Official Secrets


Official Secrets (2019)



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The true story of British Intelligence whistleblower Katharine Gun, who prior 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 member states into voting for war.


Keira Knightley
as Katharine Gun
Ralph Fiennes
as Ben Emmerson
Matthew Goode
as Peter Beaumont
Matt Smith
as Martin Bright
Indira Varma
as Shami Chakrabarti
Rhys Ifans
as Ed Vulliamy
Conleth Hill
as Roger Alton
Tamsin Greig
as Elizabeth Wilmshurst
Hattie Morahan
as Yvonne Ridley
Jack Farthing
as Andy Dumfries
Monica Dolan
as Fiona Bygate
John Hefferman
as James Welch
Kenneth Cranham
as Judge Hyam
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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Too much of Official Secrets plays out like a history class.

Feb 5, 2019 | Full Review…

A dry and honorable retelling of events that exists mostly to remind us who she was, and why any potential whistleblowers out there should honor her example.

Feb 4, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The film relies on its lead star and Knightley is more than equipped for the task of carrying it on her shoulders.

Jan 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 29, 2019 | Full Review…

This sturdy, entertaining political thriller pushes all the right buttons and triggers all the right outraged reactions.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

A rock-solid docudrama.

Feb 4, 2019 | Full Review…

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