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Red Joan (2018)

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

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Trevor Nunn

Writers:

Lindsay Shapero (screenplay), Jennie Rooney (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Joan Stanley
Sophie Cookson ... Young Joan
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Max Davis
Tom Hughes ... Leo Galich
Freddie Gaminara ... William Mitchell
Laurence Spellman ... Patrick Adams
Tereza Srbova ... Sonya Galich
Ben Miles ... Nick
Robin Soans ... Clement Attlee
Kevin Fuller ... Detective Philips
Stephen Boxer ... Peter Kierl
Simon Ludders ... Ship's Captain
Steven Hillman ... Prison Guard
Ciarán Owens ... Detective Hughes
Phill Langhorne ... Uniformed Officer
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Storyline

English born Joan Stanley, a Soviet and communist party sympathizer, becomes employed as a British government civil servant, and gets recruited by the KGB in the mid 1930s. She successfully transfers nuclear bomb secrets to the Soviet Union (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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Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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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

Gross USA:

$1,556,356, 13 June 2019
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Trademark Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Judy Dench was recently noted for playing 007's boss, "M", in the James Bond franchise ; when her role was to detect the type of character, that she plays in this film. See more »

Quotes

Joan Stanley: Use your heart instead of your head.
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Very interesting and a good film but let down a bit by modern parts
26 April 2019 | by coombsstephenSee all my reviews

Based on a true story and a very interesting one at that. It is certainly surprising the way that a long dark past can suddenly come back to haunt an old lady, never judge a book by its cover.

The parts set way in the past were really interesting and certainly made the film. They were fascinating and very well portrayed.

Sadly I found the bits set in the modern times totally over dramatic, obvious and not well acted apart from Dame Judi Dench, to be honest it seemed they were only there to put her in the film to publicise it. A shame as it was a good film without those bits.


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