The Whistle Blower

  • 1986
  • Movie
  • PG
  • Spy

Despite a superb performance from the incredibly prolific Michael Caine, THE WHISTLE BLOWER is a ponderous affair that, while intellectually interesting, fails miserably on a cinematic level. The slow, confusing, and convoluted opening introduces widower Caine, a Korean War veteran, patriot, and struggling business machine salesman who launches a one-man...read more

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Despite a superb performance from the incredibly prolific Michael Caine, THE WHISTLE BLOWER is a ponderous affair that, while intellectually interesting, fails miserably on a cinematic level. The slow, confusing, and convoluted opening introduces widower Caine, a Korean War veteran,

patriot, and struggling business machine salesman who launches a one-man investigation into the mysterious death of his son (Havers), an idealistic young man who worked as a Russian translator at GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), British intelligence's listening center. The further he

digs, the more it becomes apparent that the British government sanctioned the murder of his son because he was about to blow the whistle on the sordid operations of the agency. Because Americans are more used to cinematic portrayals of government involvement in corruption, deceit, and conspiracy,

THE WHISTLE BLOWER seems strangely uninvolving. Bond's script and Langton's direction are so very proper, restrained, and subdued that the viewer has trouble maintaining much interest in revelations that should really be news to no one. Not that every spy movie needs James Bond-type action to be

successful, but THE WHISTLE BLOWER is mainly dialogue with little visual nuance. As is typical of British productions, the film is brimming with fine acting.

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  • Released: 1986
  • Rating: PG
  • Review: Despite a superb performance from the incredibly prolific Michael Caine, THE WHISTLE BLOWER is a ponderous affair that, while intellectually interesting, fails miserably on a cinematic level. The slow, confusing, and convoluted opening introduces widower C… (more)

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