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On Company Business (1980)

Not Rated | | Documentary, History | 15 April 1980 (USA)
A controversial three part critical documentary on the history of the CIA.


Allan Francovich
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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Colby ... Himself - CIA Director 1973-1976
Philip Agee ... Himself - CIA 1959-1969
Harry S. Truman ... Himself - US President (archive footage)
George C. Marshall ... Himself - US Secretary of State (archive footage)
Alcide De Gasperi Alcide De Gasperi ... Himself - PDC Leader (archive footage) (as Nino De Gasperi)
Palmiro Togliatti Palmiro Togliatti ... Himself - PCI Leader (archive footage)
Giovanni Pacelli Giovanni Pacelli ... Himself - Catholic Pope (archive footage)
Joseph Burkholder Smith Joseph Burkholder Smith ... Himself - CIA 1951-1973 (archive footage)
Dean Acheson Dean Acheson ... Himself - US Secretary of State (archive footage)
Henry Jackson Henry Jackson ... Himself - Senator, Washington (archive footage)
Sig Mickelson Sig Mickelson ... Himself - CBS News President, Radio Free Europe President
Paul Sakwa Paul Sakwa ... Himself - CIA 1952-1962, ICFTU
Dick Law Dick Law ... Himself - American Federation of Labor (archive footage)
Victor Reuther Victor Reuther ... Himself - Congress of Industrial Organizations
Thomas Braden Thomas Braden ... Himself - CIA Chief 1950-1954 (archive footage) (as Tom Braden)


An in-depth documentary about the most controversial and misunderstood branch of our government. This program is an in-depth look looks into the origins, history, and inner-workings of one of the world's most powerful, but least understood, covert intelligence gathering organization. It's thee parts are entitled "The History," "Assasination," and "subversion." Written by duke1029@aol.com

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15 April 1980 (USA) See more »

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Inside the CIA: On Company Business See more »

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Referenced in Allies (1983) See more »

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A truthful look at how the world is run
2 August 2006 | by marta2046See all my reviews

I hope that, someday, this powerful documentary gets on DVD. I bought the 3-part VHS set many years ago, and recently transfered it to DVD as the tapes were falling apart.

Naturally, the sound and image quality is not very good, so I'd love to buy a "real" DVD.

Though it deals with political issues from the 1980's it is particularly relevant in these dangerous times.

The interviewees range from former CIA Ops, mercenaries, and congressmen.

The Congressional hearings are disturbing. The arrogant Richard Helms (former CIA director) is so blatant in his disrespect for the power of Congress it tells you that he will do exactly what he wants when he wants, no matter what the laws of the land are. (sound familiar?) Former CIA director William Colby is unintentionally hilarious during an interview. All he says is "I don't know" no matter what he is asked.

However, this is not a "talking heads" documentary. The archival film used includes amazing footage of the Iran revolution against the Sha, and the bombing of the Chilean presidential palace during Allende's assassination.

A must see.

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