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The Whistle Blower (1986)

PG | | Thriller | 10 July 1987 (USA)
A war veteran tries to investigate the murder of his son who was working as a Russian translator for the British intelligence service during the Cold War. He meets a web of deception and paranoia that seems to be impenetrable.

Director:

Simon Langton

Writers:

Julian Bond (screenplay), John Hale (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Caine ... Frank Jones
James Fox ... Lord
Nigel Havers ... Bob Jones
John Gielgud ... Sir Adrian Chapple
Felicity Dean ... Cynthia Goodburn
Barry Foster ... Charles Greig
Gordon Jackson ... Bruce
Kenneth Colley ... Bill Pickett
David Langton ... Government Minister
Dinah Stabb Dinah Stabb ... Rose
James Simmons ... Mark
Katherine Reeve Katherine Reeve ... Tiffany Goodburn
Bill Wallis Bill Wallis ... Ramsay Dodgson
Trevor Cooper ... Inspector Bourne
Peter Miles Peter Miles ... Stephen Kedge
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Storyline

Twenty-eight-year-old idealist Bob Jones is contemplating leaving his position as a Russian translator at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) as those at the top have issued a new whistle blowing policy, encouraging employees to report any suspicious behavior, in light of the highly publicized case of Ramsay Dodgson, a Soviet spy who was working undetected in the organization for ten years before being caught. Bob does not like the idea of being at the mercy of work colleagues, most, like Dodgson, who he did and does not know. In private, he confides to his father, widowed businessman and retired Navy officer Frank Jones, that part of his want to leave the job, which also entails eavesdropping on private conversations between Soviet officials on a multitude of everyday topics, is that he believes the British, and by association Americans, are just as corrupt as the Russians in how they infiltrate institutions most of the public see as commonplace, this belief to which ... Written by Huggo

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They all know the identity of the country's most dangerous spy. But which one of them will finally blow the whistle? See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

10 July 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kreuzfeuer der Agenten See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,035, 12 July 1987

Gross USA:

$1,500,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,500,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The flat where Sir John Gielgud (Sir Adrian Chapple) lives, is located in front of Brett Sinclair's in The Persuaders! (1971), at Queen Anne's Gate in London. See more »

Goofs

About 12 minutes in, Nigel Havers and Michael Caine walk past Cheltenham Boy's College, with Nigel Havers delivering a line that continues, without pause/taking breath, as they walk down Montpellier, which is about 1km away. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Miss Donald: The only way we'll know when and at what targets a nuclear button will be pressed is by electronic espionage. That's what makes it so appalling that Dodgson, a self-confessed and convicted Soviet agent, was able to hold a position of trust here for ten years. It must not happen again. Each of you, not only section heads, but each and every one of you, has simply got to report oddities of behaviour among your colleagues, strange events or anything else that strikes you as out of the...
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Soundtracks

It's A Long Way To Tipperary
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams (uncredited)
[Played by marching band at Remembrance Day Parade]
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Waste of a good cast
29 March 2002 | by rjc41See all my reviews

The dreary plot in this film is made overly complicated by bad directing and poor editing. Caine, Fox, Gielgud and Havers have all been in much better films. Don't do as I did and watch this on the strength of the cast - they don't deliver, and if even they had it would not have rescued the trudging script of this thrill-less thriller. 3/10


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