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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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Roland Gift ...
Johnnie Edgecombe
Jean Alexander ...
Mrs. Keeler
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Detective Inspector
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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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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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It Would Be A Scandal To Miss It 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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Trivia

This film narrowly escaped an X rating in the U.S. because of some questionable footage during the Cliveden House orgy. Closer scrutiny revealed that two extras were having real sex on a piano in one of the background scenes. Even though they were blurry, the scene had to be trimmed for all general releases to avoid the restrictive rating, which BBFC censor James Ferman accomplished by defusing the light from a table-lamp in the foreground. The inquisitive-minded will find this sequence about 49 minutes and 5 seconds into the movie. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film, when Mandy Rice-Davies is surrounded by the press, one photographer, using a twin-lens reflex camera, has his finger on the lower (taking) lens at the moment of exposure. No professional photographer would make this mistake. See more »

Quotes

[Mandy is being cross-examined in court]
Mervyn Griffith-Jones: Are you aware that Lord Astor has denied impropriety in his relationship with you?
Mandy Rice-Davies: [smiles] Well, he would, wouldn't he?
[crowd in gallery roars with laughter]
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Referenced in To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) See more »

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Miss Jamaica
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Written by Jimmy Cliff
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Turgid but clever
25 October 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is one of the better contemporary fictionalizations of historical events, though it suffers from lack of exposition. Here's the history that you need to follow events: John Profumo, England's Minister of Defence (equivalent to the US Defense Secretary) was introduced to party girls (like Christine Keeler) by popular osteopath Stephen Ward. But unlike some upper-crust friends of Ward, Profumo had more to lose. When it got out that Keeler had dated a Soviet Navy attache at about the same time as she dated the married Profumo, British tabloids had a field day noting that there were national security concerns atop the infidelity problem. One reason folks in the US have difficulty with this issue is that the story was overshadowed in the States by the almost simultaneous Cuban Missle Crisis.

The great soundtrack's now been out on CD for a few years; the theme was produced by the Pet Shop Boys and sung by authentic 60's icon Dusty Springfield. All other songs chosen charted during the early 60's, giving the film the ring of authenticity. And due possibly to legal problems, the original performance of Chubby Checker's THE TWIST couldn't be used, so Checker re-recorded it for this film. This newer, punchy 1989 version is the one used today behind Pantene shampoo commercials.


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