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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
Nina Sosanya ... Ms. Hart
Laurence Spellman ... Patrick Adams
Nicola Sloane ... Joan's neighbour
Sophie Cookson ... Young Joan
Tereza Srbova ... Sonya Galich
Freddie Gaminara ... William Mitchell
Raj Swamy Raj Swamy ... Kharak
Tom Hughes ... Leo Galich
Adrian Wheeler ... Heckler
Ben Miles ... Nick
Lulu Meissner ... Waitress
Phill Langhorne ... Uniformed officer
Mike Sykes Mike Sykes ... Security guard
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Max Davis
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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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To Change the World, She Betrayed Her Country See more »


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

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Details

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:

$10,172,879
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Production Co:

Trademark Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Joan Stanley: I was fighting for the living, I loved my country!
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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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