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Directed by Michael Caton-Jones
Produced by Stephen Woolley
Written by Michael Thomas
Starring John Hurt
Joanne Whalley
Bridget Fonda
Ian McKellen
Music by Carl Davis
Cinematography Mike Molloy
Editing by Angus Newton
Distributed by Palace Pictures
Miramax Films (USA)
Release date(s) 3 March, 1989
Running time 115 min. (UK)
106 min (US)
111 min (Canada)
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Scandal (1989) is a British drama film, a fictionalised account of the Profumo Affair. Starring Joanne Whalley as Christine Keeler and John Hurt as Stephen Ward, personalities at the heart of the affair, the film details the scandal which in 1963 rocked the government of UK Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and may have contributed to the defeat of the ruling Conservative Party at the following year's general election. The cast also includes Ian McKellen as John Profumo, Britt Ekland as Mariella Novotny, Bridget Fonda as Mandy Rice-Davies, Leslie Phillips as Lord Astor, and Roland Gift as Johnnie Edgecombe.

The film's theme song "Nothing Has Been Proved" was written and produced by Pet Shop Boys and sung by Dusty Springfield.

The film was screened out of competition at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.[1]




During the orgy scene featured in the film, some claimed that two extras can be seen having unsimulated sex. The British Board of Film Classification investigated the claim. The producers admitted that it was possible that two performers may have got carried away, but the BBFC found that the offending item was an out of focus candlestick. However, the scene was still re-edited to ensure an R rating in the US.


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