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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.

Director:

Trevor Nunn

Writers:

Lindsay Shapero (screenplay), Jennie Rooney (novel)

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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To Change the World, She Betrayed Her Country See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Both Sophie Cookson and Ben Miles have starring roles and a very different relationship in The Trial of Christine Keeler. Sophie Cookson plays the part of Christine Keeler, and Ben Miles plays John Profumo. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sonya: Nobody would suspect us. We're women.
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Connections

Features Battleship Potemkin (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

Prelude to a Film
Written and Performed by C. King Palmer (as Cedric King Palmer)
Courtesy of KPM Music
Published by EMI Production Music
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Underrated
1 February 2020 | by phil_johnson-28736See all my reviews

Critics blast this film as a missed opportunity. I heartily disagree, spy films do not all have to be fast paced intrigue. This film is a slow burn and thoughtful character study on the motivations of a woman in extraordinary positions.


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Official Sites:

Embankment Films

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Joan See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$38,949, 21 April 2019

Gross USA:

$1,579,730

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,647,493
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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