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Scandal

Year: 1989
Production Co: British Screen Productions
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
Writer: Michael Thomas
Cast: John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Ian McKellen, Bridget Fonda, Britt Eckland, Jeroen Krabbe
A great British film that captures the mood of late 60s London in a way an American director and script never could.

Caton-Jones captures the collision between the hip kids and the old guard of aristocratic Britain perfectly - made the most funny and stark when liberally-minded doctor Stephan Ward (Hurt) and a colleague are sitting in their stately car trying pot and the colleague deadpans 'I think I'd rather a stiff Pimms'.

It's the story of the political scandal that captured the nation and bought down Profumo and - if you believe the stories - the conservative Macmillan government.

Ward is enjoying the sixties with it's easy pickings of sex and drugs. He befriends young showgirl and prostitute Christine Keeler (Whalley) and introduces her to the cr'me de la cr'me of polite society, including secretary of state John Profumo (McKellen). After a brief affair Profumo ends it, but when it comes to light that Keeler was also sleeping with a Russian attaché (Krabbe), the scandal that characterised Bnritish politics blew up, culminating in the iconic image of Keeler recreated for the poster art.

Great scripting and performances prove that thrills and intrigue need not come from guns and car chases.

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