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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

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  • 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

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120 of 128 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Dec 2013
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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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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. J. Elliott on 5 Mar 2013
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Very well written script by David Hare, extremely well acted by all the participants - an intelligent and exciting thriller.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Douglas P. Bishop on 1 Feb 2013
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Bill Nighy always adds to any story. The writing and acting is so good and t5he story takes a number of twists and turns Brilliant
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Frances K Alston on 4 Feb 2012
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In a long line of excellent plays by David Hare, this television play is as good as the best of them,which is truly extraordinary. It would have to be to attract three of Britain's leading men to share the honors! When does one get to see Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon and Ralph Fiennes performing together in one stunning play? Bill Nighy and Michael Gambon have taken turns as leading man in a David Hare play in the past, but this time they are both starring, and it is a delight to watch them play with and off each other! Not to be missed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian W on 31 Mar 2014
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Page Eight is and will remain an astonishingly good film but spoils the succeeding two films in the trilogy featuring Jonny Warwicker
because they are rubbish by comparison.
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