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A Private War (2018)

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One of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time, Marie Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontline of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless.

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Matthew Heineman

Writers:

Arash Amel, Marie Brenner (based on the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin's Private War" by)
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosamund Pike ... Marie Colvin
Greg Wise ... Professor David Irens
Alexandra Moen ... Zoe
Tom Hollander ... Sean Ryan
Faye Marsay ... Kate Richardson
Jesuthasan Antonythasan ... Thamilselvan
Raman Srinivasan Raman Srinivasan ... Tamil Group Leader
Natasha Jayetileke ... Sri Lankan Nurse
Nikki Amuka-Bird ... Rita Williams
Amanda Drew Amanda Drew ... Amy Bentham
Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Adam Watkins
Fady Elsayed ... Mourad
Tristan Tait Tristan Tait ... US Public Affairs Officer
Corey Johnson ... Norm Coburn
Jamie Dornan ... Paul Conroy
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In a world where journalism is under attack, Marie Colvin (Rosamund Pike) is one of the most celebrated war correspondents of our time. Colvin is an utterly fearless and rebellious spirit, driven to the frontlines of conflicts across the globe to give voice to the voiceless, while constantly testing the limits between bravery and bravado. After being hit by a grenade in Sri Lanka, she wears a distinctive eye patch and is still as comfortable sipping martinis with London's elite as she is confronting dictators. Colvin sacrifices loving relationships, and over time, her personal life starts to unravel as the trauma she's witnessed takes its toll. Yet, her mission to show the true cost of war leads her -- along with renowned war photographer Paul Conroy (Jamie Dornan) -- to embark on the most dangerous assignment of their lives in the besieged Syrian city of Homs. Written by Aviron Pictures

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The Most Powerful Weapon is the Truth

Genres:

Biography | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent images, language throughout, and brief sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Private War See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,491, 4 November 2018, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,633,208, 24 January 2019
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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

In a piece for Harper's Bazaar dated 4 December 2018, war correspondent Janine di Giovanni, who knew Marie Colvin, writes critically of the film: "There were no good guys at the Sunday Times, where Colvin worked, who cared for her well-being. There were instead editors who wanted scoops at the expense of the safety of their reporters. Colvin had many friends in London, but none of them were similar to the Bridget Jones-style girlfriend character (portrayed by Nikki Amuka-Bird) in the film. Her last boyfriend was not a caring and loving Stanley Tucci but rather a man who gave her immense heartache and distress. There were no 'heads on sticks' in Bosnia, as the character meant to be Colvin's first husband, Patrick Bishop, says in one of the opening scenes (heads were on sticks in Chechnya). Colvin's second husband, Juan Carlos Gumucio, is erased from the script altogether, though he played an important role in her life." Although positive about Rosamund Pike's performance, she recommends that her readers watch the documentary Bearing Witness (2005) instead. See more »

Goofs

Colvin's smoking sometimes does not sync - holding, inhales, exhales. See more »

Quotes

Marie Colvin: I see it, so you don't have to.
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Soundtracks

Requiem for a Private War
Written & Performed by Annie Lennox
Produced by Annie Lennox & H. Scott Salinas
Mixed by Casey Stone, c.a.s.
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I'm split in half between acting and the story.
27 January 2019 | by pavlemc95See all my reviews

If I was to rate this movie based on acting alone, Pike takes it to at least an Oscar nominee. BUT (it is a really big but) I simply cannot ignore everything else. This is real war propaganda, I mean it is strange how the movie speaks about the horrors of war yet only one side contributes to the horror and makes you want to celebrate the same war that the 'good' side is waging. Being informed about the wars in most of the countries and even living in one that was invaded by Nato... i just simply cant help getting sick of watching movies like this.

I mean she is with soldiers in that building that got hit and yet claims on live tv how there is no military target in that area?????? wtf.


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