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The Whistle Blower (1986)

 -  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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Robert '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
Kenneth Colley ...
Bill Pickett
David Langton ...
Government Minister
Dinah Stabb ...
Rose
James Simmons ...
Mark
Katherine Reeve ...
Tiffany
Bill Wallis ...
Dodgson
Trevor Cooper ...
Inspector Bourne
Peter Miles ...
Stephen Kedge
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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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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)  »

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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 »

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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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28 January 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Whistle Blower tells a story which is likely to be obsolete nowadays. The end of the cold war rendered stories of this nature difficult to perceive but was written at a time when relations between the US and USSR were strained and scandals were rife in British Intelligence and at GCHQ.

The film tells the story of a jittery secret service heavily reliant on American information to help keep the soviets at bay. It demonstrates how the service would have reacted to the allegation that there were soviet agents within organisations such as GCHQ and how they may have been dealt with. The eventual reasoning is cruel and cold and leaves the watcher wondering if events like this really did take place at the time.

The Whistle Blower tells a good story which is easy to follow and comprehend. It is bolstered by a good cast but let down by poor direction making it staid in places.


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