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A Private War

  • Drama
  • War
  • 2018
  • Matthew Heineman
  • 110 mins
  • 15

Summary

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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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Rosamund Pike dons the trademark eye-patch of ill-fated war reporter Marie Colvin in this blistering biographical portrait exploring a life spent amid the carnage of the world's troubled hot spots - and the psychological impact of witnessing so much suffering. Pike digs deep in the most challenging role of her career, convincing us as a battle-hardened professional, and providing a remarkably convincing rendition of Colvin's gravelly, tobacco-ravaged voice. Coming from a documentary background, director Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land, City of Ghosts) creates a series of thoroughly believable war-torn locales doubling for Sri Lanka and Syria, and underlines how Colvin's dedication to getting the story out ultimately proved an unsustainable addiction to risk. Jamie Dornan as her gung-ho but loyal cameraman, and Tom Hollander's ever-demanding editor fill out a significant story, which ultimately proves heroic and tragic at the same time. Heineman's first fiction film also proves to be a worthwhile dramatic complement to the searingly authentic Under the Wire, the 2018 feature documentary tracing Colvin's endeavours under bombardment from the Assad military.

Credits

Cast

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Marie ColvinRosamund Pike
Paul ConroyJamie Dornan
Tony ShawStanley Tucci
Sean RyanTom Hollander
ZoeAlexandra Moen
Norm CoburnCorey Johnson
GaddafiRaad Rawi
Adam WatkinsHilton McRae
Remi OchlikJeremie Laheurte

Crew

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DirectorMatthew Heineman

Details

Theatrical distributor
Altitude
Released on
2019-02-15
Languages
English
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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