Act of Betrayal (1988)

Genres - Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Political Thriller  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Bernadette McCallion

The troubles in Northern Ireland are the backdrop for this made-for-television drama about an IRA hitman assigned to seek revenge against a defector. Patrick Bergin stars as Michael McGurk, an IRA terrorist who suffers from a guilty conscience after a bombing takes the lives of innocent citizens. After handing himself over to the police and turning on his former allies, McGurk and his family are shipped off to Australia as part of a witness protection program. Vowing to avenge the disloyalty to the Army, the IRA puts a hit out on McGurk and his family. Elliott Gould stars as Callaghan, the retired IRA hitman who is called upon to track down and murder the McGurks. Shot partially in Belfast, London, and Sydney, this political thriller has a running time of over three hours.



defector, espionage, guilt, hitman, IRA (Irish Republican Army), murder, on-the-run, revenge, witness, Witness-Protection-Program