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Page Eight (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 6 November 2011
This is a re-release of the original title Page Eight (2011).

Director:

David Hare

Writer:

David Hare
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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 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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Storyline

Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is a long-serving MI5 officer. His boss and best friend Benedict Baron (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, PAGE EIGHT is a contemporary spy film for the BBC, which addresses intelligence issues and moral dilemmas peculiar to the new century. Written by David Hare

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Worricker Trilogy See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, and Ralph Fiennes had previously worked together on the award-winning political thriller The Constant Gardener (2005). 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: I had a feeling that if I asked a favour you were a sort of person who'd come through.
Nancy Pierpan: You trust me. Why on earth would you trust me?
Johnny Worricker: Because that's the job. Deciding who to trust. That's what the job is.
Johnny Worricker: Also, you told your father that I work for the Home Office.
Nancy Pierpan: I lied.
Johnny Worricker: Yeah.
Nancy Pierpan: You trust me because I lied.
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Connections

Followed by Salting the Battlefield (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Searingly Poignant Film
1 November 2011 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

David Hare both wrote and directed this stylish, intensely intelligent suspense film (his other films include work on The Hours, The Reader, Damage, Plenty, etc). Few films have been made that depend on smart dialogue and intense acting instead of explosions, car chases, and other improbable acts of danger to make their point. Aided by a top-notch British cast, Hare has created a thinking person's drama and it is refreshingly poignant.

A contemporary spy film created for BBC, the action is set in both London and Cambridge. Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy in one of his best roles to date) is an experienced MI5 officer whose boss and best friend Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) dies of a myocardial infarction: he leaves a secret file for his friend. Both men have been married to the same woman (Alice Krige) and Worricker has a grown child from his marriage, an artist Julianne Felicity Jones) who has never quite forgiven her father for leaving her mother for another woman. The file is so important that it is under surveillance by the British Intelligence (Judy Davis et al) and the Prime Minister's office (Ralph Fiennes). Worricker lives in a flat opposite a beautiful but aloof girl Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) whose brother has been murdered in the Middle East. It is the silence about Nancy's brother's death that is at the core of the file Worricker holds and with some help from Nancy he traces the truth to the point of being threatened by MI5 to be fired. The film addresses contemporary intelligence issues and techniques and the associated moral dilemmas we face today. To reveal more would be to rob the viewer of the complexity of the story.

The strong supporting cast includes Marthe Kellar in a small but pivotal role, along with Tom Hughes, Kate Burdette, Ewen Bremmer and others. This is a tense drama, exceptionally well written and acted and a welcome change from the current barrage of action flicks.

Grady Harp


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