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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:
Keira Knightley ... Katharine Gun
Matthew Goode ... Peter Beaumont
Matt Smith ... Martin Bright
Ralph Fiennes ... Ben Emmerson
Conleth Hill ... Roger Alton
Indira Varma ... Shami Chakrabarti
Jeremy Northam ... Ken MacDonald
MyAnna Buring ... Jasmine
Rhys Ifans ... Ed Vulliamy
Katherine Kelly ... Jacqueline Jones
Tamsin Greig ... Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Hattie Morahan ... Yvonne Ridley
Jack Farthing ... Andy Dumfries
Shaun Dooley ... John
Clive Francis ... Rear Admiral Nick Wilkinson
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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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The Truth is Always the First Casualty of War See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

30 August 2019 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$64,965, 1 September 2019

Gross USA:

$1,988,546

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,676,168
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16 : 9
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Katharine enters the office at the office at 04:10 she places a pastry onto some sort of equipment. She then gives some to her colleague and puts it back on the equipment. From there it just vanishes and appears at 05:10. See more »

Quotes

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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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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