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The flat where John Gielgud (Sir Adrian Chapple) lives is located in front of Brett Sinclair's in The Persuaders! (1971), at Queen Anne's Gate in London.
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This was the only film directed by Simon Langton.
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The only ever major theatrical feature film featuring the British Intelligence agency GCHQ.
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Final feature film of actor Gordon Jackson.
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Final feature film of actor David Langton.
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Playing a Government Minister, the film featured actor David Langton, who was the father of the film's director Simon Langton.
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In the film's story, a series of three articles entitled "The Whistleblowers" are authored by Bill Pickett (Kenneth Colley) . The three stories were called (1) Culprits (2) Motivations and (3) Responses.
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A number of the cast were known to audiences from having extensively appeared on British television.
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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.
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GCHQ stands for Government Communications Headquarters.
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GCHQ was originally known as the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS or GCCS) when it was first established after World War I. It was known by this up until 1946 when the name was changed to the GCHQ.
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One of two espionage movies released in 1987 that starred Michael Caine. The other spy film was The Fourth Protocol (1987).
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One of five movies that actor Michael Caine made with producer Geoffrey Reeve. The films include Shiner (2000), Quicksand (2003), The Whistle Blower (1986), Half Moon Street (1986) and Shadow Run (1998), the latter Reeve also directing.
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Some British movie posters for the film featured a long text preamble that read: "The Retired Serviceman. The Agent. The GCHQ man. The Civil Servant. They all know the identity of the country's most dangerous spy. But which one of them will finally blow the whistle?".
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A large part of the picture was shot on location in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire where the GCHQ is actually situated. Other significant Cheltenham locales featured in the film included The Promenade, the Cheltenham Racecourse and the Cheltenham Crematorium.
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The GCHQ is a real life British intelligence agency. It provides information assurance and signals intelligence (known as SIGINT) to the British government and armed forces.
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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.
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