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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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Budget:

$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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On 7 October 2013, The Guardian ran a piece by journalist Ian Katz about the experience of being played in this movie by Dan Stevens. He pointed out that colleagues of his who were much more involved with the WikiLeaks revelations did not feature in the film, but dryly wrote that it was flattering to be played by an "Aryan pin-up". See more »

Goofs

The Julian Assange interview at the Ecuadorian embassy has the Colombian flag in the background. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Shaw: Do you think the President of Turkmenistan will be more upset that I called him a practised liar or that I called him vain?
James Boswell: I don't think he's worried about the opinions of a mid-level foreign attaché.
Sarah Shaw: That's why I signed Hillary's name to it.
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Referenced in Film '72: Episode dated 5 November 2014 (2014) See more »

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Written by Emika
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The Fifth Estate is only one side of the story
19 September 2013 | by 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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