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Kill the Messenger (2014)

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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Quail's Girlfriend
L.A. Sheriff
DEA Agent
Eric Webb
Parker Douglas ...
Christine Webb
Kai Schmoll ...
Sacramento Journalist
Rich Kline (as Josh Close)
Rafael Cornejo


Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras' rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series "Dark Alliance". As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life. Written by Milena Joy Morris

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

9 October 2014 (Hungary)  »

Also Known As:

Secret d'état  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$941,809, 10 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,450,846, 27 January 2015
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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


When working on the newsroom sets inside the Georgia Archives, the filmmakers and actors were all too aware that the milieu which the crew had painstakingly re-created was a vanished one; the profession and work environments that Gary Webb staked his reputation on and in, pursuing his leads in person, changed drastically in the years just following his efforts. Screenwriter Peter Landesman commented: "Newspapers don't have the resources they used to; they can't afford to spend a year on a story any more, and we now get superficial layers of understanding what is happening - especially with our government." See more »


When Gary punches his car window in frustration of having his motorbike stolen, the family of 3 spectators on the pool deck assume a position of standing still, close together, and stare at Gary. When Gary yells, "What are you looking at?" they begin to walk away. About 5 seconds later they are back in their earlier pose/location. Even their arm positions are the same. See more »


[first lines]
Richard Nixon: Public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.
Gerald Ford: For nearly a year, I have been devoting increasing attention to a problem which strikes at the very heart of our national well-being: Drug abuse.
Jimmy Carter: I did not condone any drug abuse, and we'll do everything possible to reduce this serious threat to our society.
Ronald Reagan: Drugs are menacing our society. They're threatening our values and ...
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Crazy Credits

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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Written and Performed by Enzo Villaparedes
Courtesy of LMS Records
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Gripping and Important
13 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Kill the Messenger" is both a very gripping film and an important film. Even though I know what our government was up to in those days (as if things have changed), I could hardly breathe, anticipating what would come next in the movie. My only concern about the film is the speculation that those who are ignorant of what occurred in those days would grasp that the money from drug sales went to buy weapons (it was almost glossed over). The acting in this film is superb, with one exception (the person who played Coral Baca--way overdone and not convincing). Knowing that the film is based on true events gives it amazing heft. I think it's an unforgettable portrayal of how our government can go astray--it's history but also a warning for those of us who have been demoralized by the current state of politics and who tend to trust certain names in the media. The film should be required viewing by every member of Congress, by every high school student, by those who call themselves journalists.

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