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Synopsis

The true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NSA spy operation designed to push the UN Security Council into sanctioning the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Cast

  • Keira Knightley
  • Matt Smith
  • Matthew Goode
  • Rhys Ifans
  • Adam Bakri
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Conleth Hill
  • Indira Varma
  • John Heffernan
  • Monica Dolan

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Trivia

  • When originally announced in 2016, both director and main actors were different. The original director was Justin Chadwick. Natalie Dormer was supposed to play the main character, Katharine Gun. Paul Bettany was Martin Bright. Martin Freeman was a composite of Peter Beaumont (played by Matthew Goode in the actual movie) and Ed Vulliamy. Harrison Ford was supposed to appear as a veteran CIA agent, and also Anthony Hopkins as a retired general.
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Goofs

  • When Katharine enters the office at the office at 04:10 she places a pastry onto some sort of equipment. She then gives some to her colleague and puts it back on the equipment. From there it just vanishes and appears at 05:10.
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Quotes

    • [on TV]
    • Tony Blair: What we know, is that Saddam has this material.
    • Katharine Gun: You don't know that. I mean, he just keeps repeating the lie. Just because you're the Prime Minister, it doesn't mean you get to make up your own facts.
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Thought provoking and talked for hours after with friend who also saw it. Kiera Knightly and Matt Smith were great

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great. a must see.

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Metacritic

50
Aug 27, 2019

A capably rendered, urgently argued portrait in courage that never quite rises above curious-footnote status.

Metacritic review by Robert Abele
Robert Abele
TheWrap
80
Feb 1, 2019

Director Gavin Hood gives the proceedings a rousing electricity, and he’s aided by a cast which leans into the story’s urgency and continued relevance.

Tim Grierson
Screen Daily
70
Feb 1, 2019

Hood (Eye in the Sky), his co-screenwriters Sara and Gregory Bernstein and a seasoned ensemble of Brit stage and screen pros deliver a straightforward, solidly old-fashioned slice of real-life espionage, journalistic and legal intrigue that gets the job done in engrossing, clear-eyed fashion even if it lacks much in the way of stylistic verve.

Metacritic review by David Rooney
David Rooney
The Hollywood Reporter