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Scandal (1989)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Keeler (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
Lord Astor (Bill)
Mariella Novotny
Daniel Massey ...
Johnnie Edgecombe
Jean Alexander ...
Mrs. Keeler
Detective Inspector
Justice Marshall
John, Detective Sgt.
Eugene Ivanov (as Jeroen Krabbe)
Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial
Paul Mann


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 <>

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In 1960 Christine Keeler met Mandy Rice-Davies. Three years later they brought down the British Government See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

28 April 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Skandal  »

Box Office


$8,800,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many UK actors turned down roles in the movie because the subject could cost them knighthoods and the other honors. However, Ian McKellen was knighted in 1991, two years after the film was made. See more »


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 »


John Profumo: I have nothing to hide.
Stephen Ward: Come off it John, we all have something to hide, what a boring life it would be if we didn't.
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Referenced in The Girl from Tomorrow: Computer Games (1992) See more »


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The Profumo Affair.
26 September 2013 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Michael Caton Jones directs this account of the real life sex scandal involving Cabinet Minister John Profumo(Ian McKellen) & Russian spy Eugene Ivanov(Jeroen Krabbe) involved with former showgirls but now high society escorts played by Joanne Whalley and Bridget Fonda, that would result in a very public trial that wrecked careers and lives. John Hurt plays Dr. Stephen Ward, who introduced the two ladies to their decadent lifestyle, much to his later regret.

Well acted by its cast, and interesting to a point, but film is rarely that emotionally involving, and seems more interested in controversial sensationalism than anything else. Despite the excitement on screen, it may well leave you cold...

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