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The Fifth Estate (2013)

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A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alan Rusbridger
... Nick Davies
... Holger Stark
... Marcel Rosenbach
... Bill Keller
... Ian Katz
... Daniel Berg
... Julian Assange
... Ziggy
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... Anke Domscheit
... Otto
Christin Nichols ... Otto's Girlfriend
Christoph Franken ... Game Console Hacker
Ben Rook ... Young Julian
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The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistle-blowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world's most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society-and what are the costs of exposing them? Written by DreamWorks Pictures

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How Wiki Leaks uncovers the secrets of the World See more »


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Rated R for language and some violence | See all certifications »

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18 October 2013 (USA)  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,714,000, 20 October 2013, Wide Release

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$3,254,172, 1 December 2013
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A drama biopic movie about an earlier part of Julian Assange's life is Underground: The Julian Assange Story (2012); covering the breach of MILNET, the events of the early 1990s, twenty years earlier. See more »

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After Julian and Daniel fight and finally split up there is a shot of the streets outside Daniel's apartment by night. Two cars drive past backwards, revealing the film has been played in reverse. See more »

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Julian Assange: [Typing] There must be faith in leadership in times of crisis.
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Referenced in Hillbrow (2014) See more »

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Performed by Suuns
Written by Ben Shemie, Max Henry, Joseph Yarmush and Liam O'Neill
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Not what I expected
29 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

As I was driving to the theater I was thinking about what my review might sound like based on just what I'd seen in the trailers, it sounded something like this "all journalist get into the business for the right reasons such as making the world a better place but it usually winds up being more about celebrity status after a while, this movie demonstrates the true initial journalistic urge"... well I was completely wrong and the movie did just the opposite of confirming my suspicions.

The movie starts out by convincing you of the genius and passion of Julian Assange where you feel compelled to see him as a champion for justice but about half way through you start to see him as a real A**hole (this is as the movie portrays him, not my personal view), as it proceeds his character gets worse... almost villainous (not that he surrounded by angels; mind you).

I think it worth a look especially if you were not aware of the WikiLeaks phenomena as it was occurring, I for one found much of it informative and I believe it will raise some awareness about censorship in the media and the plight of genius (if not bordering on madness but isn't that always the way?).


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