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It was too hard to root for anyone.
As the theme song "Nothing Has Been Proved", sung by Dusty Springfield and produced by Pet Shop Boys, plays over the rolling credits, you would have hoped for more malevolence and discerning criticism in Michael Caton-Jones's skin-deep drama exposing the Profumo–Keeler opprobrium that brought Harold Macmillan's Conservative Government down like a house of cards.
My Favorite Film Is 1941's Citizen Kane.
Unjustly ignored when it was first released and then forgotten. Maybe now it will get the attention it so richly deserved.
Based on the true story of the John Profumo affair, early 1960s. Christine Keeler is seeing two men at once, one is a Russian diplomat, the other is a British cabinet minister ~ Woops! A good saucy British drama, Joanne Whalley is hot stuff!
In 1963, the conservative British government was shaken to its foundations by the Profumo Scandal. The central character in this disastrous affair was John Profumo, Britain's minister of war, who had become sexually involved with call-girl Christine Keeler, whose "sponsor" was high-priced osteopath Dr. Stephen Ward. Fancying himself a dashing international adventurer, Ward had also offered Christine to alleged Soviet spy Eugene Ivanov. Another of Ward's stable, Mandy Rice-Davies, allegedly had slept with numerous British and American luminaries.
I was completely lost for words as I watched Michael Caton-Jones "Scandal". It is a fascinating and yet complex film that deserves to be in good comparison to previous rise and fall pictures such as "Goodfellas", "Casino", "Nixon" and "Bonnie & Clyde". John Hurt is very good as Stephen Ward as is Ian McKellan as Profumo. The best scene in the film is during the court room, where Keeler is seen getting sandbagged with stong questions involving the scandal. A very distraught Hurt stands up and yells out to Keeler's defence (almost a cry out to God) and says..."That is not fair!".
The camera focuses intensely on Hurt's face that made me cringe with sympathy. I cringed because Stephen Ward's reptuation sank faster then the Titanic. I also found Joanne Whalley to be very good and confident as Christine Keeler, Briget Fonda gives a great performance as Mandy Rice-Davies, Ian McKellan as Defence Minister John Profumo and British singer Roland Gift (Fine Young Cannibals) as Johnny Edgecombe. "Scandal" is a great film, a fascinating one that will want me to read up more on the Profumo affair.
based on the 1963 Minster of War John Profumo controversy in London
John Hurt, Ian McKellan, Bridget Fonda, and Joanne Whalley
osteopath Stephen Ward meets Christine Keeler whom was an exotic dancer and began several relations with men, most notably Profumo
she was also friends with Mandy Rice-Davies a known prostitute
as soon as word spread their reputations were in jeopardy as well as stirring up members of the Conservative Party
the entire scandal involved parties, drinking, drugs, and sex
it was the story that shocked the world at the time leading to crucifying Ward and Keeler's names yet somehow gave Davies more leniency
stuff like this can break apart ties with even the highest government authority figures
top notch acting and a stellar cast makes this an important piece in Britain's history
I think that the characters could have used more definition in places (the serious non-sexual attraction between Ward and Keeler was rather undefined and vague) but whats great is that even though the movie is 20 years old and the events occurred nearly 50 years ago its still incredibly relevant. The public both loves and hates sexualized figures, and most of that arises from our personal confusion about the whole nature of sex. Its fun, but it makes Jesus upset. The events depicted here happen today in almost the exact same fashion (only now the internet hypes these things even more out of control) and director Michael Caton-Jones recognizes that our misguided attitudes about sex are what creates the firestorm.
I haven't seen this since it first came out, but the song still haunts...
This was an okay 'take' on the British Profumo scandal where high ranking political figures slept with high priced call girls. This didn't stay private and with the Cold War at its height it did nearly bring down the Government.