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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It would be a Scandal NOT to buy it....
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...
Published on 31 Jan 2010 by Robster

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not So "Un-Cut" !
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 &...
Published on 23 Mar 2008 by Richard H


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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It would be a Scandal NOT to buy it...., 31 Jan 2010
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Robster (Preston, U.K) - See all my reviews
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not So "Un-Cut" !, 23 Mar 2008
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Richard H (London, England) - See all my reviews
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad., 28 Aug 2008
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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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a scandal, 27 Sep 2010
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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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Still the cut version, 3 Mar 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scandal DVD, 23 Nov 2013
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Very good production. Period setting, political storyline which subsequently brought down the then Conservative government, historically accurate. Actors involved very well cast. DVD very much enjoyed by myself and friends of that era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great British Film, 30 Sep 2013
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This is one of those brilliant, classy, British films. It captures the time perfectly and the cast are terrific. I have no idea how closely the film plot sticks to actual events, but it's an engaging story anyway.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scandal to wait so long for the release, 8 April 2010
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This film is a curious mixture of fascinating scandal and some quite dated acting. Perhaps the fascination is because it was a sex and politics scandal which hit the headlines before the country became liberated by the antics of the 'swinging' sixties. As such the intrigue and twists and turns of the story are really quite compelling.
What does not seem to sit so well is some of the quite stilted acting. Towards the end John Hurt produces some of the finest acting of his career, but early in the film he does not seem so comfortable with lines he has to say - "little baby" being a case in point - somehow the sincerity is missing.
As a launchpad for Joanne Whalley (as she was then) it is superb. Her acting is direct and quite natural and it is not difficult to find her portrayal of Christine Keeler to be quite convincing. The same cannot be said for some of the acting of Ian McKellern or Bridget Fonda - in both cases it is often overdone and even quite uncomfortable.
The pricipal theme music "Nothing has been proved" is a real classic sung by Dusty Springfield, supported by the Pet Shop Boys. Its haunting and enigmatic sound adds an intriguing dimension which leaves a lasting impression on the film.
It is the ending which carries the most weight and genuinely holds the interest. By this time the principal players have begun to matter - you can feel for them. John Hurt pulls out all the stops and we really start to care for his character as Stephen Ward - though of course we don't know if it are right to do so - after all, it's only a film!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
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Great film .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 July 2014
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GREAT FILM
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