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Writer:
Michael Thomas (written by)
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Release Date:
28 April 1989 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Story That Seduced The World Is Now The Most Controversial Film Of The Year. See more »
Plot:
An English bon-vivant osteopath is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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The Scandal That Brought Down The British Government See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Hurt ... Stephen Ward

Joanne Whalley ... Christine Keeler (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)

Bridget Fonda ... Mandy Rice-Davies

Ian McKellen ... John Profumo

Leslie Phillips ... Lord Astor (Bill)

Britt Ekland ... Mariella Novotny
Daniel Massey ... Mervyn Griffith-Jones

Roland Gift ... Johnnie Edgecombe
Jean Alexander ... Mrs. Keeler

Alex Norton ... Detective Inspector

Ronald Fraser ... Justice Marshall

Paul Brooke ... John, Detective Sgt.

Jeroen Krabbé ... Eugene Ivanov (as Jeroen Krabbe)

Keith Allen ... Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial

Ralph Brown ... Paul Mann
Ken Campbell ... Editor of Pictorial
Iain Cuthbertson ... Lord Hailsham
Susannah Doyle ... Jackie
Joanna Dunham ... Lady Bronwen Astor

Trevor Eve ... Matinee Idol

Oliver Ford Davies ... Mr. Woods, MI5
Deborah Grant ... Valerie (Hobson) Profumo

Valerie Griffiths ... Landlady
Czeslaw Grocholski ... Polish Gent
Leon Herbert ... Lucky Gordon
Chris Humphreys ... Clive
Stefan Kalipha ... Hanif (as Stephan Kaliphi)
Tacy Kneale ... Jennifer
Tony Mathews ... Press Secretary
Richard Morant ... D'Lazlo
Mia Nadasi ... Olga
Jeff Nuttall ... Percy Murray, Club Owner
Sarah Prince ... Mr. Woods' Secretary
Ann Queensberry ... Mrs. Hare

Raad Rawi ... Aziz
Terence Rigby ... James Burge
Jennifer Scott Malden ... Jilly
Johnny Shannon ... Peter Rachman
Malcolm Terris ... Northern Gent
Joan Turner ... Plump Neighbor
Doremy Vernon ... Headgirl
James Villiers ... Conservative M.P.
Alison Waters ... Joannie
Arkie Whiteley ... Vicky
Tariq Yunus ... Ayub Khan
Toni Shiletto ... Murray's Dancers
Colette Dolan ... Murray's Dancers
Jackie Harvey ... Murray's Dancers
Kate Charman ... Murray's Dancers (as Kate Charmen)
Mark Adelman ... Murray's Band
John Piper ... Murray's Band
Ray Irwin ... Murray's Band
Patrice Serapiglia ... Murray's Band
Anders Janes ... Murray's Band
Susie Ann Watkins ... Maureen - Redhead

Directed by
Michael Caton-Jones 
 
Writing credits
Michael Thomas (written by)

Produced by
Joe Boyd .... executive producer
Redmond Morris .... associate producer
Nik Powell .... executive producer
Bob Weinstein .... co-executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... co-executive producer
Stephen Woolley .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carl Davis 
 
Cinematography by
Mike Molloy (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Angus Newton 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Simon Holland 
 
Art Direction by
Chris Townsend 
 
Costume Design by
Jane Robinson 
 
Makeup Department
Pat Hay .... chief makeup artist
Joan Hills .... makeup artist
Meinir Jones-Lewis .... chief hair stylist
Liz Michie .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Susan Slonaker .... executive in charge of production
Lisa Wills .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Clayton .... first assistant director (as Pat Clayton)
Nick Laws .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Steve Allett .... stand-by propman
Martin Asbury .... sketch artist
Roy Biggs .... stand-by stagehand
Jack Carter .... construction manager
Dave Clarke .... chargehand dressing propman
Gary Crosby .... stand-by painter
Winston Depper .... dressing propman
Maria Djurkovic .... set dresser
Elli Griff .... art department assistant
Paul Purdy .... chargehand stand-by props
Jill Quertier .... buyer
Suzanna Smith .... draughtsperson
David Stone .... stand-by carpenter
Brian Wells .... property master
John Wells .... chargehand prop storeman
 
Sound Department
Mark Auguste .... dialogue editor
Paul Cridlin .... boom operator
Richard Fettes .... footsteps editor
Andrew Glen .... assistant dialogue editor
Leonard Green .... assistant sound editor
Mark Holding .... sound maintenance
David John .... sound mixer
Eddy Joseph .... sound editor
Jim Roddan .... additional dubbing editor
Hugh Strain .... dubbing mixer
Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer
Steve Hancock .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Noel Wallace .... dubbing projectionist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... optical effects
 
