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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 »
User Reviews:
Surprising and moving See more (24 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
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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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although billed in the cast as "Matinee Idol", Trevor Eve's character is referred to in the movie as 'David Fairfax Jr'. This is a clear reference to the real-life role played in the Profumo affair by 'Douglas Fairbanks Jr', who was not named when the movie was made for legal reasons.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: A title card says, "One Year Later, 1962," indicating Profumo addressed Parliament re Keeler that year. But, Profumo's address was actually in March 1963.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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Empire of the Censors (1995) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
JambalayaSee more »

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22 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Surprising and moving, 18 October 2005
Author: LewisJForce (gunghomonro@yahoo.com) from Wolverhampton, England

I saw this for the first time last night on Channel 4. I've never sought out the film before because I assumed that it would be an uninvolved telling of an uninteresting piece of British history. I was wrong.

The piece works on several levels, as they say. First, the period evocation is excellent. I became interested in this era after reading an interesting book on slum landlord Peter Rachmann a few years back (he is a minor character here). Christine Keeler was a figure who inhabited both the pot and ska parties of London's impoverished immigrant community and the bedrooms of the most powerful men in the land, and this breadth and contrast gives the film sufficient scope to successfully capture the energy and feel of the time.

Second, the handling of character development is exemplary. The film surprises you by gradually shading in the relationship between Keeler and Stephen Ward, until their completely believable 'love affair' becomes the focus in the moving finale. Joanne Whalley and John Hurt are both exceptional as Keeler and Ward, turning in subtle and detailed performances. These characters are contradictory and ambiguous, the kind of complex human beings who could quite easily be reduced to type by lesser actors.

Third, the film is made with real heart and intelligence. It is sympathetic to its characters and it strives to understand them, and thus help us to understand them. The director, Michael Caton-Jones frames and cuts with brilliant understatement, making potent and witty use of contemporary music throughout. I really didn't expect the seamless technique and low-key accretion of detail employed here, and it kept me fascinated.

The tone of the picture is just right. A kind of compassionate sadness. We come to feel the real injustice of the moral and social hypocrisy bought to bear without being assaulted by it, and as noted before, the ending is powerful and affecting. It would appear that tabloid scumbags were as pernicious an influence then as they are now, and the observations thereon are as relevant as ever.

If I had to find fault with the film, it would be this: Ian McKellen models perhaps the least convincing bald pate in the history of cinema as John Profumo. So much so, that, for me, it impacts negatively on his otherwise notable performance. Its a minor flaw all told.

I was surprised. I was impressed. I was moved. If you happen upon the film, sit down and watch it. You will be rewarded.

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