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Scandal (1989)

Based on the Profumo Scandal of 1963, an affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War shakes up the British government.

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Stephen Ward
... Christine Keeler (as Joanne Whalley-Kilmer)
... Mandy Rice-Davies
... John Profumo
... Lord Astor (Bill)
... Mariella Novotny
... Mervyn Griffith-Jones
... Johnnie Edgecombe
... Mrs. Keeler
... Detective Inspector
... Justice Marshall
... John, Detective Sgt.
... Eugene Ivanov (as Jeroen Krabbe)
... Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial
... Paul Mann
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An English bon-vivant osteopath is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him. He serves as friend and mentor, and through his contacts and parties she and her friend meet and date members of the Conservative Party. Eventually a scandal occurs when her affair with the Minister of War goes public, threatening their lifestyles and their freedom. Based on the real Profumo scandal of 1963. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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In 1960 Christine Keeler met Mandy Rice-Davies. Three years later they brought down the British Government See more »

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Drama | History

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Rated R for strong sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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28 April 1989 (USA)  »

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$8,800,000
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1.85 : 1
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It has been alleged that many UK actors and actresses turned down roles in the movie because the subject could have cost them knighthoods and other honors. However, Sir Ian McKellen was knighted in 1991, two years after the film was made. Leslie Phillips was given the Order of the British Empire in 1998, and made a Commander of the British Empire in 2008, while Sir John Hurt was knighted in 2015. See more »

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A title card says, "One Year Later, 1962," indicating that Profumo addressed Parliament about Keeler that year. Profumo addressed Parliament in March 1963. See more »

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Stephen Ward: All Russians are spies, it's how they're brought up.
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Featured in Film '72: Episode #46.3 (2017) See more »

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Witchcraft
by Frank Sinatra
Music by Cy Coleman (uncredited)
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh (uncredited)
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The Good & The Bad Of 'Scandal'
20 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

I didn't expect much out of this when I was saw it about 15 years ago, but it turned to be quite interesting. The only problem was it has too much a sleazy feel to it and an obvious political agenda, which is not unusual in films. The agenda is almost always one way.

There is a lot of nudity in here, lots of it mainly with Bridget Fonda who plays "Mandy Rice-Davies" and Joanne Whalley-Kilmer as "Christine Keeler." Whalley-Kilmer looked particularly beautiful.

John Hurt as "Stephen Ward" and Ian McKellen "John Profumo" are the males. The story is about Britain's "Profumo Affar," as it was labeled back then - a sex scandal involving English politicians in the early 1960s.

In what could be a dry account turns out to be a fascinating movie, well-acted and beautifully-photographed. I've seen it three times and the third was probably the last. By then, the titillation of the nudity had worn off and the bias of yet another Liberal agenda bashing conservatives (it's same all over in the world of film-making) got a bit annoying. That, and the fact that had no English subtitles on the DVD, was disappointing.


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