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The Operative

A CIA agent captured by the KGB has a chance to earn his freedom by stealing a valuable painting and giving it to his captors.

Genre - Action

Director(s) - Robert Lee

Writer(s) - Paul A. Birkett

Cast - Brian Bosworth, Bob Dawson, John Tench and Rachel Hayward

Blue Rider's Role - Executive Producers

Distributor(s) - Studio Home Entertainment, Highlight Video (German VHS), Xscapade Pictures (UK), Emerald (Argentine VHS)

Release Date - 2000

Synopsis - Brian Bosworth plays CIA agent Alec Carville, who is caught in Russia just as the Cold War is ending. For the next 11 years, Carville is locked away in a Russian mental institute and given up for dead at home. He is offered a chance for freedom by posing as Felix Grady, a Texas billionaire, and stealing a priceless painting.

The disguised Carville is about to walk out with the painting when the real Grady walks in the door. In the ensuing chaos, bullets fly and hostages are taken.

Critic's Kudos:
DVD Authority review (by "Fusion 3600"): "The Operative has some very cool action-driven sequences, as well as a terrific performance from Brian Bosworth. It is more than obvious that the budget was low here, but the crew seems to balance it all out, using style choices to enhance the action--which works quite well. The Operative has some great moments of action and humor, which is enough for me to recommend it.

"Bosworth has a decent screen presence and supplies some great humor. Of course, his finest asset is his skill in the action scenes, and he delivers there as well, enhanced even more by the stylish approach used in those sequences.

"This is a superb transfer, and while it isn't anamorphic, it more than gets the job done. The image is quite sharp, but never too much so, which keeps compression flaws out of the picture. On the whole, this is a terrific-looking presentation. The colors look solid, flesh tones are natural and contrast is well balanced; all the bases seem covered. This is an action movie, and as such, the included 2.0 surround option has some real potential, in terms of dynamic audio. It all still sounds more than solid. The surrounds see a nice amount of action and while it never really explodes, I think this mix has some power, when it needs that approach. The dialogue is well-presented also: very crisp and always at a proper volume."

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Directed by Robert Lee (nominated for a Directors Guild of Canada Award for Big Sound; also helmed Absolute Zero, The Silencer, Cyberjack, Crackerjack 2, Dead Fire, Act of War, eight episodes of Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, five episodes of Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction and three episodes of Big Sound).

Written by Paul A. Birkett (Crash Landing, Mindstorm, Escape Velocity, Con Express, Hellhounds, Ice Twisters, Altitude and Not My Life).

Stars Brian Bosworth (was nominated for the 2005 Best Movie Sleazebag Teen Choice Award for The Longest Yard; also appeared in Three Kings, Stone Cold, One Tough Bastard, Mach 2, Virus, Phase IV, Back in Business and Blackout); John Tench (Leo Award nomination for Drive; also appeared in Brokeback Mountain, Watchmen, Shooter, BloodRayne II: Deliverance, Earthsea, Grizzly Falls, If Looks Could Kill, Carbool, Blonde and Blonder, Alien Agent, 15 episodes of The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, seven episodes of Intelligence, five episodes of Da vinci's Inquest, four episodes of Cold Squad, three episodes of Andromeda, three episodes of The Outer Limits and 76 other movies and TV projects); and Rachel Hayward (Numb, Knight Moves, Hellraiser: Hellseeker, The Final Cut, Anything for Love, While She Was Out, The Sea Wolf, Snow Queen, seven episodes of Harsh Realm, five episodes of Jake 2.0 and 60 other movies and TV projects).

