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The Whistleblower (2010)

R  |   |  Action, Biography, Crime  |  27 October 2011 (Germany)
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A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex scandal.


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Inspired by true events, Kathy (Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. Written by Production

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Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.

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Rated R for disturbing violent content including a brutal sexual assault, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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27 October 2011 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

La verdad oculta  »

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Opening Weekend:

$61,002 (USA) (5 August 2011)


$1,120,914 (USA) (21 October 2011)

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Rachel Weisz essentially shadowed Kathryn Bolkovac to get to know her subject intimately. As the two share very few physical characteristics, Weisz concentrated on aping Bolkovac's mannerisms. See more »


When Kathryn is asked to return her ID at the HQ, her right-side shirt collar is unfolded. When she is escorted, the collar is folded again, and in the next shot it is the left-side collar that is unfolded. See more »


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Luba: No. You are staying with me tonight. Roman wants us there at nine in the morning. Raya, we've been over this. It's just a few months working in a hotel.
Raya: Yes, but...
Luba: You want to work at a Copyshack like your mother? He said it was both of us or nothing!
Raya: ...No.
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A story that so desperately NEEDS TELLING!
23 October 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you only watch one movie this month - this should be the one. Its not perfect in terms of putting a movie together but the glitches are very few. More important is the message and if you are not shocked and deeply troubled about our society after watching it I would be surprised! Human trafficking is something most of us all to readily assume is some minor issue that doesn't happen to those around us or is perpetrated by the supposedly small percentage of 'bad guys' around us. But men typically have a very different mindset about rape to how women view and feel about it - and I personally felt this depiction of the realities of the world we actually live in both horrifying and sadly sickening thanks to a virtually global scale of indifference and lip service! The lack of action on the part of the American bureaucratic system after what was happening was exposed (along with the European governments et al as well) to clean up the contractors and the representatives sent to these destabilised regions, all to well underlines the real attitude to dealing with this epidemic of trafficking, systematic rape and torture. Trafficking is certainly alive and well thanks to that attitude and indifference to deal with this issue (largely by men). The fact that she was unable to obtain work anywhere after this expose all to readily underlines the lack of interest in the private contractors to cleaning up their own operations... Deeply Sickening and Saddening!

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