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M-NET PREMIERS (article first published : 2003-07-16)

The Day Reagan Was Shot (July 7 at 20h00) starring Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Crenna, Holland Taylor, Colm Feore. 2001: Cyrus Nowrasteh. On March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, trying to prove his love for actress Jodie Foster, attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan (Richard Crenna) in front of the Washington Hilton. Only 70 days into his term, Reagan was shot at between the heart and lung. Meanwhile, with Vice President Bush in transit and President Reagan in hospital, Secretary of State Alexander Haig (Richard Dreyfus) nominates himself as head of the White House. Only to find himself close to nuclear conflict with the Soviet Union. This thought-provoking film utilizes various sources to provide a portrait of an infamous day in American history, which was fraught with far more chaos than the public even knew. It retraces the steps leading up to Reagan's attempted assassination.

The Others (July 14 at 20h00) stars Nicole Kidman, Alakina Mann, James Bentley, Fionnula Flanagan. The thriller movie is about a woman who discovers that her new servants may be responsible for her daughter’s ghostly visions. Nicole Kidman stars as Grace, a devoutly religious mother of two ailing children who has moved with her family to a mansion on the English coast while awaiting her husband's return from World War II. Their children, Anne (Anne Mann) and Nicholas James Bentley), both suffer from a rare photosensitivity disease that renders them extremely vulnerable to sunlight. It then became the rule of the house to have only one door open in the house at a time. When Anne begins claiming to see ghosts, Grace at first believes her newly arrived family of eccentric servants to be responsible, but chilling events and visions soon lead her to believe that something supernatural is indeed going on.

The Man Who Cried (July 21 at 20h00). Christina Ricci, Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett and John Turturro star in this historical drama with music, a gifted singer (Oleg Yankovsky) from a Jewish village in Russia travels to the United States in 1927, leaving behind his young daughter Fegele (Claudia Lander-Duke). When authorities terrorised the Jewish community Fegele flee with relatives to England where a British family that adopted her renamed her Suzie. They raised her with little acknowledgement of her ethnic heritage. As she grows to adulthood, Suzie (Christina Ricci) becomes a gifted vocalist. And her move to Paris forces her adoptive parents to tell her about her background. So the quest to know who she is begins.

Behind The Red Door (July 28 at 20h00) star Kyra Sedgwick, Kiefer Sutherland and Stockard Channing). In the movie, Kyra Sedgwick stars as Natalie Haddad a Manhattan-based photographer who is forced to confront her painful past. When her agent and best friend Julia (Stockard Channing) arranged for her to accept a lucrative contract with a Boston ad agency, Natalie discovers that she will be working for her own gay brother Roy (Kiefer Sutherland), whom she hasn't seen in a decade. Roy who is intolerably snobbish and manipulative manages to exert a curious control over Natalie, forcing her to confront several disturbing, long-suppressed memories of her past.




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