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Movie propaganda

Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has a few strikes against her when she applies for a secretarial position at the law office of E Edward Grey (James Spader). For starters, she was released only recently from a mental institution. However, she gets the job anyway and soon learns that Mr Grey is not your average boss. Eventually, they begin a relationship, crossing lines of conduct that would give most human resource directors the shivers.

Based on a critically acclaimed short story by Mary Gaitskill, the exquisitely honed character development of Secretary lures us to the darker side of human sexuality, all the while warming us up to the idea that people are getting - and giving - what they want. While it toys with society's expectations of love, Secretary also explores the delicate balance between pain and healing, control and surrender. It could never be labeled old-fashioned but, when all is said and done, Secretary is, at its core and undeniably, a love story.

Persons of interest

  • James Spader .... Mr Grey
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal .... Lee Holloway
  • Jeremy Davies .... Peter
  • Lesley Ann Warren .... Joan Holloway
  • Stephen McHattie .... Burt Holloway
  • Patrick Bauchau .... Doctor Twardon
  • Jessica Tuck .... Tricia O'Connor
  • Oz Perkins .... Jonathan
  • Mary Joy .... Sylvia
  • Michael Mantell .... Stewart
  • Sabrina Grdevich .... Allison
  • Lacey Kohl .... Louisa
  • Julene Renee .... Jessica
  • Mary Gaitskill .... Author
  • Steven Shainberg .... Adapter
  • Erin Cressida Wilson .... Adapter
  • Erin Cressida Wilson .... Screenwriter
  • Steven Shainberg .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Boston Society of Film Critics: Best actress (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
    • Sundance Film Festival 2002: Special jury prize for originality
    • USA National Board of Review: Best breakthrough performance by an actress (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
  • Secretary official movie site
  • Secretary movie trailers:
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  • Studios and distributors:

Intelligence analyst

Special Agent Matti

Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

MA 15 + (Medium level sex scenes, adult themes)

Surveillance time

111 minutes (1:51 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 29 May 2003

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