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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
Felicity Dean ...
Cynthia Goodburn
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Charles Greig
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Bruce
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Bill Pickett
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Government Minister
Dinah Stabb ...
Rose
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Mark
Katherine Reeve ...
Tiffany Goodburn
Bill Wallis ...
Ramsay Dodgson
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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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Also Known As:

Le dénonciateur  »

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$1,500,000 (USA)
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Trivia

Final feature film of actor Gordon Jackson. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Donald: The only way we'll know when and at what targets a nuclear button will be pressed is by electronic espionage. That's what makes it so appalling that Dodgson, a self-confessed and convicted Soviet agent, was able to hold a position of trust here for ten years. It must not happen again. Each of you, not only section heads, but each and every one of you, has simply got to report oddities of behaviour among your colleagues, strange events or anything else that strikes you as out of the...
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It's A Long Way To Tipperary
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams (uncredited)
[Played by marching band at Remembrance Day Parade]
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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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