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4 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Biased to one opinion of course but still well delivered and depressingly tragic on several levels See more (7 total) »


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Mark Rylance ... Dr. David Kelly

Jonathan Cake ... Alastair Campbell
Emma Fielding ... Susan Watts

Daniel Ryan ... Andrew Gilligan
Geraldine Alexander ... Janice Kelly

Georgina Rylance ... Rachel Kelly

James Larkin ... Tony Blair

Julian Wadham ... Jonathan Powell

Pip Torrens ... John Scarlett
Philip Bowen ... Sir Kevin Tebbit

Barnaby Kay ... Tom Kelly

Tom Beard ... Godric Smith
Darren Morfitt ... Daniel Pruce
Martin Maynard ... Paul Hammill
Geoffrey Freshwater ... Andrew MacKinlay
Shaughan Seymour ... Richard Ottaway
James Aubrey ... David Chidgey
Jasper Jacob ... Greg Pope
Jay Villiers ... Geoff Hoon

Jonathan Aris ... Bryan Wells
Patrick Pearson ... Patrick Lamb
Richard Huw ... Richard Hatfield

Dominic Jephcott ... Martin Howard
Celia Robertson ... Kate Wilson
Peter Forbes ... Wing Commander John Clark

Michael Cochrane ... Sir Richard Dearlove

Richard Hope ... Richard Sambrook

Ben Miles ... Kevin Marsh

Kate Miles ... Miranda Holt

Alex Reid ... Claire

David Prosho ... Steve Haws (as Dave Prosho)
Howard Ward ... Mark Ridsdale
William Armstrong ... Carl Klein
Sasha Behar ... Nan

Kayvan Novak ... Qasim Hamdani
Suzanna Nour ... Dr. Rihab Taha al Azawi
Younes Megri ... General Amin
Basel Al-Jibouri ... Interpreter
Nigel Hastings ... Nick Radford
Bill Stewart ... Barry Trent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joy Brook ... Alison Blackshaw (uncredited)
Antony Byrne ... Mark Damazer (uncredited)
Sam Dale ... John Humphrys (uncredited)
Richard Howard ... Donald Anderson (uncredited)
Stewart Howson ... Fabian Hamilton (uncredited)

Stephanie Langton ... Ellen Kelly (uncredited)

Stuart Nurse ... Jack Straw (uncredited)

Ed Pearce ... Weapons Inspector (uncredited)
John Peters ... Bill Olner (uncredited)
Jeff Peterson ... US Marine Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter Kosminsky 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Peter Kosminsky 

Produced by
David Aukin .... executive producer
Simon Chinn .... co-producer
Jonathan Curling .... producer
Julia Stannard .... line producer
Original Music by
Jocelyn Pook 
Cinematography by
David Higgs 
Film Editing by
David Blackmore 
Josh Cunliffe 
Casting by
Marcia Gresham 
Production Design by
Claire Kenny 
Art Direction by
Henry Jaworski 
Niall Moroney 
Costume Design by
Justine Luxton 
Production Management
Majid Aoulad Abdellah .... unit manager
Finlay Bradbury .... unit manager (as Finlay Pile)
Alex Sutherland .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tussy Facchin .... additional third assistant director
Ben Howard .... second assistant director
Nic Jeune .... first assistant director
Tom Rye .... third assistant director
Art Department
Rob Anderson .... construction coordinator
Marshall Aver .... buyer
Caroline Barclay .... stand-by art director
Abdenabi Izlaguen .... property master
Sound Department
Simon Clark .... sound recordist
Jason Devlin .... boom operator
Peter Gates .... sound editor
Graham Headicar .... sound effects editor
Stuart Hilliker .... dubbing mixer
Stuart Hilliker .... sound re-recording mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Bell .... electrician
Camilla Drennan .... camera trainee
Dan Fontaine .... gaffer
Gary Parnham .... additional electrician
Steve Pugh .... grip
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
Erin Stevens .... clapper loader
Other crew
Rachel Donkor .... production accountant
Zoë Edwards .... assistant production coordinator
James Grant .... location manager
Ali James .... assistant location manager
Sarah Lindfield .... production runner
Nick Oliver .... location scout
Susannah Price .... researcher
Jayne Spooner .... script supervisor (2005)
Katherine Tibbetts .... production coordinator
William Willson .... researcher
Will Yates .... researcher

