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The Whistle Blower (1986)

PG  |   |  Thriller  |  10 July 1987 (USA)
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A war veteran tries to investigate the murder of his son who was working as a Russian translator for the British intelligence service during the Cold War. He meets a web of deception and paranoia that seems impenetrable...

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Frank Jones
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Lord
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Bob Jones
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Sir Adrian Chapple
Felicity Dean ...
Cynthia Goodburn
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Charles Greig
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Bruce
Kenneth Colley ...
Bill Pickett
David Langton ...
Government Minister
Dinah Stabb ...
Rose
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Mark
Katherine Reeve ...
Tiffany Goodburn
Bill Wallis ...
Ramsay Dodgson
Trevor Cooper ...
Inspector Bourne
Peter Miles ...
Stephen Kedge
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Twenty-eight year old idealist Bob Jones is contemplating leaving his position as a Russian translator at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) as those at the top have issued a new whistle blowing policy - encouraging employees to report any suspicious behavior - in light of the highly publicized case of Ramsay Dodgson, a Soviet spy who was working undetected in the organization for ten years before being caught. Bob does not like the idea of being at the mercy of work colleagues, most, like Dodgson, who he did and does not know. In private, he confides to his father, widowed businessman and retired Navy officer Frank Jones, that part of his want to leave the job, which also entails eavesdropping on private conversations between Soviet officials on a multitude of everyday topics, is that he believes the British and by association Americans are just as corrupt as the Russians in how they infiltrate institutions most of the public see as commonplace, this belief to which ... Written by Huggo

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Within the Secret World of Governmental Cover Ups, Will the one man who dares to tell the truth survive?

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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In the film's story, a series of three articles entitled "The Whistleblowers" are authored by Bill Pickett (Kenneth Colley) . The three stories were called (1) Culprits (2) Motivations and (3) Responses. See more »

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When Lord and Bruce are at the racecourse Lord's jacket changes to an overcoat with velvet collar. See more »

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Realistic And Smart Cold War Thriller.
22 September 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Michael Caine plays Frank Jones, a war veteran and patriotic British citizen who is shocked to learn about the mysterious death of his son, who had worked as a Russian translator for British Intelligence. Frank reluctantly becomes convinced that his own government had his son killed because he was going to "blow the whistle" on illegal and unethical behavior by his employers. Not deterred by the usual "national security" defense of the killers, Frank is determined to bring his son's killers to justice, whether it be by legal or illegal means...

First-rate conspiracy drama has fine acting by all, and Caine quite believable as the grieving and outraged father. Film makes thoughtful observations about government secrets, and the "who watches the watchers?" debate. Worth seeking out.


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