Betrayed, directed by Costa-Gavras, depicts the modern White supremacist movement in the American Heartland. Written by Joe Eszterhas, the story is loosely based on the White separatist terrorist activities of American neo-Nazi Robert Mathews. Debra Winger plays an undercover FBI agent sent to investigate a farmer, Tom Berenger, who is suspected of being a White supremacist group leader responsible for the murder of a Chicago radio talk show host.
Actress, Debra Winger, attorney, William H. Webster, and filmmaker, Arliss Howard, joined FOLCS for a post-screening discussion.
Since her stunning arrival on the film scene in Urban Cowboy, Debra Winger has long been acknowledged as one of the screen’s finest actresses. Her performances in An Officer and A Gentleman, Terms of Endearment, and Shadowlands brought her Best Actress Academy Award nominations.
She appeared in a remarkable variety of films in her early career with acclaimed performances in Cannery Row, Mike’s Murder, Leap of Faith, Forget Paris, receiving a Golden Globe nomination for A Dangerous Woman. She worked with some of the great directors of the age, such as Bernardo Bertolucci in The Sheltering Sky and Costa Gavras in Betrayed. Television appearances include the film Dawn Anna, which accorded her an Emmy nomination, and the HBO series, “In Treatment”.
William H. Webster
William H. Webster was sworn in as Director of Central Intelligence in May 1987. In this position he headed the Intelligence Community (all foreign intelligence agencies of the United States) and directed the Central Intelligence Agency until 1991. Immediately following he joined the law firm of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in its Washington, D.C. office and still maintains an office there since retiring in 2006.
Webster was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts in 1947 where, in 1975, he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In 1949 Judge Webster received his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University Law School, St. Louis, Missouri. He served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy in World War II and again in the Korean War.
Actor, Writer, and Director
Arliss Howard is an actor, writer, director and producer with an extensive history of film, television and theater projects made in collaboration with many of the great media artists of the day. Perhaps best known for his portrayal of Private Cowboy in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, his work as a film actor includes Men Don’t Leave, Natural Born Killers, two films with Steven Spielberg Lost World: Jurassic Park and Amistad, The Time Traveller’s Wife and Moneyball. Since co-starring with his wife, Debra Winger, in 1993’s Wilder Napalm, he has worked with her as both actor and director in the films Big Bad Love and Dawn Anna for which Ms. Winger was nominated for an Emmy Award.