MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 9,438 this week

The Whistle Blower (1986)

 -  Thriller  -  10 July 1987 (USA)
6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 1,432 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 11 critic

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...

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 33 titles
created 04 Sep 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 09 Apr 2013
 
2
a list of 48 titles
created 29 Aug 2013
 
a list of 23 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 35 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Whistle Blower (1986)

The Whistle Blower (1986) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Whistle Blower.
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

John Preston is a British agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the 'special relationship' between the two countries.

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Michael Caine, Pierce Brosnan, Ned Beatty
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

An MI6 defector has his appearance altered by the KGB and is sent back to Britain to retrieve top-secret documents.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Michael Caine, Laurence Olivier, Susan George
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Dr. Lauren Slaughter, a research fellow at the Arab-Anglo Institute in London is utterly frustrated by her job. To supplement her income, she starts moonlighting at the Jasmine Escort ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Swaim
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Caine, Patrick Kavanagh
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The son of a German General becomes part of a mysterious conspiracy to gain hidden Nazi funds.

Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Michael Caine, Anthony Andrews, Victoria Tennant
Shadow Run (1998)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.2/10 X  

Haskell (Michael Caine) is assigned a job by his boss, the aristocratic Landon-Higgins (James Fox), to highjack a high security van in broad daylight while it's in the shadow run (out of ... See full summary »

Director: Geoffrey Reeve
Stars: Michael Caine, James Fox, Matthew Pochin
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A British agent's son is kidnapped and held for a ransom of diamonds. The agent finds out that he can't even count on the people he thought were on his side to help him, so he decides to track down the kidnappers himself.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Michael Caine, Donald Pleasence, Delphine Seyrig
Kidnapped (1971)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

When young David Balfour arrives at his uncle's bleak Scottish house to claim his inheritance his relative first tries to murder him then has him shipped off to be sold as a slave in the ... See full summary »

Director: Delbert Mann
Stars: Michael Caine, Trevor Howard, Lawrence Douglas
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When you think you're at the top of the corporate ladder and then discover they have managed to pull that ladder away, sometimes you have to take it upon yourself to 'level' the playing ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Egleson
Stars: Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, Peter Riegert
Water (1985)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A British diplomat to a West Indian island nation finds his idyllic existence thrown into chaos when a large American drilling company finds a huge source of natural mineral water there.

Director: Dick Clement
Stars: Michael Caine, Valerie Perrine, Brenda Vaccaro
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A British agent is sent to Berlin to receive a Communist defector, but the true situation turns out to be rather more complicated.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Michael Caine, Oskar Homolka, Paul Hubschmid
Bullet to Beijing (TV Movie 1995)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A retired British spy is called back into service by his government to help prevent North Korea from getting its hands on a deadly virus called "The Red Death."

Director: George Mihalka
Stars: Anatoly Kulbitsky, Shaughan Seymour, Michael Caine
Surrender (1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

A wealthy writer who has had terrible experiences with money-hungry girlfriends & ex-wives pretends to be a broke, washed-up novelist to see if the woman he loves wants him for himself or just for his money.

Director: Jerry Belson
Stars: Sally Field, Michael Caine, Steve Guttenberg
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Frank Jones
...
Lord
...
Bob Jones
...
Sir Adrian Chapple
Felicity Dean ...
Cynthia Goodburn
...
Charles Greig
...
Bruce
Kenneth Colley ...
Bill Pickett
David Langton ...
Government Minister
Dinah Stabb ...
Rose
...
Mark
Katherine Reeve ...
Tiffany Goodburn
Bill Wallis ...
Ramsay Dodgson
Trevor Cooper ...
Inspector Bourne
Peter Miles ...
Stephen Kedge
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le dénonciateur  »

Box Office

Gross:

$1,500,000 (USA)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The 2010 Rachel Weisz picture The Whistleblower (2010) is not a remake of this film despite the fact that both movies are thrillers and both feature espionage. A key difference between the films also is the spelling of their titles. Sounding exactly the same phonetically, The Whistleblower (2010) is spelled with two words where as The Whistle Blower (1986) has three. See more »

Goofs

Frank Jones had served in the Royal Navy for twelve years, but was wearing a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal; awarded for fifteen years' exemplary service. And the medal being worn was not that of the Royal Navy, but of the British Army. See more »

Connections

Featured in Al Murray's Great British Spy Movies (2014) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
another superb michael caine performance in thought-provoking film
22 May 2004 | by (new york, n.y.) – See all my reviews

it's always a joy to watch michael caine . He makes acting seem effortless as he becomes his character. As for this wonderful and very thought provoking film,

read Roger Ebert's review on this site. He expresses everything I felt about this film perfectly.. with writing that I could never hope to equal.. I 'll only add that the scene of all of the old veterans marching and wearing their medals moved me to tears. Every role. every scene. is perfect. A film you will remember for a long time.


11 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Will it ever be released in the U.S.? Fatsnbul
Medals PhillipNoir
FIlm Locations anthony1081
The whistle Blower thomas-busson
Discuss The Whistle Blower (1986) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?