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Page Eight (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 6 November 2011
Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the... See full summary »

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Ralph Wilson
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Muna Hammami
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Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny's striking next-door neighbor and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job, and then out of his identity to find out the truth. Set in London and Cambridge, PAGE EIGHT is a contemporary spy film for the BBC, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century. Written by David Hare

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TV ratings: On its British premiere on television on BBC2, on August 28th 2011, it managed an impressive 3.56m (15.7%) of audience between 9pm and 10.45pm. See more »

Goofs

In one scene we witness a lock being manipulated by a pick set, ostensibly to gain entry to a property. However, the pick and lever are only momentarily wiggled around in the lock before the door gives way. Many productions make the same mistake, the pick only bypasses the pins in the lock, however the cylinder still needs to be rotated as it would be with a key in order to actuate the lock. See more »

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Nancy Pierpan: When you don't know the truth everything freezes and you can't move on.
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Features The Seven Lively Arts: The Sound of Jazz (1957) See more »

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Fine and Mellow
written by Billie Holiday
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
Performance of Billie Holiday used with permission as presented
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Excellent spy drama in a post 9-11 world
17 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

Hard on the heels of a complete dud ('Glorious 39'), Bill Nighe stars in a worthy, modern successor of John le Carre's seventies cold war dramas.

If you prefer action, noise and explosions, you won't like this film. If you prefer drama to confirm your own political convictions, you won't necessarily like this film. If you prefer complex plots that make you sit on the edge of your seat, good acting and atmosphere, you will probably like this film.

The script is sharp, believable and occasionally witty, even if not all the threads are followed to their logical conclusion. Michael Gambon is a cryptic spy master with sense of irony that seems to borrow from his stage successes in Pinter and Beckett. Bill Nighe plays his character with a varying mixture of quick-wittedness, weariness and vulnerability. What little music there is matches his character's personality perfectly. The cinematography is gray and unexciting but very appropriate for the plot. The ending both satisfies and leaves one want for more.

Bring on the sequel!


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