Journalist Fred Flarsky reunites with his childhood crush, Charlotte Field, now one of the most influential women in the world. As she prepares to make a run for the Presidency, Charlotte hires Fred as her speechwriter and sparks fly.
June Diane Raphael
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
At the end, the film's closing credits notes the real life Melita Norwood incident, that "inspired" it: at the end of the film, from the gaggle of reporters outside J. Dench ('Red Joan')'s home, she is asked 'How much money did you get?' and she answers, indignantly, nothing: this reflects that in real life, Norwood also stated: "I did what I did, not to make money, but to help prevent the defeat of a system which had at great cost given ordinary people food and fares which they could afford, a good education and a health service." [New York Times report 13.9.99.] At that time / the setting of the secret passing in post second world war close, the UK's newly elected Labour (Socialist) government under PM C. Atlee (shown and played in the film by Robin Soans), had introduced its first publicly (taxpayer) funded welfare state. See more »
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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