Stunts
Gloria Jones .... stunt double: Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Simon Archer .... camera operator: second unit
Fred Brown .... electrician (as Freddie Brown)
Steve Burgess .... focus puller
Eddie Collins .... camera operator
Tom Collins .... still photographer
Perry Evans .... gaffer
Brian Mcgivern .... generator operator
Ossa Mills .... best boy
David Morani .... electrician (as Dave Maroni)
Phil Mullally .... clapper loader
Malcolm Smith .... grip
Richard Tindall .... clapper loader
Gary Turnbull .... focus puller: second unit
Jimmy Waters .... grip
Paul Woods .... electrician
John Wright .... stand-by rigger
 
Casting Department
Abi Cohen .... casting assistant
Beverley Keogh .... crowd casting (as Beverly Keogh)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Catherine Halloran .... wardrobe supervisor
Rosemary Thomson .... wardrobe runner
Vernon White .... wardrobe set supervisor
Kirsten Wing .... wardrobe mistress
 
Editorial Department
Laura Evans .... second assistant editor
John Gavin .... first assistant editor
Ian Seymour .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Carl Davis .... conductor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Robert John .... musician
Dick Lewzey .... music recordist (as Richard Lewzey)
Nic Raine .... orchestrator
Simon Chamberlain .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Mark White .... transportation
 
Other crew
Emma Bailey .... secretary to producer
John Beharrell .... production accountant
Diane Chittell .... production coordinator
Tony Clarkson .... location assistant
Jo Dalton .... assistant to director
Tracy Drew .... title designer
Penny Forrester .... assistant accountant
Michael Garland .... post-production accountant
Charmian Hoare .... dialogue coach
Charles Hubbard .... location manager
Susan Johnson .... assistant to producers
Cindy Milo .... body double: Bridget Fonda
Peter Ogunsalu .... assistant: Mr. Woolley
Tonya Richardson .... production intern
James Sherwood .... production runner
David Szulkin .... production assistant
Angela Wharton .... script supervisor (as Angela Noakes)
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language
Runtime:
115 min | USA:106 min | Canada:111 min
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Color (Fujicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although billed in the cast as "Matinee Idol", Trevor Eve's character is called David Fairfax Jr. It's a clear reference to Douglas Fairbanks Jr's real-life role in the Profumo affair. He was not named when the movie was made for legal reasons.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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:
Stephen Ward:All Russians are spies, it's how they're brought up.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Running BearSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
The Scandal That Brought Down The British Government, 28 February 2011
Author: Matthew Kresal from United States

More then thirty years before Monica Lewinsky nearly destroyed Bill Clinton's presidency, Christine Keeler brought down the sitting British government. Her affair with then Minister Of War John Profumo, the scandal that followed and the effect it had on those involved is the subject of Michael Caton-Jones' 1989 film Scandal. Caton-Jones, with the help of a first rate cast and script, brings to life the scandal that brought down the British government.

The film's cast is fantastic to say the least. Leading it is John Hurt as Osteopath/Playboy Stephen Ward and Joanne Whalley as the infamous Christine Keeler. Both are well cast, Whalley being a very good physical match for Keeler especially, and both give what seem to be honest performances as people who find themselves going from the time of the their lives to the worst moments of it. Right behind them are Bridget Fonda and Ian McKellen as the other two major players in the scandal: Mandy Rice-Davies and John Profumo respectively. The supporting cast includes Jeroen Krabbe as Soviet naval attaché Eugene Ivanov, Jean Alexander as Keeler's mother, Leslie Phillips as Bill aka Lord Astor and James Villiers as an MP. The cast is fantastic and helps to sell the realistic recreation of the scandal.

The realism is also helped by the production values as well. The production design of Simon Holland and the costumes of Jane Robinson bring to life the late 1950s-early 1960s world of the film from lurid clubs to country estates and the halls of government. Mike Molloy's cinematography is key to much of the film as it often gives the viewer a feeling of being a fly on the wall of the events taking place. There are moments also where it gives the viewer a feeling of what it must have been like as the scandal grows and the world closes around some of the characters. Angus Newton's editing helps that as well even though the film itself seems to be just a bit too long. All of this, under the superb direction of Caton-Jones makes the film's recreation of this world seemingly complete.

That wouldn't the case though without the script. Drawing from a number of different sources listed towards the end of the film's end credits, Scandal traces the journey from 1959 to 1963 as what starts out as Ward's attempt to introduce the beautiful, young Keeler to his friends in high places leads to a scandal that destroys the sitting British government. The script by Michael Thomas is more then just a simple accounting of the scandal though. It is a study of the different people involved in it and how, by accident more then design, then found themselves caught up in it. Scandal takes the viewer into a world of sex, booze and above all else hypocrisy. This is no better illustrated then in a scene early in the film where a group (including Ward and Keeler) are in a nightclub, surrounded by scantily clad women, celebrating the victory of the Conservative government in the 1959 UK general election. The result is an eye opening journey into the human side of an infamous political scandal.

From its first rate cast, production values, direction and script Scandal is a fine example of history being brought to life on film. It is a journey into a world of sex, booze and hypocrisy that bred an infamous scandal that brought down a sitting British government almost fifty years ago. It is also a journey into the human cost of that scandal told in a way that is haunting, realistic and perhaps even truthful as well.

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