Scandal (1989 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Caton-Jones|
|Produced by||Stephen Woolley|
|Written by||Michael Thomas|
|Music by||Carl Davis|
|Edited by||Angus Newton|
Palace Pictures, British Screen Productions
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|3 March 1989|
115 min (UK)|
106 min (US)
111 min (Canada)
Starring Joanne Whalley as Christine Keeler and John Hurt as Stephen Ward, personalities at the heart of the affair, the film details the scandal that, in 1963, rocked the government of British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and may have contributed to the defeat of the ruling Conservative Party at the following year's general election.
The film was screened out of competition at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival. The film's original trailer on UK television commercials never showed any clips of the film but just a blank screen featuring the word "SCANDAL" in white text, with a voiceover saying "It's a scandal! Keep watching!" Another trailer featuring clips was subsequently shown, as a follow-on from the original.
An English bon-vivant osteopath is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him. He serves as friend and mentor, and through his wide range of contacts and his parties she and her friend meet and date members of the Conservative Party. A scandal develops when her affair with the Minister of War comes to public attention.
- John Hurt as Stephen Ward
- Joanne Whalley as Christine Keeler
- Bridget Fonda as Mandy Rice-Davies
- Ian McKellen as John Profumo
- Leslie Phillips as Lord Astor
- Britt Ekland as Mariella Novotny
- Daniel Massey as Mervyn Griffith-Jones
- Roland Gift as Johnny Edgecombe
- Jean Alexander as Mrs. Keeler
- Deborah Grant as Valerie Hobson
- Alex Norton as Detective Inspector
- Ronald Fraser as Justice Marshall
- Paul Brooke as John, Detective Sgt.
- Jeroen Krabbé as Eugene Ivanov
- Keith Allen as Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial
- Ralph Brown as Paul Mann
- Iain Cuthbertson as Lord Hailsham
- Johnny Shannon as Peter Rachman
- Leon Herbert as Lucky Gordon
The film received positive reviews. At the movie review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, Scandal received an overall approval rating of 91% based on 32 reviews.
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