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A Private War (2018)

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One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

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Matthew Heineman

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Arash Amel, Marie Brenner (based on the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin's Private War" by)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosamund Pike ... Marie Colvin
Alexandra Moen ... Zoe
Tom Hollander ... Sean Ryan
Faye Marsay ... Kate Richardson
Jesuthasan Antonythasan ... Thamilselvan
Raman Srinivasan Raman Srinivasan ... Tamil Group Leader
Natasha Jayetileke ... Sri Lankan Nurse
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Rita Williams
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ... Amy Bentham
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Adam Watkins
Fady Elsayed ... Mourad
Tristan Tait Tristan Tait ... US Public Affairs Officer
Corey Johnson ... Norm Coburn
Jamie Dornan ... Paul Conroy
Greg Wise ... Professor David Irens
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In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London's elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she's witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her -- along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) -- to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Written by Aviron Pictures

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The greatest weapon is the truth. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent images, language throughout, and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Private War See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,491, 4 November 2018

Gross USA:

$1,633,208

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,826,678
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2.39 : 1
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The film was a last-minute opening gala choice at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) following Galveston (2018) being dropped from the schedule. See more »

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Newspaper Editor: Why is it important, do you think, to see this images? Why is it important for you to be there? Right now you may be one of the only Western journalists in Homs. Our team has just left.
Marie Colvin: For an audience for which any conflict is very far away, this is the reality. There are 28,000 civilians, men, women and children, a city of the cold and hungry, starving, defenseless. There are no telephones. The electricity has been cut off. Families are sharing what they have with relatives and neighbors. I ...
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Written by Frederick Edward Weatherly
Arranged & Performed by Nig Richards
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War correspondent obsessed with being where the action is.
14 March 2019 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

My wife and I watched this movie at home on DVD from our public library.

Marie Colvin was a real 21st century war correspondent, an American journalist working for a British news agency. She seemingly had no fear, or if she did overcame it to seek out the hottest of the hot spots and when she could, interview dictators with very pointed questions.

Rosamund (pronounced "Rozz-mund") Pike is totally terrific as Marie Colvin, pirate's eye patch and all after she lost her left eye during a raid. Unless we have been in a cave the past 20 or so years we know all the stories, all the big battles, so this movie gives us nothing new there. What it gives us is a glimpse at a driven war correspondent.

The title is significant, "my private war" is a reference to what is going on inside Colvin, what drives her, what makes her put herself and her photographer in the middle of dangerous war zones? We don't quite get the answer clearly but that is what we should be focused on.

Good movie, Pike is very believable. The very end of the movie has a clip of the real Marie Colvin.


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