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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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Trivia

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: I was fighting for the living, I loved my country!
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Surprised that it is rated 12A.
24 April 2019 | by bouquinSee all my reviews

As a parent, I was surprised that this film was rated 12A. I made the mistake not to read carefully the reasons for it being rated 12A. I now realise that you need to read these reasons on IMDb.com or bbfc.co.uk. As the film started it stated after the rating: Moderate sex, suicide references. That made me uneasy as I had a child with me. I had not expected that. In my opinion, a rating of 15 is more appropriate as 12 or 12A encourages bringing these younger age groups. There are a number of scenes showing people in bed. Then there is a scene showing a suicide, and in my opinion, this scene is not accurately described as having suicide references. There is a close up, and it is clear what it is.

The film itself was interesting as an historical film, and Judi Dench does a great job. I didn't find the flashbacks confusing.

Hope this is helpful for parents.


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