Pack of Lies (1987)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama, Unglamorized Spy Film  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Adapted from the one-act play by Hugh Whitemore, Pack of Lies originally aired as a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" presentation on April 26, 1987. Emmy-nominated Ellen Burstyn plays a Canadian housewife living in England, who dutifully allows a government agent (Alan Bates) into her house. The agent sets up a surveillance post in Burstyn's bedroom, ostensibly to keep close watch on a mysterious stranger. In truth, the agent is investigating Burstyn's neighbors Daniel Benzali and Terri Garr--who happen to be her best friends. Pack of Lies was based on a true story, which like its fictional counterpart coalesced into a melange of skewered ethics, deception and betrayal.

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surveillance, betrayal, neighbor, friendship, stakeout, espionage, suburbs, war