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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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Ronald J. Quail
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Quail's Girlfriend
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L.A. Sheriff
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DEA Agent
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Bob
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Ian Webb
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Eric Webb
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Christine Webb
Kai Schmoll ...
Sacramento Journalist
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Rich Kline (as Josh Close)
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Coral Baca
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Rafael Cornejo
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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 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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Can you keep a national secret?


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

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9 October 2014 (Hungary)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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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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First movie trailer released on May 29, 2014. See more »

Goofs

When Garry calls Coral for the first time, he alternates holding the telephone receiver with his left hand, right hand, or against his shoulder. There are multiple instances during the conversation where two hands are visible on the table, as he is taking notes, followed by quick cuts to him holding the phone with his hand with insufficient time to have raised it up from the table. See more »

Quotes

Ian Webb: [crying to his father] God, I'm so disappointed in you.
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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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Know Your Rights
Written by Topper Headon, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Joe Strummer
Performed by The Clash
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited and Epic Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Really liked the whole thing. A great drama.
14 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

It was a movie that made me think, as it involved a different angle to a subject that I knew something about.

The trailer suggest that the movie is about the true story of Gary Webb's article that suggest the CIA were evolved with drug dealing as a way to fund a war in the 1980's, but as the title of the movie described the people read the article and ran with their own conspiracies which lead to a CIA cover up that lead to Webb's downward spiral.

It is an Intriguing tell of a journalist trying to keep his integrity while forces were trying to ruin it to keep their own.

Jeremy Renner drove his acting vehicle well, not well enough in my opinion to win an Oscar or anything, but it proves that he can headline anything.

Definitely a good movie to sit through.


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