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Official Secrets
Keira Knightley and Matthew Goode




Overview -
British secret-service officer Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) risks her life to stop the 2003 invasion of Iraq by becoming a whistleblower. She decides to leak a top-secret memo outlining a plan between the U.S. and U.K. to blackmail smaller swing vote members of the United Nations Security Council into voting for war. Gun finds herself in over her head when the British government comes after her and her Muslim husband (Adam Bakri). Directed by Gavin Hood. Based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War" by Marcia Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell.

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Overview

British secret-service officer Katharine Gun (Keira Knightley) risks her life to stop the 2003 invasion of Iraq by becoming a whistleblower. She decides to leak a top-secret memo outlining a plan between the U.S. and U.K. to blackmail smaller swing vote members of the United Nations Security Council into voting for war. Gun finds herself in over her head when the British government comes after her and her Muslim husband (Adam Bakri). Directed by Gavin Hood. Based on the book "The Spy Who Tried to Stop a War" by Marcia Mitchell and Thomas Mitchell.

Main Cast & Crew

Gavin Hood - Director
Keira Knightley
Matthew Goode
Ralph Fiennes
Indira Varma
Conleth Hill
Matt Smith
Rhys Ifans
MyAnna Buring
Hattie Morahan
Tamsin Greig

 

Details

DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 112
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 032429332660
  • Genre: Drama
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (language)
  • Release Date: November 2019

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Movies > Action/Adventure

Related Keywords:
British
Thriller
Blackmail

 

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Reviews:
"[A] straightforward, solidly old-fashioned slice of real-life espionage, journalistic and legal intrigue that gets the job done in engrossing, clear-eyed fashion..." - 01/29/2019 Hollywood Reporter


"The crux of Gun’s struggle is that she risked everything to tell the truth, and the war happened anyway....OFFICIAL SECRETS is a footnote in a messy, futile, and foolish war, whose mistakes are still being revealed over a decade and a half later." - 01/29/2019 Variety


"Katherine Gun, the British whistleblower who uncovered U.S. efforts to dirty-trick the U.N. into approving the Iraq War, is an appealing figure whose findings should have been scandalous enough to unseat maybe two governments." - 08/30/2019 RogerEbert.com


"[Fiennes] delivers a fine moment of utter disgust at the government’s naked corruption in the film’s very last scene. Ending on that note feels right." - 08/27/2019 A.V. Club


3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here’s no doubting the continuing relevance of the topic on the table." - 08/28/2019 Rolling Stone


"[T]he movie’s faith in journalism is touching, conveyed by the likable actors playing its cynical-yet-noble rogues..." - 08/28/2019 New York Times


3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]he film’s honesty about the enormous personal costs of whistleblowing is a welcome relief from more romanticized heroics." - 09/04/2019 Washington Post


"[I]t's hard not to be moved by the singular passion of a woman who effectively dismantled her own life — not just to salve her conscience but to save, as she saw it, the soul of a nation." -- Grade: B - 08/28/2019 Entertainment Weekly


"It’s Knightley’s Gun you’ll remember and admire; steely, stirring but still recognisably human." - 10/14/2019 Empire

 

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