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Scandal [1989] (REGION 2) (PAL) [Dutch Import]

Ian McKellen , John Hurt , Michael Caton-Jones    Suitable for 18 years and over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ian McKellen, John Hurt, Jeroen Krabbe, Bridget Fonda, Joanne Whalley-Kilmer
  • Directors: Michael Caton-Jones
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Import, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French, German
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Paramount
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000T7C6ZQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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. Based on the real Profumo scandal of 1963.

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It would be a Scandal NOT to buy it.... 31 Jan 2010
By Robster
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Released to generally positive reviews in 1989, Scandal tells the true story of the Profumo Affair of 1963, a political scandal that eventually saw the collapse of the Conservative Government.
Christine Keeler, an exotic dancer meets and becomes socially involved with social-butterfly Dr.Stephen Ward who in turns introduces her to lifestyle of glamour, riches and high society.
Christine Keeler meets Jack Profumo ( the Minister of War for the Conservative Government ) at a pool party hosted at Cliveden, a mansion owned by Lord Astor, during a weekend in which she also meets a Russian Naval Attache, and with whom she both promptly, starts affairs.
However, things soon turn sour and nobody's life will be the same...
Some have argued over the authenticity of events that are shown ( Christine Keeler herself dismissed the film purely as a work of fiction in her memoirs ) but there is no denying that its rich and hypnotic cinematography, intelligent dialogue , nostalgic soundtrack and compelling performances make up for any doubts over the relevance on whether what we are watching is what " actually happened ".
Scandal was originally intended to be a made for tv series, but NO tv station would touch the delicate subject matter and in the end it was upto the now defunct Palace Video to distribute the film.
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones, who would go on to direct Memphis Belle and Rob Roy.
Starring John Hurt as Stephen Ward, Joanne Whalley ( then Kilmer ) as Christine Keeler, Bridget Fonda in her first substantial film role playing Christine's friend Mandy Rice-Davies ( she incidentally has some of the best one liners too ) and Sir Ian McKellen plays Jack Profumo.
Featuring cameos from Roland Gift,Jeroen Krabbe, Britt Ekland and Leslie Phillips.
A scene in which Christine & Mandy are shown getting ready for a night out is played to the sound of " Apache " by The Shadows, and for some, maybe worth the price of this DVD alone.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still the cut version 3 Mar 2011
Really looked forward to this but sadly it's still the cut version of the film I already owned. I hoped I might finally have got the uncut version I first watched on VHS but it was not to be. A great film none the less and one of John Hurt's finest performances for my money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not So "Un-Cut" ! 23 Mar 2008
I do take umbrage when the cover sleeve makes an issue to specifically state that the movie is uncensored and uncut, when in truth the opposite is realised when viewed.

The Peter Rackman( Johnny Shannon ) and Mandy Rice-Davies ( Bridget Fonda ) "no kissing" hotel bedroom scene which should have been in chapter 15, between the scene of the two girls ( Fonda & Whalley-Kilmer ) walking along the river to the scene with ( Hurt & Whalley-Kilmer ) in Wards flat, checking the post, has been completely omitted.

The hotel bedroom scene approx 1 minute 40 secs, which does show a naked frontal view of Fonda, albeit through a negligee, and ever so briefly between the on off light flashes of what seems to be a neon sign outside the bedroom window, does seem to be rather tame to have fallen foul of the censor.

This scene also does seem to be out of place at this point of the movie, and 'maybe' should have been after the initial party meeting between Rackman and Rice-Davies.

In fairness this DVD version removing the scene at this point does improve the continuity. Should we adding this to the list of movies that are crying out to be re-edited and re-released.

We did wait how many years for Blade Runner to be released in a package with 'all' versions and extras, hopefully someone / studio would take this gem under their wing for the same treatment. Or even a re-release with the deleted scene(s) on the bonus or extras menu, I could live with that. Maybe the when the Region 2 UK PAL version is released it will have just that, but until then the VHS tape remains in the collection.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a scandal 27 Sep 2010
I recall watching this film when it was first released in 1989 and enjoying it then, so why on earth it took so long for it to be released onto DVD, I don't know! As you're no doubt aware, this film tells the story of the 'Profumo' affair of the early 1960s where a good time/call girl, Christine Keeler (Joanne Whalley)has a concurrent affair with a Russian Spy and the War Minister, John Profumo (Ian McKellen). Society osteopath/glorified pimp Stephen Ward is portrayed by John Hurt and Christine's partner in crime, Mandy Rice-Davies is played by Bridget Fonda. The attention to period detail is excellent, as is the acting of all of the main leads, although I was a little distracted by Ian McKellen's stick on hairpiece! The soundtrack is fantastic too and Dusty Springfield's rendition of the Pet Shop Boys' penned 'Nothing Has Been Proved' is beautifully haunting.

It's worth watching if you're a fan of well-acted dramas. Like all good films it spurs the viewer on to read up more about the background on the internet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. 28 Aug 2008
Film of the true story that came to be known as 'The Profumo Affair'.

Not a bad movie telling this story, but way over the top with regards to nudity and 'explicit' dialogue. However, the main facts of the time come across pretty well, and also shows both how irresponsibly people can behave in high government offices, and equally how people can be used as 'scapegoats' and 'dropped' at the tip of a hat when necessary.

No one could watch this and not come away from it feeling quite nauseous as to how politics and those in high places behave... Despite all this though, sympathy for 'Ward' (played by John Hurt) does surface at the end.

The film is rather slow, and does not really get going until about an hour in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!!!!!
Well told and well executed film, good easy watch and based on a true story which if you don't already know about, will then want to research after watching this film x
Published 11 days ago by Jane Thorpe
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent portrayal of the injustice of the Stephen Ward incidents and...
Well acted with a good cast and John Hurt acted the part of Stephen Ward brilliantly. I enjoyed it immensely.
Published 20 days ago by Mr. Gordon J. Sheppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memeories
I liveed through that time but it's surprisiing how much you forget. Very good value and very interestiing. Thank you
Published 1 month ago by brenda kelly
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My Husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the (Scandle DVD) The story and the music took us back down memory lane to the time when the Profumo affair made the Headlines in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lynda Fielding
4.0 out of 5 stars Scandal-1989
1989 British Film based on the book Honeytrap by Anthony Summers. John Profumo was the Minister for War(Secretary of Defense).
Published 1 month ago by Richard Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
An excellent film about some sad events in our history. The great actor John Hurt plays Stephen Ward whose suicide follows the establishments desire to blame someone for Profumo's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Al
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandal DVD
Very good production. Period setting, political storyline which subsequently brought down the then Conservative government, historically accurate. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived quickly
I bought this as a present. The order was received within two days, amazing price cannot complain at all. highly recommended
Published 5 months ago by Neil
3.0 out of 5 stars There is a big fat hole in the centre of this
Clearly this film was written and made without full knowledge of the facts,because certain things that needed to be addressed are avoided or merely played with toyingly but never... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tando
5.0 out of 5 stars Profumo affair
Scandal is the popular version of the Profumo Affair, which saw the fall of the Prime Minister, and a rise in newspaper sales. Read more
Published 5 months ago by steveart4all
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