The Whistle Blower

The Whistle Blower

Simon Langton (1986)

PG Certificate


Our Score
In a low-key but very satisfying thriller, Michael Caine investigates the mysterious death of his son, Nigel Havers, who worked as a Russian translator at Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Caine is tremendously convincing as the Korean War veteran (which he is in real life) who now feels betrayed by his country, as his search leads him along the corridors of power peopled by such posh types as James Fox and John Gielgud. Eschewing the usual thrills, the picture creates a totally plausible and undeniably creepy world of whispers and a seemingly impenetrable wall of class privilege and secrecy.


Translator Robert Jones is convinced he has discovered a conspiracy inside British intelligence, but no sooner does he voice his fears than he dies in suspicious circumstances. His father determines to uncover the truth about his death, but he unearths secrets during his investigation that destroy his faith in the government. Thriller, with Michael Caine, Nigel Havers, James Fox and John Gielgud.

Cast & Crew

Frank Jones Michael Caine
Lord James Fox
Robert Jones Nigel Havers
Sir Adrian Chapple John Gielgud
Cynthia Goodburn Felicity Dean
Charles Greig Barry Foster
Bruce Gordon Jackson
Bill Pickett Kenneth Colley
Government minister David Langton
Rose Dinah Stabb
Dodgson Bill Wallis
Director Simon Langton
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains some violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD