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Kill the Messenger (2014)

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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Gary Webb
... Ronald J. Quail
... Quail's Girlfriend
... L.A. Sheriff
... DEA Agent
... Bob
... Anna Simons
... Ian Webb
... Sue Webb
... Eric Webb
Parker Douglas ... Christine Webb
Kai Schmoll ... Sacramento Journalist
... Rich Kline (as Josh Close)
... Coral Baca
... Rafael Cornejo
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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras' rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series "Dark Alliance". As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life. Written by Milena Joy Morris

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Rated R for language and drug content | See all certifications »

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9 October 2014 (Hungary)  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$941,809, 10 October 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,450,846, 27 January 2015
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Gary Webb: The real Gary Webb) as himself, seen in archive footage at the end of the film. See more »

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There are new (large face) $100 bills in the crack-selling montage. See more »

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[first lines]
Richard Nixon: Public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive.
Gerald Ford: For nearly a year, I have been devoting increasing attention to a problem which strikes at the very heart of our national well-being: Drug abuse.
Jimmy Carter: I did not condone any drug abuse, and we'll do everything possible to reduce this serious threat to our society.
Ronald Reagan: Drugs are menacing our society. They're threatening our values and ...
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Crazy Credits

Just before the closing credits, there is a short video showing the real Gary Webb at home with his children. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.59 (2014) See more »

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Bring It On Home
Written by Tommy Girvin and Don Cromwell
Performed by Ransom
Courtesy of 474 Records and Music Supervisor Inc.
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Really liked the whole thing. A great drama.
14 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

It was a movie that made me think, as it involved a different angle to a subject that I knew something about.

The trailer suggest that the movie is about the true story of Gary Webb's article that suggest the CIA were evolved with drug dealing as a way to fund a war in the 1980's, but as the title of the movie described the people read the article and ran with their own conspiracies which lead to a CIA cover up that lead to Webb's downward spiral.

It is an Intriguing tell of a journalist trying to keep his integrity while forces were trying to ruin it to keep their own.

Jeremy Renner drove his acting vehicle well, not well enough in my opinion to win an Oscar or anything, but it proves that he can headline anything.

Definitely a good movie to sit through.


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