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Scandal (1989)

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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Christine Keeler (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
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Lord Astor (Bill)
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Mariella Novotny
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Johnnie Edgecombe
Jean Alexander ...
Mrs. Keeler
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Justice Marshall
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John, Detective Sgt.
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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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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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In 1960 Christine Keeler met Mandy Rice-Davies. Three years later they brought down the British Government See more »

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Drama | History

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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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Skandal  »

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$8,800,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Stephen Frears was considered as director. 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 »

Quotes

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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Spoofed in The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) See more »

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Waltz in Mean Time
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Music by David Lee
KPM Music Ltd
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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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