Producer Stephen Woolley and director Michael Caton-Jones' account of the 1963 'Profumo' affair that rocked the British establishment conjures up London on the brink of the Swinging Sixties, where members of high society indulge their baser instincts careless of the consequences. After becoming enchanted by exotic dancer Christine Keeler (Joanne Whalley), a politically connected doctor Stephen Ward (John Hurt) invites her to live with him. Through his contacts and parties she begins to date Conservative ministers, including Secretary of State for War John Profumo (Ian McKellen). When the affair becomes public, scandal tears through the government and threatens the lifestyles - and even the freedom - of those involved.
Superb cast in a beautifully restored Blu-Ray edition of a modern classic
- Scandal review by MW
Like many people, I eagerly awaited each weekly edition of the recent 6-part BBC series 'The Trial of Christine Keeler' which told the story of the Profumo scandal in great detail. This prompted me to revisit the movie version from 1989 via Cinema Paradiso and I found (was it a coincidence?) that it was scheduled for re-release in HD on Blu-Ray. It was so long since I'd seen the film that I'd forgotten most things about it apart from the iconic poster featuring the lead actress Joanne Whalley-Kilmer. It turned out to be a real treat with superb performances from not just the leading lady but also a majestic John Hurt as Stephen Ward, a surprisingly British-sounding Bridget Fonda as Mandy Rice-Davies, the ever-impressive Sir Ian McKellen as John Profumo and a galaxy of other significant actors of the time. Condensed into 2 hours, the story must inevitably be pared down but all of the main features are there, beautifully shot with at times quite stunning HD restoration. All in all, highly recommended.