Official Secrets

The Truth is Always the First Casualty of War.


Official Secrets
South African director Gavin Hood directs the true story of British Intelligence whistle-blower Katharine Gun who, during the immediate run-up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, leaked a top secret NSA memo exposing a joint US-UK illegal spying operation against members of the UN Security Council. The memo proposed blackmailing smaller, undecided member states into voting for war. At great personal and professional risk, journalist Martin Bright published the leaked document in The Observer newspaper in London, and the story made headlines around the world. Members of the Security Council were outraged and any chance of a UN resolution in favour of war collapsed. But within days, Bush declared he no longer needed UN backing and invaded anyway. As Iraq descended into chaos, Katharine was arrested and charged with breaching the Official Secrets Act. Martin faced potential charges too. Their legal battles exposed the highest levels of government in both London and Washington with having manipulated intelligence in order to sell an illegal war.

112 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Language).
Biographical, Drama, Romance, Thriller, War, On the art circuit

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Credits

Cast
Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Ralph Fiennes, Matt Smith, MyAnna Buring, Conleth Hill, Indira Varma, Rhys Ifans
Director
Gavin Hood
ScreenplayGregory Bernstein, Sara Bernstein, Gavin Hood, from the book by Marcia Mitchell, Thomas Mitchell
MusicPaul Hepker, Mark Kilian
CinematographyFlorian Hoffmeister
EditingMegan Gill
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2019
Produced byClassified Films, Clear Pictures Entertainment, GS Media, The Gordon Company, Screen Yorkshire

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama, thriller
LanguageMild and infrequent language used in anger and frustration. Language is not used directly to insult or derogatory. (sic - possibly comment from different film. Compare UK/USA below. - Ed.)
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceMild to moderate impact and infrequent. Isolated cases of physical fighting. There is no bloodletting. (sic - possibly comment from different film - Ed.)
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
Comments
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USA MPAA rating

R: RestrictedRated R for language
Runtime112
USA version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

British Board of Film Classification rating

15: Suitable for 15 years and olderVery strong language
Runtime112
British version is usually but not always the same as South African release. Versions released on streaming or DVD, Blu-ray or Video may also differ.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
3
Violence
2
Blood / Gore / Gross
2
Guns / Weapons
3
Profanity
5
Alcohol / Drugs
2
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
3
Music (Scary/Tense)
3
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3

CommonSenseMedia Report (USA)

Suggested age limit
15 +
Positive messages
3
Positive role models
3
Violence
2
Sex
2
Language
4
Consumerism
0
Drinking, drugs, smoking
0

Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Metacritic.com
28 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
143 critics
14
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconOfficial Secrets has a familiar structure and an obvious if worthy message, but rises on the strength of Keira Knightley’s powerful performance.
17
Movie Review Query Engine
MRQE critics quote icon
14
CommonSenseMedia
Jeffrey M. Anderson quote iconTrue whistleblower story is flawed but effective; swearing.
10
ScreenIt
Jim Judy quote iconAs a result, and while not blown away due to some of the overall superficiality, I found Knightley’s character’s dilemma the driving force of what makes Official Secrets worth seeing.
12

What the People say

Metacritic.com users
15 users
15
Rottentomatoes users
354 users
17
Rottentomatoes popcornmeter
Popcornmeter
18
IMDB
6345 Netizens
15
The Movie DB
Community
15

Average .. 73%

15

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