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Agent of Influence (2002)

TV Movie | 98 min | Crime, Drama

1964. It's the height of the Cold War. Beyond the extremes of the Americans and the Soviets on opposing sides, other nations, such as Canada, are caught somewhere in the middle of the war. James Watkins is the Canadian Ambassador to the ...See more1964. It's the height of the Cold War. Beyond the extremes of the Americans and the Soviets on opposing sides, other nations, such as Canada, are caught somewhere in the middle of the war. James Watkins is the Canadian Ambassador to the Soviet Union, and is a personal friend of the Canadian Prime Minister, Nobel Laureate Lester B. Pearson, that friendship the only reason why Watkins took the job in which he would have no interest otherwise. The CIA believes Watkins is working for the Soviets, although they have no conclusive evidence, which they promise to the RCMP they are working on getting. While the Americans want Canadian action taken to neutralize Watkins with or without that evidence, certain factions within Canadian authority see things differently. Inspector David Present, Director of the RCMP's KGB desk, wants to see that evidence from the CIA before taking any action against Watkins, Present who brings in his own biases of the times not directly related to spying per se. His immediate supervisor, Director General Inspector Chris Hayden dangles a promotion in front of Inspector Diane Fletcher to bring in, arrest and convict Watkins before he gets away, she who believes that she will give Watkins a fair shake within the process despite having her own beliefs as to his guilt or innocence. And Diane's brother, Murray Fletcher with External Affairs, is within a group sympathetic and loyal to Pearson. Although they don't believe Watkins is who the CIA believes him to be, they also know that Watkins will be a liability to Pearson come the next election if he remains Ambassador under this cloud. As such, they'd like to see Watkins quietly slip into retirement off Canadian soil without the RCMP and CIA knowing what has happened until it's happened. What happens with Watkins may be irrespective of his true guilt or innocence in the matter as each faction works on its own agenda, with issues internal to the Fletcher family affecting the proceedings. Written by Huggo See less
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Ken Chubb (story editor) | Ian Adams (novel) | Riley Adams (as John Riley Adams)
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Jun 2002 (Canada)

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Christopher Plummer
John Watkins John Watkins   See fewer
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Marina Orsini
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher   See fewer
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Ted Whittall
Robert Madison Robert Madison   See fewer
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Shaun Johnston
David Present David Present   See fewer
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Kurtis Sanheim
Sean Fitzpatrick Sean Fitzpatrick   See fewer
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Alain Goulem
Murray Fletcher Murray Fletcher   See fewer
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Terry Lawrence
Chris Hayden Chris Hayden   See fewer
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Paul Coeur
Charles Adair Charles Adair   See fewer
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Gregory Hlady
Gregory Aloysha Gregory Aloysha   See fewer
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Cas Anvar
Khamal Rashid Khamal Rashid   See fewer
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Norman Edge
Fletcher Sr. Fletcher Sr.   See fewer
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Pierre Rivard
Mario Béliveau Mario Béliveau   See fewer
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Al Holt
Charles Blackburn Charles Blackburn   See fewer
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Doug MacLeod
James Jesus Angleton (as Douglas MacLeod) James Jesus Angleton (as Douglas MacLeod)   See fewer
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John Dunn-Hill
Andrei Gromyko Andrei Gromyko   See fewer
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Noel Burton
Charles Bohen Charles Bohen   See fewer
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Mark Camacho
Steve Lamboise Steve Lamboise   See fewer
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Lorne Brass
CIA Agent in France (as Lorne Blass) CIA Agent in France (as Lorne Blass)   See fewer
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Lori Ravensborg
Coroner's Assistant Coroner's Assistant   See fewer
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France Arbour
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Ari Snyder
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Youngh Gypsy Man (as Adrian Burhop) Youngh Gypsy Man (as Adrian Burhop)   See fewer
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Newspaper Man (as Serge Christianenssens) Newspaper Man (as Serge Christianenssens)   See fewer
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RCMP Officer (uncredited) RCMP Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Drunk (uncredited) Drunk (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.7 / 10 | 214 votes