Based on the Profumo Scandal of 1963, an affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War shakes up the British government.

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Christine Keeler (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
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Lord Astor (Bill)
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Johnnie Edgecombe
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Mrs. Keeler
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Eugene Ivanov (as Jeroen Krabbe)
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Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial
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Paul Mann
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Storyline

An English bon-vivant osteopath is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him. He serves as friend and mentor, and through his contacts and parties she and her friend meet and date members of the Conservative Party. Eventually a scandal occurs when her affair with the Minister of War goes public, threatening their lifestyles and their freedom. Based on the real Profumo scandal of 1963. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

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$8,800,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jean Alexander filmed her cameo in a day. See more »

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When Mandy Rice-Davies and Christine Keeler walk alongside the river Thames in the early morning, a 1980s coach crosses the bridge in the background. See more »

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Stephen Ward: All Russians are spies, it's how they're brought up.
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Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

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Free Jazz
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Music by Bryan Daly
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Excellent representation of the times and facts.
22 July 1999 | by (Chicago, US) – See all my reviews

I've read the book that the movie is based on (a collection of reports on the 1963 affair that shook the UK politics). I must say that the movie is very accurate in its portrayal of the times and facts of the case.

That of course would not have made it the film to watch. So it has a lot of nudity to spice things up (man, the sixties were a decadent time!), good acting, and brilliant soundtrack of theme songs just recreates the times for you. John Hurt as the ambitious 'doctor' is excellent, as is Bridget Fonda. Joanne Whalley-Kilmer, who played the protagonist, Christine Keeler, is quite forgettable though.

I highly recommend this movie, but beware it's a STRONG "R" film.


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