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Red Joan (2018)

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The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the K.G.B.'s longest-serving British spy.


Trevor Nunn


Lindsay Shapero (screenplay), Jennie Rooney (novel)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Joan
Nina Sosanya ... Ms Hart
Laurence Spellman ... Mr. Adams
Nicola Sloane ... Joan's Neighbour
Sophie Cookson ... Young Joan
Tereza Srbova ... Sonya
Freddie Gaminara ... William
Raj Swamy Raj Swamy ... Kharak
Tom Hughes ... Leo
Adrian Wheeler ... Heckler
Ben Miles ... Nick
Lulu Meissner ... Waitress
Phill Langhorne ... Uniformed Policeman
Mike Sykes Mike Sykes ... Security Guard
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Max


English-born Joan Stanley (Dame Judi Dench), a Soviet and Communist Party sympathizer, becomes employed as a British government civil servant, and gets recruited by the K.G.B. in the mid 1930s. She successfully transfers nuclear bomb secrets to Soviet Russia, which enables them to keep up with the west in the development of atomic weapons, and remains undetected as a spy for over a half a century. Written by Unknownian

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


This movie was very loosely based on Melita Norwood (the real Red Joan) who actually worked as a spy for the Soviet Union for nearly four decades. In fact, Melita Norwood was the Soviet Union's longest-serving British spy. As a long time member of the Communist party and a secretary for the Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association in London that was actually part of a secret nuclear weapons research project with the U.S. called "Tube Alloy," Norwood copied stolen nuclear secrets from her bosses office for Moscow. Unlike what the movie seems to allude to, she was actually a spy from World War II through the Cold War, retiring in the early 1970s, and in 1979 she traveled to Moscow to receive the Order of the Red Banner honorary award by the Soviet Union. See more »


At around 06:00, the young Joan Stanley is seen wearing dark welding goggles whilst soldering in her Earth Sciences class at Cambridge University. Soldering, unlike welding, produces no damaging light emissions. See more »


Joan Stanley: I was fighting for the living, I loved my country!
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Features Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »


Sweet Serenade
Written and Performed by Geoffrey Peter Gascoyne
Courtesy of KPM Music
Published by EMI Production Music
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Slumbering premise keeps promissing story average

This could have easily be a big + spy story. One of those stories that survive the times because the writers dig behind the veils of historic facts, and make essential values of human existance see the light of day. That value here is that one human can break through the simplicfied truths of time-bound consciousness, the illusions of wrong and right, dares to think his own moral mind and make a decision that serves humanity on a deeper level of evolution. It shows as a premise that is strongly tied to the story but not convincingly develloped.

What is left is a skilled and entertaining movie, not a timeless one.

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Official Sites:

Embankment Films





Release Date:

19 April 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Joan See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,949, 21 April 2019

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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