Page Eight

2011, Drama, 1h 40m

15 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Johnny (Bill Nighy), a long-serving member of MI5, finds a mysterious file after his mentor (Michael Gambon) dies.

Cast & Crew

Bill Nighy
Johnny Worricker
Rachel Weisz
Nancy Pierpan
Michael Gambon
Benedict Baron
Judy Davis
Jill Tankard
Felicity Jones
Julianne Worricker
Tom Hughes
Ralph Wilson
Saskia Reeves
Anthea Catcheside
Ewen Bremner
Rollo Madeley
Ralph Fiennes
Alec Beasley
Alice Krige
Emma Baron
Holly Aird
Anna Hervé
Richard Lintern
Max Vallance
David Hare
Screenwriter
Gareth Neame
Executive Producer
Scott Rudin
Executive Producer
Martin Ruhe
Cinematographer
Jinx Godfrey
Film Editor
Cristina Casali
Production Design
Andrea Matheson
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  • Apr 06, 2014
    Part 1 of David Hare's new trilogy this is very similar to Le Carre's 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' and people might be put off by its slow pace and high brow script. However I loved the whole thing and with a cast like this you can't go far wrong. Total class.
    David S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 09, 2013
    Rather dull. Slow...good cast, though.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 13, 2013
    A MI5 agent uncovers a conspiracy that goes to Downing Street and may have caused the death of his best friend/boss. If you've seen the British version of State of Play, then you've already seen the feel and basic content of this film. This difference is that the conflict in the film has lower stakes, and the conspiracy does not seem as far-reaching and damning. Bill Nighy delivers another strong, understated performance, like the ones in State of Play and Gideon's Daughter. His work for British outlets seems so much more complex than what he does in American films. Overall, this film is good, but it's a poor man's version of stronger British political dramas.
    Jim H Super Reviewer
  • Nov 18, 2012
    "Page Eight" opens with Johnny Worricker(Bill Nighy) coming to the rescue of Nancy(Rachel Weisz), his hitherto unknown next door neighbor, when she has second thoughts about bringing home Ralph Wilson(Tom Hughes) with her. In the resultant conversation, Johnny is hesitant to give up details of his own life which is only reasonable considering he is an analyst at MI5 where he has been given a file to study by his boss and former school chum Benedict Baron(Michael Gambon) and also to their colleague Jill Tankard(Judy Davis). Anthea Catcheside(Saskia Reeves), the home secretary, seeing the explosiveness of a detail that Johnny pointed out, decides to sit on the file for a day or two before possibly going public. In the meantime, Johnny performs the duties of a father by visiting the opening of his daughter Julianne's(Felicity Jones) art show. First and foremost, "Page Eight" has a tremendous cast that also includes Alice Krige, Ewen Bremmer and Ralph Fiennes, headlined by Nighy at his droll and understated best. So, while you could have possibly stopped just at him, Gambon and Davis playing pinochle and still had an entertaining movie, there is quite a lot going on here, some of which is sadly overstated, most involving the collision of politics and intelligence gathering and why the two should never meet. Throughout, the movie smartly details the changing of the guard in Great Britain, not only in the ruling class but in how we all lead our lives(Resisting the urge is Johnny and notice how slowly his own personal history becomes known and how much his daughter is like him), willingly surrendering our privacy at the first opportunity while governments are becoming more secretive, unaware of the dictum that the truth will set you free.
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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