Scandal (1989)

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Based on the Profumo Scandal of 1963, an affair between an exotic dancer and the Minister of War shakes up the British government.




  • Ian McKellen in Scandal (1989)
  • Joanne Whalley in Scandal (1989)
  • Bridget Fonda in Scandal (1989)
  • Ian McKellen in Scandal (1989)
  • Bridget Fonda and Joanne Whalley in Scandal (1989)
  • Joanne Whalley and Ian McKellen in Scandal (1989)

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Michael Caton-Jones


Michael Thomas

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13 September 2013 | natashabowiepinky
| Nothing Has Been Proved...
What seemed shocking in the 50's is almost commonplace in the debauched 21st Century, so to get a proper perspective on how controversial this was, one would probably have to have been alive during the period. In the absence of possessing a time machine though, one can only guess the outrage at the revelation that British MPs had secret sex parties and slept with prostitutes. WOW! If there is a similarity between now and then though, it's seems to be the determination of the tabloid press to publish as many lurid headlines as possible, regardless of how many lives they ruin. Vultures, the lot of 'em.

For such a saucy role, it's surprising that Joanne Whalley-Kilmer doesn't show much skin... Apart from the most obvious use of a body double ever. Never mind, her co-stars more than make up for it on that score, including a rather young Bridget Fonda, fumbling with an English accent. John Hurt and Ian Mckellen complete an impressive cast, who tackle their roles with gusto and make it an engaging ensemble piece.

I enjoyed it as an exposé of the morals and hypocrisies of a Britain on the verge of the Swinging Sixties, but was never truly engrossed. Nowadays, in a world where a woman can build a business empire based on one sex tape, you just know that everyone involved in this tawdry affair would be big reality TV stars. A sign of the times indeed. Sigh... 6/10

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Release Date:

28 April 1989


Polish, English

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$658,660 30 April 1989

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