Strip Search

Synopsis: In the aftermath of the September, 11th, in China, the American student Linda Sykes is interrogated by the military Liu Tsung-Yuan. In New York, the Arab student Sharif Bin Said is interrogated by the FBI agent Karen Moore. The psychological methods of interrogation are the same, amicable in the beginning and brutal in the end; but there is no evidence that the students are terrorists. Must security and safety of the State come at the price of freedom?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Levinson-Fontana Company
120 min

- An interrogation.

- An interview.


I'm a suspect?

Subject of an inquiry,

an investigation into crimes, some of which

may not as yet have been committed.

Oh, you think I may commit a crime?

Anyone's capable

given the proper circumstances.

My own mother was arrested for shoplifting,

she's an old lady.

I have no criminal record,

no prior arrests or convictions

either here or at home.

- Good.

- I would like to see a lawyer,

contact my embassy.


Because, not knowing the local laws,

- I am afraid that...

- You will indict yourself?


I don't know my rights.

You haven't read me my rights.

That's because you aren't charged

with anything.

Then I can go?

- No.

- I can be held without being charged?

- Yes.

- For how long?

48 hours.

Seven days.

Six months.

However long it takes.

Takes for what?

You to tell me what I need.

You mean confess.

Confess to a crime that may or may not

have been committed.

That I may have committed

not knowing it's a crime or...

that may not even be a crime!



(Beeping stops)

Photograph doesn't do you justice.

You're much more handsome.

Or maybe the word's...



Ooh. You've been to so many places.





You're not Jewish.


Now, there's a hotbed of terrorism.

What were you doing there?

It's none of your business.

Sit down.


- It's hot in here.

- Hm.


It's that time of year.

Sometimes the best thing to do is to just...


My government has started

fingerprinting foreigners from certain countries,

but I'm not sure that's enough.

Maybe the best solution

would be to put ankle bracelets, you know,

monitoring devices, on specific visitors.

I mean, not you.

In order to keep an eye on their movements.

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Tom Fontana

Tom Fontana (born September 12, 1951 in Buffalo, New York) is an American writer and producer. An Emmy winner, Fontana created NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street and HBO's Oz. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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