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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, Ewen Bremner
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

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

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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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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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By David H J Ashdown TOP 1000 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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Superb ensemble performance. Gripping plot with high tension and enough happening in the background to lead to many repeat viewings.
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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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This is a very good if slightly underrated film, I didn't catch it when it was released but I am glad that I decided to purchase the DVD.
I like Bill Nighy as an actor he always seems to get into his character, Rachel Weisz is also excellent as the female lead in this film and what can you say about Michael Gambon apart from it will be a good film if he is acting in it!
David Hare the Writer and Directer has produced another excellent film, well worth watching.
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Page Eight tells the story of two 'old school gentlemen' (Michael Gambon and Bill Nighy) in MI5 who are at odds with a ruthless and manipulative Prime Minister - and the lack of ethics in modern politics. The plot unfolds at a leisurely pace and remains low-key throughout. No shoot-outs, screaming car chases, explicit sex, or gratuitous violence. Bill Nighy's character (Johnny Worricker) saunters through problems with career and family and is so laid back I half expected him to nod off more than once. The plot suffers a bit from left-wing prejudice and I found the relationship between Worricker and his neighbour Nancy Pierpan ( the gorgeous Rachel Weisz)a bit vague and somewhat difficult to accept but like Tinker, Tailor I don't think anything about this story should be analysed too much. Better to sit back and let a superb cast ease you through a thoroughly enjoyable performance of the highest quality.
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