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The Whistleblower (2010)

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A drama based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a Nebraska cop who served as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia and outed the U.N. for covering up a sex trafficking scandal.

Director:

Larysa Kondracki
8 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Weisz ... Kathryn Bolkovac
Vanessa Redgrave ... Madeleine Rees
Monica Bellucci ... Laura Leviani
David Strathairn ... Peter Ward
Nikolaj Lie Kaas ... Jan Van Der Velde
Roxana Condurache ... Raya
Paula Schramm Paula Schramm ... Luba
Alexandru Potocean ... Viko
William Hope ... Blakely
Rayisa Kondracki ... Irka
Jeanette Hain ... Halyna
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Nick Kaufman
David Hewlett ... Fred Murray
Coca Bloos Coca Bloos ... Milena
Luke Treadaway ... Jim Higgins
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Storyline

Inspired by true events, Kathy (Rachel Weisz) is an American police officer who takes a job working as a peacekeeper in post-war Bosnia. Her expectations of helping to rebuild a devastated country are dashed when she uncovers a dangerous reality of corruption, cover-up and intrigue amid a world of private contractors and multinational diplomatic doubletalk. Written by Production

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Nothing is more dangerous than the truth.


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Rated R for disturbing violent content including a brutal sexual assault, graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Canada | Germany

Language:

English | Romanian | Russian | Serbian

Release Date:

27 October 2011 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La verdad oculta See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,002, 7 August 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,120,914, 23 October 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bolkovac's case was actually the second against DynCorp (Democra in the movie) alleging misbehavior in Bosnia. Air mechanic Ben Johnston has also sued the company, alleging he was sacked because he had uncovered evidence that DynCorp employees were involved in 'sexual slavery' and selling arms. See more »

Goofs

When Kathryn is asked to return her ID at the HQ, her right-side shirt collar is unfolded. When she is escorted, the collar is folded again, and in the next shot it is the left-side collar that is unfolded. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Raya: [in Ukrainian] I have to get home. Mama's gonna kill me.
Luba: No. You are staying with me tonight. Roman wants us there at nine in the morning. Raya, we've been over this. It's just a few months working in a hotel.
Raya: Yes, but...
Luba: You want to work at a Copyshack like your mother? He said it was both of us or nothing!
Raya: ...No.
[walks away]
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Connections

Featured in Maltin on Movies: Man on a Ledge (2012) See more »

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The South
Written by Danny Greaves, Sammy Kohn, Joel Serlin and Ken Tizzard
Performed by The Watchmen
Published by PeerMusic Canada Inc.
Courtesy of The Watchmen
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Surely a 2nd Oscar for Rachel Weisz
13 August 2011 | by JimmyCollinsSee all my reviews

So i sat down this evening at a special screening of The Whistleblower, id seen the trailer and was certainly intrigued as i think Rachel Weisz is an extremely fine actress, and it reminded me of a similar Australian film i saw a few years earlier called 'The Jammed'. I was absolutely floored by this film, so many times i was literally holding back my anger and my urge to yell at the screen.

The story is a story that has been told somewhat before but none have had Rachel Weisz, she is the pure driving force of this movie, picturing someone else in this role is near impossible. The supporting cast are also stellar, I particularly enjoyed David Strathairn's character, one good guy in the midst of all these corrupt male cops, and the actress who played Raya gave a heartbreaking portrayal of a trapped woman.

The fact that sex trafficking is still a major problem in the world is horrifying, i hope this movie eventually gets a full release in Australia as i think its a film a lot of people should see as sex trafficking is a major problem here.

Be prepared to hold back your rage and frustration....

Come Oscar time i hope Weisz gets the recognition she so rightly deserves.

In one word : Flawless


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