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One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.


  • Rosamund Pike
  • Greg Wise
  • Alexandra Moen
  • Tom Hollander
  • Faye Marsay
  • Jesuthasan Antonythasan
  • Raman Srinivasan
  • Natasha Jayetileke
  • Nikki Amuka-Bird
  • Amanda Drew

Did You Know?


  • Taron Egerton was originally cast but ended up dropping out. Jamie Dornan replaced him.
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  • Colvin's smoking sometimes does not sync - holding, inhales, exhales.
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    • Newspaper Editor: Why is it important, do you think, to see this images? Why is it important for you to be there? Right now you may be one of the only Western journalists in Homs. Our team has just left.
    • Marie Colvin: For an audience for which any conflict is very far away, this is the reality. There are 28,000 civilians, men, women and children, a city of the cold and hungry, starving, defenseless. There are no telephones. The electricity has been cut off. Families are sharing what they have with relatives and neighbors. I have sat with literally hundreds of women with infant children who are trapped in these cold, brutal conditions, unable to feed their children anything other than sugar and water for weeks on end. That little boy was one of the two children who died today. It's what happens every day. The Syrian regime is claiming that they're not hitting civilians, that they're just going after terrorist gangs. But every civilian house has been hit. The top floor of the building I'm in has been totally destroyed. There are no military targets here. It is a complete and utter lie.
    • Newspaper Editor: Well, thank you for using the word " lie ". I think a lot of people wanna thank you, because it's a word we don't often hear, it's not often used, but it is the truth in this case. The Syrian regime, their representatives, have continually lied. They've lied on this program to us directly. Marie, I mean, you have covered a lot of conflicts over a long time. How does this compare?
    • Marie Colvin: This is the worst conflict I've ever seen. It's the worst because it was a peaceful uprising that was crushed by violence. President Assad is sitting in his palace in Damascus in panic, the entire security apparatus his father built crumbling around him, and he is responding in the only way he's been taught how. When he was a child, he watched his father crush oppositions by shelling the city of Hama into ruins and killing 10,000 innocent civilians. He watched, as we're watching, a dictator killing with impunity. And the words on everybody's lips here are, " Why have we been abandoned? ". " Why? ". I don't know why.
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Verified Review

Certainly not a bad flick, this was basically the story of a SJW journalist on journey toward self-destruction. And I found I just didn't care - even though I'm a Rosamund Pike fan

Warren C
Verified Review

Makes you want to do something to stop senseless wars.

Leslie S


Nov 1, 2018

Directed by documentarian Matthew Heineman, no stranger to war-torn lands himself, A Private War casts a bracingly intimate gaze, and yet sometimes has the tinny, expositional clank of based-on-a-true-story cinema.

Richard Lawson
Vanity Fair
Sep 15, 2018

Nimbly edited and directed with brio, this portrait of the legendary Sunday Times war correspondent Marie Colvin represents a sure-footed leap for director Matthew Heineman from documentary to factually-based drama.

Metacritic review by Wendy Ide
Wendy Ide
Screen International
Sep 15, 2018

Honoring the journalist's sense of mission but never shying away from the hard living and psychological damage that went with it, A Private War relies on the believability of star Rosamund Pike, who commits to this take on the character even when Heineman risks pushing off-the-battlefield drama too far.

Metacritic review by John DeFore
John DeFore
The Hollywood Reporter