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  • Genre: Biography | Crime | Drama | Mystery | Thriller
  • Release Date: 9 October 2014 (Hungary)
  • Runtime: 112 min
  • Filming Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Budget: $5,000,000 (estimated)
  • Gross: $2,445,646 (USA) (5 December 2014)
  • Director: Michael Cuesta
  • Stars: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims |See full cast & crew »
  • Original Music By: Nathan Johnson
  • Soundtrack: Castle In The Air
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: CIA | Smear Campaign | Journalist | Cocaine | Nicaragua

Kill the Messenger (2014) Writing Credits By:

  • Peter Landesman (written by)
  • Gary Webb (book “Dark Alliance”)
  • Nick Schou (book “Kill the Messenger”)

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Kill the Messenger (2014) Story: Based on the True story of Journalist Gary Webb. Kill the Messenger 2014 The 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. Kill the Messenger 2014 that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Kill the Messenger 2014 Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series “Dark Alliance”. Kill the Messenger 2014 As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fueled by the CIA. Kill the Messenger 2014 At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life. Kill the Messenger 2014 Written byMilena Joy Morris

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  • Pamela Abdy known as executive producer
  • Michael Bederman known as executive producer
  • Naomi Despres known as producer
  • Don Handfield known as executive producer
  • Peter Landesman known as executive producer
  • Jeremy Renner known as producer
  • Scott Stuber known as producer

Kill the Messenger (2014) Movie Free Download HD FullCast & Crew:

  • Jeremy Renner known as Gary Webb
  • Robert Patrick known as Ronald J. Kill the Messenger 2014 Quail
  • Jena Sims known as Quail’s Girlfriend
  • Robert Pralgo known as L.A. Kill the Messenger 2014 Sheriff
  • Hajji Golightly known as DEA Agent
  • Ted Huckabee known as Bob
  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead known as Anna Simons
  • Lucas Hedges known as Ian Webb
  • Rosemarie DeWitt known as Sue Webb
  • Matt Lintz known as Eric Webb
  • Parker Douglas known as Christine Webb
  • Kai Schmoll known as Sacramento Journalist
  • Joshua Close known as Rich Kline (as Josh Close)
  • Paz Vega known as Coral Baca
  • Aaron Farb known as Rafael Cornejo
  • Barry Pepper known as Russell Dodson
  • Tom Jordan known as San Francisco Judge
  • Clay Edmund Kraski known as DEA Agent Jones (as Clay Kraski)
  • Yul Vazquez known as Danilo Blandon
  • Tim Blake Nelson known as Alan Fenster
  • Michael Kenneth Williams known as Ricky Ross
  • Kristen Danch-Powell known as Watts Girl
  • Jen Harper known as Ricky Ross Trial Judge
  • Oliver Platt known as Jerry Ceppos
  • Manuel Rodriguez known as Guard
  • Andy Garcia known as Norwin Meneses
  • Brett Rice known as Hansjorg Baier
  • Jonathan Fritschi known as Soldier
  • Michael Sheen known as Fred Weil
  • Gil Bellows known as DEA Agent Miller
  • Steve Coulter known as Anonymous Agent
  • Kenny Alfonso known as Marc Mansfield
  • Dan Futterman known as Leo Wolinsky
  • Susan Walters known as Los Angeles Times Editor
  • Richard Schiff known as Richard Zuckerman
  • David de Vries known as Washington Post Editor
  • David Lee Garver known as Doug Farah
  • Rhoda Griffis known as Female Anchor
  • Andrew Masset known as San Jose Mercury News Editor
  • Brik Berkes known as Outside Counsel
  • E. Kill the Messenger 2014 Roger Mitchell known as Detective
  • Kevin Harrison known as Man in Suit
  • Ray Liotta known as John Cullen
  • Michael H. Kill the Messenger 2014 Cole known as Pete
  • Som Aidoo known as Ricky Ross Henchman (uncredited)
  • David Alessi known as DEA Agent (uncredited)
  • Grace Baine known as Reporter Washington Post (uncredited)
  • Shaira Barton known as DC Business Woman (uncredited)
  • Brie Beckman known as Talk Show Producer (uncredited)
  • Wadette Bradford known as Juror (uncredited)
  • Jimmy Carter known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Medo Cash known as Nicaraguan Contra (uncredited)
  • Dan Caudill known as Cop (uncredited)
  • Paul Chappell known as LA Times Journalist (uncredited)
  • Raul Colon known as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Vinny Costa known as CIA Agent (uncredited)
  • Scot Cregan known as Washington, DC Lobbyist (uncredited)
  • Joe Crosson known as Gang Banger (uncredited)
  • John Deutch known as Himself – Director of CIA (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Orlando Vargas Diaz known as Prison Warden (uncredited)
  • Nathan Ferguson known as Tourist (uncredited)
  • John Fleischmann known as Attorney (uncredited)
  • Georgy Fontanals known as Inmate / Caddy (uncredited)
  • Gerald Ford known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Fred Galle known as LA Journalist (uncredited)
  • Jacob Garcia known as Kidnapper (uncredited)
  • Jeff Glover known as CIA Agent (uncredited)
  • Eduardo Gonzalez known as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Shawn Gonzalez known as Car Passenger (uncredited)
  • Danny Gray known as CIA / Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Danny M. Kill the Messenger 2014 Gray known as Courtroom Sheriff / CIA Agent (uncredited)
  • Chip Gunnell known as San Jose Mercury Journalist (uncredited)
  • Sandra Harrison known as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • Roger Herrera known as Latin America Town Street Vendor (uncredited)
  • Jamie Hodge known as Pedestrian / Car Driver (uncredited)
  • Darien Johnson known as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Jim Keisler known as Washington Post Journalist (uncredited)
  • John Kerry known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • Debi Kimsey known as Wall Street Journalist (uncredited)
  • Jesse Kindred known as Dallas Morning News Journalist (uncredited)
  • King known as Journalist (uncredited)
  • Adam Klein known as San Jose Mercury Journalist (uncredited)
  • Rob Koebel known as San Jose Mercury Reporter (uncredited)
  • Omar Lagudali known as Nicaraguan Villager (uncredited)
  • Marcus LaRon known as Cab Driver (uncredited)
  • Marc-Henry Lazarre known as Gang Member (uncredited)
  • Scott Ledbetter known as Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
  • Dominic M. Kill the Messenger 2014 Lee known as Gang Banger (uncredited)
  • James Lewis known as Jaguar Driver (uncredited)
  • Ryan Lewis known as The Man at Door (uncredited)
  • Trina Lloyd known as Marc Mansfield’s Secretary (uncredited)
  • Daniel T. Kill the Messenger 2014 Martin known as Journalist (uncredited)
  • Anthony R. Kill the Messenger 2014 McClara known as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Trey McGriff known as San Jose Journalist (uncredited)
  • Neal McNeil known as Businessman (uncredited)
  • John Merical known as Hospital Administrtor (uncredited)
  • Mrs. Kill the Messenger 2014 The Diva Nelson known as Prisoner (uncredited)
  • Ryan Nesset known as Journalist at the San Jose Newspaper (uncredited)
  • Richard Nixon known as Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
  • James Northway known as American Van Driver (uncredited)
  • Rasik Ohal known as Precision Driver / Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • David Peavy known as San Jose Mercury News Reporter (uncredited)
  • Jon Douglas Rainey known as Suspicious Man (uncredited)
  • Joel Rogers known as Lawyer (uncredited)
  • Sean Hassan Rogers known as Prisoner Playing Cards (uncredited)
  • Michael Rose known as Jonathan Yarnold (uncredited)
  • Enzo Silva known as Soccer Player (Inmate) (uncredited)
  • Dave Simmons known as Contra General (uncredited)
  • Ron Stafford known as Washington Post Journalist (uncredited)
  • Mike Stoudt known as Dave (uncredited)
  • Craig Sutters known as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Randall Taylor known as Society Director (uncredited)
  • Wenzell Washington known as Gang Member in Car (uncredited)
  • Sabrina C. Kill the Messenger 2014 Williams known as Reporter (uncredited)
  • Melissa Williamson known as Neighbor (uncredited)
  • Eric Word known as Neighborhood Gangsta (uncredited)
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  1. Kansas-5 from United States says:

