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The Fifth Estate

This drama is based on the life of Julian Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), the founder of WikiLeaks. The film focuses on the relationship between him and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and how the success of their websites leads to the failure of their friendship. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 128
Theater Release: 18 Oct 2013
Video Release: 28 Jan 2014
MPAA Rating: R
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Learn more about WikiLeaks, and the real Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg.

The movie is based on Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s book,Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, as well asWikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by David Leigh and Luke Harding.

Julian Assange corresponded with actor Benedict Cumberbatch earlier in 2013 about the production of this movie. Assange has also posted a detailed list of issues he has with this movie and why the film, from WikiLeaks’ perspective, is “irresponsible, counterproductive and harmful.” (Scroll past the script to the bottom of this lengthy page.)

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