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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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Cast

Credited cast:
Indira Varma ... Shami Chakrabarti
Keira Knightley ... Katharine Gun
Matthew Goode ... Peter Beaumont
Ralph Fiennes ... Ben Emmerson
MyAnna Buring ... Jasmine
Matt Smith ... Martin Bright
Rhys Ifans ... Ed Vulliamy
Tamsin Greig ... Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Jack Farthing ... Andy Dumfries
Katherine Kelly ... Jacqueline Jones
Conleth Hill ... Roger Alton
Hattie Morahan ... Yvonne Ridley
Shaun Dooley ... John
Monica Dolan ... Fiona Bygate
Kenneth Cranham ... Judge Hyam
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Segredos Oficiais See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$64,965, 1 September 2019

Gross USA:

$395,511

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$465,984
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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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Tony Blair: [on TV] What we know, is that Saddam has this material.
Katharine Gun: You don't know that. I mean, he just keeps repeating the lie. Just because you're the Prime Minister, it doesn't mean you get to make up your own facts.
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Brilliant screenplay, superb acting!
25 June 2019 | by jhwaldoSee all my reviews

The screenwriting magic of the incredibly talented husband and wife team of Bernstein and Bernstein bring this true story filled with spies, treason, love and war to the big screen. Though a true story and the ending is known, this film has the viewer balanced on the edge of their seat with suspense. Kiera Knightly's best performance to date and Ralph Fiennes is brilliant as her lawyer. Every performance is excellent in this must see film when it premieres in August 2019. (Viewed at the Nantucket Film Festival June 2019)


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