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Official Secrets (2019)

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The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

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Gavin Hood

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Gregory Bernstein (screenplay), Sara Bernstein (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Keira Knightley ... Katharine Gun
Matthew Goode ... Peter Beaumont
Katherine Kelly ... Jacqueline Jones
Ralph Fiennes ... Ben Emmerson
Indira Varma ... Shami Chakrabarti
Matt Smith ... Martin Bright
Rhys Ifans ... Ed Vulliamy
MyAnna Buring ... Jasmine
Kenneth Cranham ... Judge Hyam
Jack Farthing ... Andy Dumfries
Tamsin Greig ... Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Hattie Morahan ... Yvonne Ridley
Jeremy Northam ... Ken MacDonald
Conleth Hill ... Roger Alton
Hanako Footman ... Nicole Mowbray
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A morality tale for the 21st century, Official Secrets tells the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun who, during the immediate run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, leaked a top secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war. At great personal and professional risk, journalist Martin Bright published the leaked document in The Observer newspaper in London, and the story made headlines around the world. Members of the Security Council were outraged and any chance of a UN resolution in favour of war collapsed. But within days, Bush declared he no longer needed UN backing and invaded anyway. As Iraq descended into chaos, Katharine was arrested and charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act. Martin faced potential charges too. Their legal battles exposed the highest levels of government in both London and Washington ...

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Release Date:

30 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$64,965, 1 September 2019

Gross USA:

$1,882,911

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,292,424
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Indira Varma and Conleth Hill have previously starred together in the hit-show Game of Thrones (2011). Also, Game of Thrones (2011) star Natalie Dormer was previously cast as the lead before Keira Knightley. See more »

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GCHQ Woman: Someone in this building has betrayed their country. If you are found to have withheld information, you will be charged with a breach of the Official Secrets Act.
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Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 11 October 2019 (2019) See more »

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A Dangerous Truth
21 September 2019 | by ThomasDrufkeSee all my reviews

It's sometimes difficult for films that deal with heavy dialogue covering subjects that are not always the easiest to translate on screen to create thrilling 100 minutes or so. Official Secrets does it well, bolstered by yet another great (period piece) performance from Keira Knightley. This film may not be revered as much as All the President's Men or Spotlight but it's up there for me. Separating itself by showing the true costs of being a whistleblower emotionally and physically while still succeeding in using a similar formula structurally. I was nothing short of enthralled with Official Secrets.

8.8/10


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