Cast includes John B. Lowe (The Butterfly Effect, Atomic Train, Golf Punks, Fido, Taken, The Haunting in Connecticut, Slapshot 2: Breaking the Ice, Living With the Dead, Small Sacrifices, six episodes of Nothing Too Good for a Cowboy, three episodes of Cashing In and 29 other movies and TV projects); Taras Kostyuk (The Untold, White Chicks, Dark Angel, I Spy, A Wrinkle in Time, Ice Blues and 20 other movies and TV projects); Jerry Wasserman (I Robot, Watchmen, Look Who's Talking, The Accused, Mr. Magoo, Alive, Black Christmas, The Butterfly Effect 2, The Last Mimzy, Mr. Magoo, 20 episodes of Madison, six episodes or M.A.N.T.I.S., six episodes of Wiseguy, five episodes of 21 Jump Street, four episodes of Smallville, four episodes of Mysterious Ways, four episodes of The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, three episodes of Cold Squad, three episodes of The Outer Limits, three episodes of Booker, three episodes of Neon Rider, three episodes of Bordertown, three episodes of MacGyver, three episodes of Danger Bay and 132 other movies and TV projects); Bob Dawson (Freeway II: Confessions of a Trickbaby, Cabin by the Lake, Holiday Heart, The Invitation, Blacktop, Sole Survivor and three episodes of Millennium) and Teryl Rothery (Leo Award nominations for The Collector, Coffee Diva and Stargate SG-1; also appeared in Best in Show, Masterminds, Dragon Ball Z, Whisper, Andre, Hjælp, Jeg er en Fisk, 75 episodes of Stargate SG-1, 64 episodes of Martin Mystery, 14 episodes of Gadjet and the Gadgetinis, 12 epsidoes of Dragon Ball, 10 episodes of Kyle XY, nine episodes of The Guard, five episodes of Exosquad, four episodes of Ranma ½, three episodes of Jeremiah and 105 other movies and TV projects; 80 other films and TV projects).

Executive Producers: Gary Howsam (Chapter 27, Silver Wolf, High Explosive, A Twist of Faith, The Shadow Dancers, Crime Spree, Delirious, The Shadow Dancer, Bleeders, Ripper, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, The Deal, Back in the Day, Going Back, The Call of the Wild: Dog of the Yukon, Silver Wolf, Queen's Messenger, High Explosive, Chicago Cab, 20 episodes of The Tudors and 48 other movies and TV projects); John A. Curtis (Ripper, My 5 Wives, A Twist of Faith, The Silencer, Watchtower, Laserhawk, The Cycle, Managua and Ladies of the Lotus); Petros Tsaparas (Ripper, The Barber, A Twist of Faith, Blue Rodeo: Palace of Gold and The Silencer); Jonathan Hrbinic (producing debut; was production manager on A Good Burn and Post-production supervisor on The Silencer) and Melanie Kilgour (associate producer or exec producer on Ripper, The Barber, A Twist of Faith and The Silencer).

Produced by Evan Tylor (Leo Award nom for The Barber; also produced Ripper, Stag, For a Few Lousy Dollars, Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber, Murder at the Presidio, Rapid Fire, A Twist of Faith and 11:11).

Original Music by Peter Allen (nominated for 10 major Canadian awards for scoring The Score, 11:11, A Twist of Faith, The Barber, Casanova at Fifty, A Dennis the Menace Christmas, Scourge, and Flower & Garnet--for which he won; also scored Cyborg 2, Ripper, Blonde and Blonder, Deep Evil, Shock to the System, Destination: Infestation, Tell Me No Lies, 26 episodes of Kleo the Misfit Unicorn and 63 other movies and TV projects).

Cinematography by David Pelletier (Last Wedding, The Killing Machine, Ski School 2, The Sandlot 2, Dirty, Wilder Days, King of Sorrow, New Blood, 17 episodes of Flash Gordon and 26 other movies and TV projects).

Film Editing by Gordon Rempel (won Canadian Best Editing Leo award for Violet and nominated for Leo and Gemini Awards for Whistler and nominated for Leo for Andromeda; also cut Absolute Zero, The Suspect, Paparazzi Princess: The Paris Hilton Story, Cursed Part 3, episodes of Andromeda, 21 episodes of Hope Island, 14 episodes of Whistler, six episodes of Kaya, five episodes of Sanctuary, five episodes of Psych, five episodes of Touching Evil, five episodes of Peacemakers and four episodes of Life As We Know It).

Production Design and Art Direction by Kristen Johnson (production designer on Exiles in Paradise and art director on Heart of America and Greenmail).

Costume Design by Ellen Bennett (Ripper, Severed, The Barber, In Her Mother's Footsteps, Murder on Spec and Safe Harbor).

Special Effect Coordinator: Kim Mortensen (X2, I Robot, Halloween: Resurrection, Wrongfully Accused, Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Free Willy 3: The Rescue, A Call to Remember, Drive She Said and The Spiral Staircase).

Release Data:
The Operative had its video premieres in Germany (in 2000), North America (2001), Argentina and The Netherlands (2002) and Norway (2003).

Trivia:
Title in Spain: "Contacto Ruso"


Links:
Internet Movie Database entry for The Operative

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