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Page Eight (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller | TV Movie 6 November 2011
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... See full summary »

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 ... 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

Saskia Reeves and Alice Krige have both played the Lady Jessica Atreides for television. Reeves portrayed her in the mini-series Dune (2000), though Krige had been the first choice. Krige played Lady Jessica in the mini-series Children of Dune (2003) when pregnancy prevented Reeves from reprising the role. See more »

Goofs

The airport departure board shows long-haul destinations with flight numbers for EasyJet and Ryanair. For instance, EZY215 is shown as a flight to Santiago, while in reality, it is a Stansted to Glasgow flight. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Worricker: The purpose of intelligence is to find the truth, not to confirm what we already believe. We're meant to look for what's there, not for what we want to be there.
Rollo Maverley: Come on, Johnny! Once they wanted communists, we gave them communists. Now they want Arabs, we give them Arabs. They decide what they're looking for, we find it for them.
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Connections

Edited into Masterpiece Contemporary: Page Eight (2011) 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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Powerful political thriller
8 October 2011 | by murray-morisonSee all my reviews

The cast is strong and the writing adept, and this carries a fascinating film dealing with the tensions between politics and intelligence gathering. David Hare clearly has been disturbed by how closely our (British) politicians may have become involved with 'extraordinary rendition' and intelligence gathered from the use of torture by the Americans.

Bill Nighy leads as a cerebral senior intelligence officer dealing with a world where fellow spies are not all Oxbridge, even if the Prime Minister is. His neighbour seems to appear from nowhere, and in the form of the lovely Rachel Weisz. Can she be trusted? And what of his one time tutor and now boss, played convincingly by Michael Gambon? The early scene where the spies meet the politicians, in the form of the Home Secretary (Saskia Reeves) and her assistant, is pure Hare theatre. A wonderful script delivered with panache.

The tension builds slowly but relentlessly. Maybe the grasp of the world of spies does not have Le Carre's inside track, but Hare gives us a film well worth watching.


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