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


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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10 July 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le dénonciateur  »

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$1,500,000 (USA)

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The film was made and released about three years after its source novel of the same name by John Hale had been first published on 13th September 1984. See more »


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 »


Frank Jones: [on a confession] This will do
[last lines]
Sir Adrian Chapple: Now perhaps you'll kindly return it
[snaps a pistol at him]
Sir Adrian Chapple: I hate to be melodramatic... but...
[Frank seizes Chapple's wrist, causing him to shoot himself]
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Heavy And Too Clumsy
30 August 2011 | by (Poconos, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

TWB exploits modern and contemporary British history. A viewer would do well to first have some understanding of the Suez Incident, Kim Pheby and Company, and the increasing surveillance of the English public. But the film's attempt to indoctrinate are so mawkish and heavy handed that the viewer is left feeling like he/she has just read a middle school social studies text. There's a scene when Caine's character is walking with his son and the latter, under the pretense of dialog, spills out a liberal's editorial column on the problem with national security run amuck. We're asked to accept that Caine's character, an ordinary merchant, would be treated to an audience of aristocratic higher-ups who take the time and risk of explaining their motives and logic. We're also asked to accept that Caine can simply walk into the home of knighted dignitary, cause the death of Sir Whatshisname, then - cut to the next scene - attend's Sir's funeral in state. All this while British national security is murdering its populace for being just looking too suspicious; i.e., just in case. For all the ruckus, there's not an ounce of suspense or tension in this movie.

PS/ This is an older film though I regularly get "Not helpful" clicks, obviously from a someone who had something to do with the making of the movie or a die hard fan. I dare you to identify yourself.

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