Scandal
Scandal (1989)

In 1963, the conservative British government was shaken to its foundations by the Profumo Scandal. The central character in this disastrous affair was John Profumo, Britain's minister of war, who had become sexually involved with… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: September 5, 2000
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62%


Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

The film holds because of the brilliance of Hurt and the fascination of Whalley-Kilmer, as well as the sly, tongue-in-cheek viciousness of Bridget Fonda's Mandy Rice-Davies.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

Caton-Jones is not the most stylistically assured of filmmakers, but his ability with actors is obvious. For this project, that is enough to turn the flat conventions of the docudrama into something resembling life.

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Margaret Moser
Austin Chronicle

In Scandal director Caton-Jones has faithfully recreated early Sixties swinging London, with its East End nightlife, ska clubs, and girls galore.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

Scandal is an express tour of the Profumo affair that moves with a pop historian's revisionist swagger and plays like News of the World headlines set to early '60s rock 'n' roll.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Hurt is excellent as the charming but shallow Ward.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Instead of sleaze, director Caton-Jones and screenwriter Michael Thomas deliver a vindication of the affair's chief scapegoats -- Ward and Keeler -- in the form of a two-hour nostalgia trip, with some complex and powerful performances.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

The greatest virtue of the filmmakers' straightforward approach is that it avoids the obvious pitfall of pretentiousness.

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out

Caton-Jones' first feature is a serious, almost low-key affair, strong on period detail and imbued with a sense of genuine outrage.

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Jon Fortgang
Film4

A quality cast, polished writing and the atmospheric evocation of Soho and Whitehall sleaze make for a powerful depiction of Ward's fall from grace.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Alec Barniskis
I think that the characters could have used more definition in places (the serious non-sexual attraction between Ward and Keeler was rather undefined and vague)… More
Barry Lappin
Extremel;y well made if a little fanciful at times with the truth. I researched the original story after seeing this and was impressed with how damn stupid… More
Lesley N
I haven't seen this since it first came out, but the song still haunts... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Q5CmIzpBg
Brian R
In 1963, the conservative British government was shaken to its foundations by the Profumo Scandal. The central character in this disastrous affair was John… More