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Made-for-TV intelligence thriller starring Bill Nighy, Ralph Fiennes and Rachel Weisz. Long-serving MI5 officer Johnny Worricker (Nighy)'s life is thrown into turmoil when his friend and superior, Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon), dies in mysterious circumstances. As well as dealing with the emotional impact of the loss of his friend, Johnny must work out what to do with a top secret file Benedict has bequeathed him - a file with the potential to rock the very heart of MI5. A further complication is thrown into the mix in the form of his next door neighbour, Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz), a political activist whose sudden interest in Johnny is suspicious to say the least.

Starring:
Tom Hughes, Richard Lintern
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 39 minutes
Starring Tom Hughes, Richard Lintern, Saskia Reeves, Kate Burdette, Ewen Bremner, Andrew Cleaver, Ralph Fiennes, Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Robert Toretto, Judy Davis, Felicity Jones, Rakhee Thakrar, Bijan Daneshmand, Rachel Weisz
Director David Hare
Genres Thriller
Studio UNIVERSAL PICTURES UK
Rental release 5 September 2011
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

122 of 130 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 31 Aug 2011
Format: DVD
If you're after a spy story with running and shouting, violence and high-tech trickery then try Spooks. `Page Eight' is a much more thoughtful, contemplative drama reminiscent of early Le Carre (`The Spy Who Came In From The Cold' era) or the wonderful but short-lived series The Sandbaggers - Series 1 [1978] [DVD].

`Page Eight' covers some of the same ground as `The Ghost Writer' by Robert Harris in that it uncovers dastardly behaviour on the part of the British Prime Minister (an entirely undisguised interpretation of Tony Blair) who's found to be complicit, and maybe worse, when it comes to gathering intelligence by torture.
However, PE tells its tale in a very different way, from the perspective of a life-long intelligence analyst at MI5. Bill Nighy constructs a fascinating, old-school character in what might be one of his finest performances. Every line is crammed with hidden meaning; every raised eyebrow suggests the unspeakable. The interaction between Nighy and Michael Gambon is magnificent - as are Nighy's confused relationships with the various women in his life. The supporting cast is wonderful too, with superb turns from Alice Krige and Rafe Feinnes.
However, it is the neatly constructed plot, delicate dialogue and tight direction which deliver so much from `Page Eight'. On one level this is a very small story about an old spy at the end of his career, making a choice to prioritise his service and his country over his family for one last time. On the grander scale, the plot of `Page Eight' threatens to bring down the established security service and/or the Prime Minister and the special relationship with the USA.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
Brilliant drama starring Bill Nighy , Rachel Weisz and Michael Gambon about MI5 and their relationship , good or otherwise , with 10 Downing Street. I'm sure this sort of scenario is played out with regular monotony and you're never sure who knows what and , more importantly , what they do with the imformation. Bill Nighy is perfectly cast as the old school spy at odds with the new influx into MI5 and Government. Watch out for the brilliant little act of defiance at the end as Bill Nighy walks through the airport.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2011
Format: DVD
This is a cracking BBC British spy movie with a superb cast. It is heavy on atmosphere, great character portrayal and clever dialogue rather than violence which is happily absent. While it is not a comedy, it has some dialogue that made me laugh out loud.

Johnny Worricker (Bill Nighy) is an intelligence expert in MI5. His boss and best friend, Benedict Baron (Michael Gambon) reveals to Johnny and a few others in the MI5 a file stating, on page 8, that Downing Street knows that the Americans are torturing prisoners in Black Sites even though such practices have been denied by the British Home Secretary (Saskia Reeves). It seems the Prime Minister has been witholding information from the Home Secretary. Suddenly Benedict Baron dies of natural causes and Johnny still has a copy of the damning file which the British Prime Minister (Ralph Fiennes) menacingly demands he return. But Johnny has a job to do. He realised that Benedict revealed this information with the intention of the truth being outed.

Meanwhile, Johnny's neighbour, Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) who he has never met, introduces herself and reveals that her brother, a political activist, has been murdered but no one will admit to it.

I loved it. But then I like almost everything that Bill Nighy is in.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Bowral on 25 May 2012
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Superb ensemble performance. Gripping plot with high tension and enough happening in the background to lead to many repeat viewings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sep 2013
Format: DVD
This BBC made for TV movie opens up with many loose ends. Bill Nighly stars as Johnny Worricker, an MI5 agent. His neighbor, Nancy Pierpan (Rachel Weisz) suddenly takes an interest in him. Sitting in her flat is Ralph Wilson (Tom Hughes) who must now leave because Bill showed up.

At work, Bill's boss (Michael Gambon) shows him a Top Secret document. Bill is most interested in "Page Eight." There is a concern for future terrorist attacks. Meanwhile Bill's daughter (Felicity Jones) is a famous artist who paints morbid pictures of despair. At a showing of her paintings, Ralph Wilson happens to be there too. Bill doesn't like these coincidences in his life.

***Midpoint plot spoiler*** Page 8 of the document is rather boring by 2010 standards. It seems Americans have secret interrogation sites across the world where they torture prisoners AND the Prime Minister knows about it. Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort) is the Prime Minister of England. The political and legal ramifications are discussed, but there appears to be no moral outrage. More coincidental things happen in the film to make you go hmm, but it is not really a mystery as there is no puzzle, or is there?. All we have is Johnny Worricker's gut feeling something isn't right.

Good acting. Interesting plot twists. A movie which asks moral questions for our modern society.

The movie initially uses some good old fashion gumshoe jazz as a way to connect us to simpler times. But it's the 21st century now...

F-bomb, No sex, no nudity.
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