Scandal (1989 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Caton-Jones|
|Produced by||Stephen Woolley|
|Written by||Michael Thomas|
|Music by||Carl Davis|
|Editing by||Angus Newton|
|Distributed by||Miramax Films|
|Release date(s)||3 March, 1989|
|Running time||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 shown any clips of the film but just a blank screen featuring the word "SCANDAL" in white text, with a voiceover saying "Its a scandal!, keep watching!". Another trailer was made featuring clips, as a follow-on from the original.
Plot summary 
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 contacts and parties she and her friend meet and date members of the Conservative Party. Eventually a scandal occurs when her affair with the Minister of War goes public, threatening their lifestyles and their freedom.
- John Hurt - Stephen Ward
- Joanne Whalley - Christine Keeler
- Bridget Fonda - Mandy Rice-Davies
- Ian McKellen - John Profumo
- Leslie Phillips - Lord Astor
- Britt Ekland - Mariella Novotny
- Daniel Massey - Mervyn Griffith-Jones
- Roland Gift - Johnnie Edgecombe
- Jean Alexander - Mrs. Keeler
- Alex Norton - Detective Inspector
- Ronald Fraser - Justice Marshall
- Paul Brooke - John, Detective Sgt.
- Jeroen Krabbé - Eugene Ivanov
- Keith Allen - Kevin, Reporter Sunday Pictorial
- Ralph Brown - Paul Mann
- Iain Cuthbertson - Lord Hailsham
- Johnny Shannon - Peter Rachman
It was rated number 1 in the Top 10 Best British Films by the Record Press website in February 2013. 
- "Festival de Cannes: Scandal". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- Scandal at Rotten Tomatoes
- "This Top 10 Best British Films proves UK made films are the greatest!!".
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