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A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

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The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? Written by DreamWorks Pictures

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You can't expose the world's secrets without exposing yourself. See more »


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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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18 October 2013 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,673,351 (USA) (18 October 2013)

Gross:

$3,254,172 (USA) (29 November 2013)
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The character "Ziggy" is based on the WikiLeaks Volunteer Sigurdur Thordarson that later turned out to be an FBI Informant. See more »

Goofs

In both Brussels airport and the Liège railway station, we hear a Dutch voice with a Hollandic accent (Dutch as spoken in The Netherlands) speaking through the PA. This doesn't make sense as in Liège the language would be French, and in the airport, Dutch announcements would be with a Belgian accent (Flemish). See more »

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Daniel Berg: Courage is contagious. Right?
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References Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) See more »

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The Fifth Estate is only one side of the story
19 September 2013 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

THE FIFTH ESTATE is based on two books, both written by people who had personal and legal disputes with WikiLeaks.

These are personally biased sources and are now outdated by three years. They tell only one side of the story.

These authors had an interest in portraying Julian Assange as dishonest or manipulative for competitive, personal and legal reasons.

It is hard to imagine how a film which aims to dramatize only their version of events could genuinely aspire to being fair or accurate.

The film does not tell the story Julian Assange or WikiLeaks staff such as Sarah Harrison, Joseph Farrell or Kristinn Hrafnsson would tell. Hopefully, soon, their story too can be told.


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