PG | | Thriller
After a newspaper reporter helps expose a Member of Parliament as a possible spy, he finds that there's much more to the story than that.
As with the spelling of the then recent movie Best Defense (1984) (which is also spelt "Best Defence" in some territories), this UK film's title had its spelling changed from "Defence of the Realm" to "Defense of the Realm" for its American release stateside in the ... ...
Nicholas 'Nick' Mullen:
Where'd the tip-off come from?
Harry Champion: Look, you know perfectly well I've got to protect my sources.
Nicholas 'Nick' Mullen: Oh yeah? Well, from now on, nobody is protecting anybody.
Harry Champion: I'm sorry, I can't tell you.
Nicholas 'Nick' Mullen: I want to know who told you Kleist was KGB.
Harry Champion: I can't tell you!
Nicholas 'Nick' Mullen: It was ...
While details are secret, it is generally assumed that a nuclear weapon has to be 'armed' before it would explode.
It would be absurd to have bombs in an aircraft that would wipe out the entire airbase if an aircraft crashed on landing.
The research done for this film is shown by the acknowledgment at the end of the credits: "The Producers wish to thank the STAFF and MANAGEMENT of THE TIMES NEWSPAPERS FOR THEIR HELP."
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