A Flash of Green

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A Flash of Green
A Flash of Green poster.jpg
Directed byVictor Nuñez
Screenplay byVictor Nunez
Based onA Flash of Green
by John D. MacDonald
Produced byVictor Nunez
StarringEd Harris
Blair Brown
Richard Jordan
George Coe
Joan Goodfellow
CinematographyVictor Nunez
Music byCharles Engstrom
Release date
  • September 15, 1984 (1984-09-15) (Toronto Film Festival)
CountryUnited States

A Flash of Green is a 1984 American drama film directed by Victor Nuñez.[1] It was first shown at the Toronto Festival of Festivals and New York Film Festival in 1984,[2] then aired on PBS as an episode of American Playhouse in 1986.[3] It is based on a 1962 novel by John D. MacDonald.


A Flash of Green tells the story of small-town corruption and two people brave enough to fight back. When a local reporter starts sympathizing with an eco-group opposing a new development, a local county commissioner attempts to quiet him with a bribe. Going along with it at first, the reporter soon develops a conscience when the commissioner uses a right-wing paramilitary group to keep the eco-group in line.[4][5]



  1. ^ Ebert, Roger. "A FLASH OF GREEN". RogerEbert.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13.
  2. ^ ""American Playhouse" A Flash of Green (TV Episode 1984) - IMDb". IMDb.
  3. ^ Terry, Clifford (April 21, 1986). "'Flash Of Green' Has Flashes Of Conscience'". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2016-04-12., archived from the original April 12, 2016
  4. ^ A Flash of Green, Internet Movie Database, Retrieved 2015-06-25
  5. ^ A Flash of Green | 1985, Hollywood.com, Retrieved 2015-06-25