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Wed, Nov 22, 2017 12:59 PM

Live Poll: The Movies That Knew Too Much

"The answer is my friend, is blowin' the whistle..."

Steven Spielberg's upcoming (and anticipated) The Post seems like a solid companion to famous whistlebowing-themed movies like recent Best Picture winner Spotlight or the classic All the President's Men. Tom Hanks even reprised the role of Ben Bradlee that earned Jason Robards an Oscar in 1977.

There is a reason why whisteblowing movies are so inspirational (and a bit Oscar-baity), they deal with the struggles of everyday heroes or heroines, fictional or real, triumphant or tragic who had the courage to jeopardize their lives by revealing hidden injustices, unveling shocking scandals or asking controversial questions... here's one that won't be too controversial for once.

Which of these whistlebowing movies is your favorite?

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls027532706/

http://www.imdb.com/poll/KV8jVzJdm5o/

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3 years ago

ya' killin' me elmo...choose between these?...seriously?....

i own most of these...these are some of my favorite movies (and you could add 'the paper' as well)...

i do have to vote for 'all the president's men' considering it is my second favorite movie of all time...but 'network'...'good night and good luck'...'the china syndrome'...'serpico'...

just suggest to everybody to purchase this list and visit some desert island that has electricity (or at least a professor that can run your dvd player from a coconut)...

it's brilliant...nice one...

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Thanks, Rocky, I agree it's a real A-list of movies.
But wasn't "The Paper" dealing about a criminal cases with two young black kids wronfully accused of a murder, or was that just a subplot and the film dealt with something else, I saw the movie only once and it was like 20 years ago (I only remember the cute little photograph who wanted to get the perfect shot of the two kids and her frantic joy when she did, Marisa Tomei being pregnant and Glenn Close getting a bullet in her leg)

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not to give the plot away for people who haven't seen it yet, but...(here's where you stick your fingers in your ears and sing 'la-la-la' if you don't want to know)...o.k...but...

they blamed the two black kids that were caught (and also quite innocent), essentially because it was a police cover-up to assure the tourist trade that new york was safe again...not as heavy or as real-life as 'serpico', but hey...it's michael keaton, as brilliant as always, in a role that's not too dissimilar to his role in 'spotlight'...

it also happens to be one of my top five favorite movies of all time...(not that that should matter...)

cheers my friend...and happy thanksgiving as well...

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Thanks Rocky, I'll try to find the movie, I remember I enjoyed it a lot, I saw it with my father as a kid. And Michael Keaton is quite an underrated actor.

Besides, your suggestion reminded me of another one (but I didn't like it much, not the ending anyway, it's City Hall)

We don't celebrate it here but I wish we did, Happy Thanksgiving!

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I second 'The Paper.' It's a great movie that I do think falls under the "whistleblower" theme. In addition to the police cover-up and political corruption that a few journalists blow the whistle on, these journalists also fight for their newspaper's integrity.

I had been working on a similar list but your title is so much better than what I had. 'Magnificent title!

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3 years ago

Excellent idea. The Insider was the first to come to mind.

FYC:
The Informer!
The Whistleblower (2010)
The Fifth Estate
The Harder They Fall
The Firm
The Constant Gardener
Michael Clayton
Breach
Fair Game
Dick
The Nasty Girl
The Whistle Blower (1986)
The Parallax View
Kill the Messenger

If you want to include The Post, I suggest moving it to the end and saying "I'll wait until I see The Post before making my choice" since it's not coming out for almost two months

Do you feel like when people are voting on this they will give more weight to the true stories? That just popped into my head, for some reason.

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I added many of your suggestions but if you saw any of them, can you re-evaluate whether they fit the description or not. Reading all their summaries, I thought some were more about the aftermath or a whistleblowing of had main characters dealing with whistleblowers rather being about the one who 'blows the whislte'.

The only one I saw is Bogart's last movie "The Harder They Fall"  the film is more about the corruption in the sports business but (SPOILER ALERT) it's only at the end that Bogart starts writing his exposé.

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As for the true story question, I'm not sure it adds to the film's significance whether it's based on a true story or not as long as  the problem it deals with is very relevant... besides, many fictions are actually fictionalizations of real-life events.

Oh, and I just forgot to add "Dallas Buyers Club"

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'breach' was an excellent movie...good choice jen...

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The Informer! I was referring to is the farce starring Matt Damon, directed by Steven Soderbergh, from 2009.

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3 years ago

As rocky said above, choose between these?! There are so many great films here. I have it narrowed down to three: All the President's Men, Norma Rae, or Silkwood. All three are among my favorite films ever and probably in that order. 'Such a great list.

May I suggest two little edits to the intro? (The intro, which, per usual, is a great one.)

There is a reason why whisteblowing movies are so inspirational (and a bit Oscar-baity): they deal with the struggles of everyday heroes or heroines, fictional or real, triumphant or tragic, who had the courage to jeopardize their lives by revealing hidden injustices, unveling shocking scandals or asking controversial questions... here's one that won't be too controversial for once.

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Also, the question says "whistlebowing".

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Which of these whistlebowing movies is your favorite?

"Whistlebowing" is an interesting typo. This sounds like an unusual kind of archery. :-)

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Oh no, I just realized that The Paper, Michael Clayton, and On the Waterfront are also on the list. I thought I had it narrowed it down to three but now... like rocky said, "ya killin' me Elmo," lol. I'm going to have to wait to see how the votes are distributed and then vote to make it a little easier. :) 'Amazing list of films.

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3 years ago

Maybe that the movie "L'enquête" (2014 - English title: The Clearstream Affair) is not well know outside french speaking countries but I think that it can be in your list. :)

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Thanks for suggesting this. I didn't know about this film but now it's on my watchlist. 

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"The answer is my friend, is blowin' the whistle..."

Shouldn't the first 'is' be removed?

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Also:

There is a reason why whistle-blowing movies...

...companion to famous whistleblowing-themed movies...

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Wow, I went all dyslexian on that one, thanks for pointing out all the typos :)

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3 years ago

Yippee, Elmo, on another great live poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/KV8jVzJdm5o/?ref_=po_fp And yay for whistleblowers and movies about them. :) 

And I think you should teach classes on how to title polls, lol. 

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Thanks ruby,
That's actually the best part of the poll suggestion, you wouldn't believe how many polls I've suggested on the basis of the fun title they'd make :)
I didn't expect Spotlight to be so popular with the votes, given how many strong contenders (and classics) were on the list

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3 years ago

I've always liked All the President's Men, but it's interesting to consider how the publisher Katharine Graham was absent from that film (allegedly cut from the script) when she is the lead in The Post.

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I've never thought of that, talk about gender-biased revisionism :) (or "malewashing"?)... ironically, the role that won an Oscar for Best Actress was of a TV journalism executive (Faye Dunaway in Network) well, journalism of the sleazy sort but a women in power nonetheless.

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It's like All the Publisher's Men ...

IMDb's trivia says Lauren Bacall was considered to appear as Graham, can you imagine? And also Geraldine Page.

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3 years ago

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3 years ago

"The Silence Breakers" are Time Magazine's People of the Year. You could add this to your intro as it's pretty directly the same topic...

http://time.com/time-person-of-the-year-2017-silence-breakers-choice/