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Kill the Messenger (2014)

R  |   |  Biography, Crime, Drama  |  9 October 2014 (Hungary)
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A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine ... See full summary »

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Ronald J. Quail
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L.A. Sheriff
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Ian Webb
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Eric Webb (as Matthew Lintz)
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Rich Kline (as Josh Close)
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Coral Baca
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A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. Written by IMDb editor

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Can you keep a national secret?


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Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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$941,809 (USA) (10 October 2014)

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$2,445,646 (USA) (5 December 2014)
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Various members of the cast and crew have admitted to receiving government-level "push back" to the film, both during filming and in post-production. See more »

Goofs

The first time Gary visits Nicaragua there is a shot of one of the streets, there you can see the logo of the telecommunications company Claro, which did not exist until 2003 and didn't arrive to Nicaragua until 2006. See more »

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Fred Weil: Some stories are just too true to tell.
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Just before the closing credits, there is a short video showing the real Gary Webb at home with his children. See more »


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Well done keeps the can of worms open
18 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a true story about a San Jose Mercury News journalist who wrote articles about the CIA and cocaine being brought into California in order to fund contras in Nicaragua. Good to see the journalist's difficulties in exposing big issues. In the light of all the whistle blowing of recent days it's interesting to see the earlier cases that didn't have the media explosion of today.

It's told in a matter of fact way. There is a familiar cast who don't have too big personalities so they are believable. Jeremy Renner suits the role well your typical everyman against the establishment. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is good too - not to glamorous but watchable.

After watching this movie it makes one want to read up further into all sides of the story like did the Washington Post attack the journalist rather than further investigate the issue and how much of the CIA's involvement is fact vs fiction.


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