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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
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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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The Story That Seduced The World Is Now The Most Controversial Film Of The Year. 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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$8,800,000 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

There were strenuous efforts made by many politicians to prevent the film from being made, even though the world-famous events it depicted had taken place more than a quarter of a century earlier. Both Ian McKellen and John Hurt received numerous letters from famous members of Parliament asking them to decline their roles. Neither one did. McKellen replied politely to most of these letters; Hurt ignored them, and told journalists that their senders were hypocrites who were merely anxious to prevent the truth from being told. 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 »

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Stephen Ward: All Russians are spies, it's how they're brought up.
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Referenced in The Girl from Tomorrow: Computer Games (1992) See more »

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Free Jazz
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Music by Bryan Daly
KPM Music Ltd
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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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