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The Fifth Estate (2013)

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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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Alan Rusbridger
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Holger Stark
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Marcel Rosenbach
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Bill Keller
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Ziggy
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Michael Kranz ...
Otto
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Game Console Hacker
Ben Rook ...
Young Julian
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Storyline

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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How Wiki Leaks uncovers the secrets of the World 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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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,714,000, 20 October 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,254,172, 1 December 2013
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Actors who starred in three iconic British TV shows of the early 2010s appear in this movie, Benedict Cumberbatch (_Sherlock_), Peter Capaldi (_Doctor Who_) and Dan Stevens (_Downton Abbey_), as well as an actress from an equally iconic HBO series, Carice van Houten (_Game of Thrones_). See more »

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In one of the shots, one of the hackers wearing a Beats Audio headset. The events supposed to be before 2003, and Beats Audio was founded in 2006. See more »

Quotes

Julian Assange: I have a son in Melbourne. He turns nineteen next week, I haven't seen him in a year. It takes two things to change the world, and you'd be surprised how many people have good ideas. But commitment, true commitment, that's the hard one. It requires sacrifice.
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References Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986) See more »

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Come Catch Me
Written by Emika
Performed by Emika
Courtesy of Ninja Tune
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A Turkey by any measure
14 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

Even to the way Assange ties his scarf this film is complete make-believe, and is probably best given a wide berth for those interested in what really happened regarding the leaked US embassy cables.

I've just watched Mediastan, which is a road movie recounting the distribution of the cables across central Asia and the obstacles encountered: geographical, political, security, and media. It's a riveting and at times amusing journey - and an education. For serious insights into how the global media world currently operates, I'd wholeheartedly recommend it.

So, honestly, forget The Fifth Estate, and the rest of the Hollywood hype; Mediastan is the real story of Cablegate and Operation Cable Run.


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