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Page Eight (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 6 November 2011
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Johnny works for MI5. His neighbor Nancy approaches him. When his best friend and boss suddenly dies, Johnny's left to sort out things about the PM, MI5 and US.

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David Hare

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David Hare
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Nighy ... Johnny Worricker
Rachel Weisz ... Nancy Pierpan
Tom Hughes ... Ralph Wilson
Michael Gambon ... Benedict Baron
Judy Davis ... Jill Tankard
Rakhee Thakrar ... Muna Hammami
Saskia Reeves ... Anthea Catcheside
Ewen Bremner ... Rollo Maverley
Felicity Jones ... Julianne Worricker
Richard Lintern ... Max Vallance
Holly Aird ... Anna Hervé
Andrew Cleaver Andrew Cleaver ... Brian Lord
Kate Burdette ... Allegra Betts
Ralph Fiennes ... Alec Beasley
Alice Krige ... Emma Baron
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Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Sir Michael Gambon) dies suddenly, leaving behind him an inexplicable file, threatening the stability of the organization. Meanwhile, a seemingly chance encounter with Johnny's striking next-door neighbor and political activist Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) seems too good to be true. Johnny is forced to walk out of his job, and then out of his identity to find out the truth. Set in London and Cambridge, this is a contemporary spy movie for the BBC, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas particular to the new century. Written by David Hare

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Bill Nighy and Tom Hughes appeared in About Time (2013). See more »

Goofs

As Johnny Worricker is driving through Westminster at night he is listening to the Shipping Forecast which is broadcast at 00:48 and 05:20. The time on the Clock Tower (Big Ben) shows 01:53. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Worricker: This is a small painting you might like. It's by the same artist but not as good.
Nancy Pierpan: I couldn't possibly take it.
Johnny Worricker: You can take it. You're going to live a long time and be an old woman and this way you'll always have something decent on your wall.
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References The X Factor: Celebrity (2004) See more »

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Fine and Mellow
written by Billie Holiday
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp
Performance of Billie Holiday used with permission as presented
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An all-round enjoyable watch
29 August 2011 | by andrewl-williamsonSee all my reviews

I'll assume you've read the plot summary, so I won't labour on explaining that. In a nutshell, Bill Nighy is playing an MI5 agent who's responsibility it is to uncover the deceit allegedly led by the British Prime Minister (Ralph Fiennes).

It opens with the quirky, upbeat jazz music and feels a bit 'Alfie-ish' as Nighy struts down the streets of London to his flat, and then we finally settle down into the story. The story is, and I hate to say it, a little thin around the edges and could do with a little more 'oomph' to get it those final couple of stars. If your expecting to see Nighy as the ass-kicking, hard-nut veteran version of James Bond then I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. This is about plot and character, not flamboyant action sequences. Speaking of character, there is plenty of that in this film; from Nighy himself to Ralph Fiennes and Michael Gambon- there are stars a plenty to keep the film alive, the acting is brilliantly good and there's a scene between Nighy and Fiennes which I particularly enjoyed, just simple dialogue between two great actors.

Yes it does feel a bit BBCish, but at the end of the day it is a BBC film so I can't really complain! So if you have an hour and 40 minutes to fill, I strongly recommend this film- it's mysterious (yet it probably could have been more so), fun (there are a handful of good laugh-provoking lines thrown in there), engaging and an all-round enjoyable watch. Enjoy.


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6 November 2011 (USA) See more »

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The Worricker Trilogy See more »

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