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Additional Details

UK:125 min (including commercials) | Finland:109 min (excluding commercials)
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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Biased to one opinion of course but still well delivered and depressingly tragic on several levels, 19 April 2005
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

After the 11th September 2001 the War Against Terror is preparing to move on to Iraq. The UN have sent in the weapons inspectors to find if Saddam has indeed Weapons of Mass Destruction and the political machines in both the UK and US are working to present the strongest possible case for war in the face of (in the UK) very vocal opposition from the public. With the dossiers released and the threat established the "need for war" is set and, on the 19th March 2003, the coalition forces invade Iraq. As the bombs fall, the political fall out back in the UK begins – a dossier released by Number 10 is revealed to be mostly lifted from a 12 year old PhD thesis and there are rumours that the dossiers have been "sexed up" and exaggerated by Alistair Campbell's communications team without the support of the intelligence community.

Regardless of your opinion of the war on terror or the war in Iraq, it is hard to ignore the fact that there was clearly spin put on the case for war, with dossiers exaggerated (the 45 minute claim), suspicions presented as fact (there was definitely WMD?) and an urgency to get into Iraq that really should never be the case when it comes to war – god help us that we should never see elected officials acting with such apparent blood lust again. After George Bush announced the Iraqi conflict over (nice call George), the political backlash began – lead mostly by the media and the BBC, who, I suspect, felt a bit aggrieved about being used and dominated by Campbell's team. Among all the stories and sources was David Kelly, who was put on the record by the BBC's Andrew Gilligan as saying that caveats in the "45 minute" dossier had been removed, the dossier spiced up and the 45 minute claim just plain wrong. It is hard to think of the story because, personally, I believe it and, now that the search for WMD has been given up as a bad job, it is depressing to think that Kelly was the only political casualty when really large sections of the government should have resigned at very best.

In capturing the shameful history behind the war, this film does well to build the story even though it had limited or no access to political records and the Kelly family. The film is biased of course but it still is interesting and convincing in the way it does it; the flashbacks were a bit annoying at first but then I released that they were being used to show us that, since 1990, Kelly had believed WMDs were in Iraq and, even on his return in 2003 he truly believed tat he would find them – he was not some liberal out to bring down Labour; in other words, he simply told the truth. Outside of the political condemnation the film plays very well as a tragedy – the vast majority of us know how it ends (clue: the "bad" guys win) and it is consistently depressing to watch the machine crush one man; it is depressing to watch because I know it will make no difference, thousands are dead, the goal posts have been shifted (now it was regime change) and it will simply go down in history as a war with a scandal and a few reports clearing everyone involved of whatever they wanted to be cleared of.

The cast are mixed but the most important performance is well delivered by RADA actor Rylance; his Kelly is polite, precise, naïve, trusting and ultimately trapped, bewildered and betrayed. Throughout the film he is convincingly human and, although I'm not sure if this is really the person he was in reality it is still a very good performance. Cake's Campbell is typically gruff and aggressive but then I suppose this is actually a pretty fair representation of him from what we have seen. Larkin's Blair though is stupidly simplistic (strumming his guitar) though luckily he is only a bit player. Support is good though from Ryan, Alexander, Fielding and others.

Overall this is a really condemning film that deserves to be seen. Naturally it is biased but it is hard to quibble with the basic facts presented here – it is a tragic film that is depressing because we already know the outcome and the fact that Hutton basically "whitewashed" the Government of all blame and put it all on the BBC. For many of us, the whole War on Terror is a unstoppable force that respect neither law nor fact and basically will do as it wants – this film only confirms that and, in doing so, it is depressing and the fact that it focuses so well on the central, reluctant character of Kelly makes it depressing and tragic.

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