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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.

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Larysa Kondracki
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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 Roxana Condurache ... Raya
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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Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Rachel Weisz essentially shadowed Kathryn Bolkovac to get to know her subject intimately. As the two share very few physical characteristics, Weisz concentrated on aping Bolkovac's mannerisms. See more »

Goofs

As Kathryn walks down the hallway of the Holiday Inn, a shot shows her view looking down the hall. A man is on her left walking toward her. The next shot shows Kathryn's front as she keeps walking down the hall. The man has passed her and his now on her right. 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

References Columbo (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Sleep
Written by Danny Greaves, Sammy Kohn, Peter Loewen and Joel Serlin
Performed by The Watchmen
Published by PeerMusic Canada Inc.
Courtesy of The Watchmen
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Difficult to watch but educational and worrisome. Can the UN be this bad?
14 August 2011 | by himeldaSee all my reviews

A true story of women trafficking while the United Nations and its peace keepers ignore the problem and even deny it. The movie is excellent at giving the viewer the sense that those in command do not care when women are trafficked, slaved and prostituted. It is a real story and it is portrayed with a realism that is captivating. You live the story minute by minute and you get involved in the traumatic experience of The Whistleblower, her desperation and sadness are very well portrayed. A must be seen....to understand the horrors of war and the capacity that commanders have to ignore the problems. Bosnia was not a place that attracted a lot of attention. Massive killings took place while the world looked else where. Perhaps because it has no oil, or because it is a Muslim country, the media ignored the war. And now we see how the media also ignored the reality of that war and the misbehavior of its commanders. Can something be done at this stage? Can we still learn lessons??


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Release Date:

27 October 2011 (Germany) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$61,002, 7 August 2011

Gross USA:

$1,124,966

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,870,392
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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