Official Secrets

7.31 h 51 min2019X-RayR
Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes lead a world-class ensemble in this gripping true life political thriller of a spy gone rogue who risked everything to stop an unjust war.
Gavin Hood
Keira KnightleyRalph FiennesMatthew Goode
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Matt SmithIndira VarmaRhys Ifans
Ged DohertyElizabeth FowlerMelissa Shiyu ZuoMark GordonMatt JacksonSara SmithGavin HoodClaudia BluemhuberAnne SheehanHugo Heppell
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Al SalviReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Revisionist history
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A traitor treated like a hero.
A war where the West saved millions from the tyrant Saddam Hussein.
Forget the people rejoicing, tearing-down Saddam's statues.
Forget the end of the death camps-- live in an alternative universe!
These guys got a whole lotta lies for you!
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Mack E. TanReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2019
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A fresh, dramatic perspective on the decision to invade Iraq
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A very good film that offers us us a new view of the decision to invade Iraq, one from Britain & from a young intelligence officer alarmed over orders to gather evidence that could blackmail UN members into voting for the war. I certainly recall the debate over & opposition to this war, but I was unfamiliar with the action of this intelligence worker...and now I know why,.

What I appreciated in this film is the focus on individual action to stop illegal actions of the govt. "Why does a lowly person think she has the right to question her govt?" Ha! Lowly people are responsible for some of our govt's highest accomplishments and we not only have the right, we have the duty to do so.

While this is not the greatest dramatic filmmaking, it does succeed in putting forth the central theme in a cinematic, engaging way. I both enjoyed it and felt informed by it.
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Orson WellesReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2019
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Great thriller
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This thriller is extremely well-written. The film is quite daring. You of course know going in that the leaker failed to prevent the second Iraq war. In the opening scene, just a single shot of Kierra Knightly, you learn that her character has been charged with breach of the official secrets act. But you don't know how she'll plead or whether she will be convicted. The casting is terrific, and Knightly easily carries the film. She gets an assist from Ralph Fiennes, who plays one of her lawyers, in the second half. If you really did oppose the Iraq War back in 2002-03 and you did not know W and Blair were lying, this film will belatedly given you confirmation. Even if you were for the war at the start and then later realized you had been lied to, you will, I think, find this film well-worth watching. As I write, the only public person to condemn the war and the regime change wars that followed is Tulsi Gabbard, a congresswoman who enlisted in the war and served two tours in Iraq. The only dove running for President happens to be in the military. I say this only to show that the film continues to be timely.
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stephanieReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2019
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#3635"Sometimes a good 'movie' can provide a lot of truth and/or background.
'Official Secrets.'
Relevant today?
Enjoy the show!
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Mindo'ermatterReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
This Movie Will Make You Rethink Everything!
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Well scripted portrayal with an excellent cast, this well-portrayed screen drama raises lots of unanswered questions. The slow pacing of the storyline allows time for reflection and interaction with the emotional experiences shown.

Definitely not for younger teens and children because of complex issues, the true-story screen adaptation is emotionally draining. The focus on the personal dilemma of the lead character (Katherine) emphasizes her trial of conscience.

This movie is a great one to see and discuss with others because of its implications for political administrations of all parties. This movie also shows both sides of media coverage of the same situations, suggesting the need for a more diligent and honest press without any political homages or echo chambers of bias.

This movie exposes the need for intelligence agencies to be held more accountable for misconduct and manipulation.

Loved the acting because it was so believable!
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Boston JakeReviewed in the United States on November 9, 2019
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Watch it!
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Excellent film - unusually both my wife and I loved it. Great script and acting - not too heavy handed as some films with a message can be.
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RedStormReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2019
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Awesome move! Must watch if want to find out the real truth behind the illegal war.
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Tom AdamsReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
The United States is a terrorist country
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Patriots should be willing to stand up for what us right,
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