writers in modern TV, for a welcome return to the stark, no-nonsense style of his '60s work. It's revealing to see just how much times have changed. Lumet's 1964 Fail-Safe was a terrifying cautionary tale about a glitch that causes nuclear holocaust. It was made at the height of the Cold War tensions existing between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the early 1960s. Strip Search tackles tough questions of civil liberties and was made at the heigh of post-9/11 abuse of Abu Ghraib prisoners. It was cut from 120 minutes to 56 and aired only once on HBO and further scheduled airings were canceled. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Uma americana é detida na China. Um árabe é detido nos EUA. A paranóia toma conta dos governos. Os EUA são a China. A China é os EUA. A americana estuda ciências políticas. O árabe estuda ciências políticas. Ambos são estudantes e ambos estão detidos e sem acusação formal, eles são apenas suspeitos. E os interrogatórios são exatamente os mesmos, os mesmos diálogos, os mesmos colóquios. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Briliant script with actual criticisem along with great performences and strong directing. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Saw most of this on HBO tonight... it was interesting. Pretty decent. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/14/23 Full Review Ida T Great script, particularly the dialogue, although I could have done without the text frames in the beginning and at the end. The whole structure of film was interesting. The acting was superb. The photo/cinematography was stripped bare which became successfully claustrophobic and unpleasant after a while. The story lines were delicate, much of what happens in the film, happens under the surface, especially the two endings. I was really affected by this film, not because of the political aspect, as you'd expect and I think the film-makers (pure guess work, obviously) expected as well, but the human aspect. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/13/12 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Authorities detain and interrogate an American woman in China and an Arab man in New York.
Sidney Lumet
Mark A. Baker, Irene Burns
Tom Fontana
Production Co
HBO Films
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 30, 2016
1h 28m
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