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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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Mariella Novotny
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Johnnie Edgecombe
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Mrs. Keeler
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Justice Marshall
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Eugene Ivanov (as Jeroen Krabbe)
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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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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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Skandal  »

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$8,800,000
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1.85 : 1
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Produced in 1988 concurrently with a theatrical season in London for Sir Ian McKellen, who along with several co-stars, took part in assisting Sam Wanamaker's attempts to ensure the heritage of both the "Globe" and "Rose" theatres. This included several inspection visits that are recalled anecdotally by volunteers. Later, some co-stars attending the densely packed celebrity event, the "Save the Rose Theatre" campaign's public relations day in May 1989. This film was promoted to the media on the day, along with many others. (See Artist entries The Tall Guy (1989) and Henry V (1989) as examples.) 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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Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial: You got your rainboots on?
Editor of Pictorial: Why?
Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial: Because this shit's deep. That story? Gunshots at home of society doctor, got a picture of the girl? It's going to make some people very very nervous.
Editor of Pictorial: Yeah?
Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial: And listen, that's not the half of it. If what this tart has just told me is true, then we are sitting on dynamite. Look, we can't run with it until we get more evidence, but it's John Profumo. The bloody War Minister's involved!
Editor of Pictorial: Yeah, 's alright, great!
Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial: Yeah, I thought you'd like that.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 6 December 2017 (2017) See more »

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Chase Me Blues
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Music by Tony Kinsey
KPM Music Ltd
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Much ado about nothing, well done
22 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Viewed from the 21st century, the Profumo affair seems much ado about nothing, a sex scandal of an altogether more innocent age. Put to one side the marginal security issues, and all that is left is a bit of bad behaviour among the aristocracy, and to be frank, if you choose not to shoot these people, you can't really expect for anything more. It did leave one serious casualty, however: Stephen Ward, procurer of girls to the upper classes, who committed suicide after being abandoned by his friends when the going got tough. 'Scandal' tells his story, and manages to be reasonably sympathetic to Ward, Christine Keeler (the girl who slept with Profumo) and even (to some extent) the minister, although the facts don't quite seem to support the continuing strength of the bond between Ward and Keeler as depicted. The portrait of the early 1960s is well judged (without the film ever feeling overly historical), and there are interesting insights into the semi-professional sexual relationships between the smart set and the girls on the make they adopted. But the best thing about 'Scandal' is really the acting. A distinguished array of British character actors perform their turns impeccably; and Joanne Whalley, while never quite looking eighteen, is a dead ringer for Keeler and always nice to look at. But in his own way, John Hurt (who plays Ward) is also great to look at, in his case because of his straightforward excellence as an actor. In his hands, Ward is an essentially mediocre man; and yet charming, far from wicked and ultimately tragic. In some senses, the whole affair provided a template for the subsequent portrayal of the private lives of politicians by the press, to the extent that today it would hardly make the waves that it did at the time. But this film goes far beyond historical reconstruction, and is well worth watching in spite of the relative triviality of the events is portrays.


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