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The Whistle Blower (1986)

PG | | Thriller | 10 July 1987 (USA)
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
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Cynthia Goodburn
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Charles Greig
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Bruce
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Bill Pickett
David Langton ...
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Mark
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Tiffany Goodburn
Bill Wallis ...
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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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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

Quotes

[last lines]
Bob Jones: [from a post-death recording] I always believe the man in the white hat always wins... and I intend to prove it
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Realistic thriller
14 January 2002 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This 1986 spy thriller is a realistic thriller. Michael Caine gives a great performance as Frank, the father of a son that has died during mysterious circumstances. Frank embarks on his own investigation into his son´s death only to discover a British society that not is what it seems to be, under the surface. His investigation leads to the government and what they would do to protect it´s secret activities. The whistle blower is told in a slow yet thrilling pace. The plot is good, even though it is hard to follow from time to time, and the acting great. The production is very simple which makes the film realistic. The whistle blower is one of Caine´s better spy thrillers and is recommended for anyone into the spy genre. 7/10


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