Kill the Messenger (2014)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 54 mins

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Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, this film takes place in the mid 1990s, when Webb uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the U.S. that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the Country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series "Dark Alliance". As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family and his life.

Cast: Jena Sims, Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick

Crew: Michael Cuesta (Director), Sean Bobbitt (Director of Photography), Nathan Johnson (Music Director)

Rating: A (India)

Genres: Crime, Drama, Biography

Release Dates: 17 Oct 2014 (India)

Tagline: Can you keep a national secret?

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Did you know? Before director Michael Cuesta signed on to Kill the Messenger, Spike Lee expressed interest in directing the film. Read More
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as Quails Girlfriend
as Gary Webb
as Ronald J Quail
as San Jose Mercury News Editor
as Norwin Meneses
as Russell Dodson
as DEA Agent Jones
as Doug Farah
as DEA Agent Miller
as DEA Agent
as Ricky Ross Trial Judge
as Rich Kline
as Sacramento Journalist
as Marc Mansfield
as Guard
as Anna Simons
as Eric Webb
as Fred Weil
as Jerry Ceppos
as Christine Webb
as Coral Baca
as Female Anchor
as Richard Zuckerman
as LA Sheriff
as Sue Webb
as Anonymous Agent
as Los Angeles Times Editor
as Bob
as Alan Fenster
as Danilo Blandon


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Can you keep a national secret?
First movie trailer released on May 29, 2014.

Second movie trailer released on September 8, 2014.

Jeremy Renner was initially in talks to star as political whistle-blower, Julian Assange in 2013's The Fifth Estate. Renner ultimately declined the part and moved forward with Kill the Messenger instead.

Director Michael Cuesta calls Kill The Messenger "Jeremy Renner's greatest performance since The Hurt Locker."

Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise were in talks to play the role of Gary Webb at different points in the early production stages of Kill the Messenger.

Michael Cuesta directed Jeremy Renner in the 2005 movie "12 and Holding"

Before director Michael Cuesta signed on to Kill the Messenger, Spike Lee expressed interest in directing the film.

Movie poster released on May 28, 2014.