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Red Joan (2018)

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The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the KGB's longest-serving British spy.

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Trevor Nunn

Writers:

Lindsay Shapero (screenplay), Jennie Rooney (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Joan Stanley
Sophie Cookson ... Young Joan
Stephen Campbell Moore ... Max Davis
Tom Hughes ... Leo Galich
Freddie Gaminara ... William Mitchell
Laurence Spellman ... Patrick Adams
Tereza Srbova ... Sonya Galich
Ben Miles ... Nick
Robin Soans ... Clement Attlee
Kevin Fuller ... Detective Philips
Stephen Boxer ... Peter Kierl
Simon Ludders ... Ship's Captain
Steven Hillman ... Prison Guard
Ciarán Owens ... Detective Hughes
Phill Langhorne ... Uniformed Officer
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Storyline

English born Joan Stanley, a Soviet and communist party sympathizer, becomes employed as a British government civil servant, and gets recruited by the KGB in the mid 1930s. She successfully transfers nuclear bomb secrets to the Soviet Union (Russia), which enables them to keep up with the west in the development of atomic weapons, and remains undetected as a spy for over a half a century. Written by Unknownian

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Rated R for brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Embankment Films

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 April 2019 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Red Joan See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,556,356, 13 June 2019
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Trademark Films See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on the real life case of Civil Servant Melita Norwood (1912-2005) who successfully passed classified information about the British Atomic program to the Russians in the 1940s & 50s. This was only discovered in 1992 by which time the Ministry of Defence declined to prosecute the then 80 year old . See more »

Quotes

Joan Stanley: I was fighting for the living, I loved my country!
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Slumbering premise keeps promissing story average

This could have easily be a big + spy story. One of those stories that survive the times because the writers dig behind the veils of historic facts, and make essential values of human existance see the light of day. That value here is that one human can break through the simplicfied truths of time-bound consciousness, the illusions of wrong and right, dares to think his own moral mind and make a decision that serves humanity on a deeper level of evolution. It shows as a premise that is strongly tied to the story but not convincingly develloped.

What is left is a skilled and entertaining movie, not a timeless one.


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