    I drove 140 miles, round trip, in foreboding weather, to attend thenearest U.S. opening.

    It was well worth it.

    First some context.

    I’ve freelanced for decades, including during a war, successfullyexposed major governmental corruption, weathered concerted retaliationand have been regularly appalled at the weakness of corporate,bureaucratic and political weasels who abandoned ideals,professionalism and integrity, “going along to get along.” I was awareof Webb’s writing and vilification at the time they occurred, in thelate ’90s, but for over 50 years I had a front row seat for evenpre-Nixonian “drug wars” through the “crack epidemic,” genocidalAmerican imperialism, and the treatment of many other reporters whodared challenge the status quo, who had the courage to painfullyexamine the quaint and naive notion of collective national decency.

    Webb’s story, so artfully recounted and performed, was unfortunatelytrue. He was accused of distorting the actuality of Reagan-erahypocrisy, but his reporting was accurate. He never accused the CIA ofintentionally destroying the social fabric of minority communities, butmade it clear that Harlem and Watts and Chicago’s South Side werevictims of “collateral damage,” the inevitable consequences of theabandonment of any pretense of morality ostensibly possessed by theReagan administration.

    Indeed, spurred by new information about the practice of questionableproperty seizures, Webb had once again picked at the scab covering thedecade-old, gangrenous infestation of our government, later welldescribed by Robert Parry in his October 2004 Salon piece, “How Kerryexposed the Contra-cocaine scandal.” To get the story, Webb had exposedhimself to blood curdling danger, both at his own home in the U.S. andon the scene, in Central America.

    Perhaps the worst betrayal of public trust by this film is depicted inrecapitulation of the collective response of the New York Times, theWashington Post and the Los Angeles Times, after being pressured by theCIA and the State Department. The papers’ responded with hyperactiveinvolvement in the personal destruction of Webb’s reporting, reputationand life. Previously. the same papers, pressured by Reaganadministration officials, buried Senator John Kerry’s investigation,and shared subsequent malfeasance in their facilitating the Bush/Cheneyadministration’s illegal and genocidal invasion and occupation of Iraq.

    The NY Times and Post had some odious history themselves. Reporters RayBonner and Alma Guillermoprieto were reassigned to boring beats aftertheir courageous exposure of the incredibly savage El Mozote Massacrein El Salvador.

    There, the U.S. trained, funded and armed Atlacatl Battalion murderedalmost a thousand peasants, largely neutral evangelical Protestants,and mostly women and children, on December 11, 1981. Stanley Miesler’sEl Mozote Case Study, published in the Columbia Journalism Review,exhaustively documented their fates.

    This film captured all those similar disgraceful elements. It needs tobe seen by a wider audience just as it would be wise to make “Dr.Strangelove” part of a core curriculum in the formal education ofAmerican adolescents.

  2. Mek Torres from Los Banos, Laguna, Philippines says:

    To be exact, Kill the Messenger isn’t mainly about the CIA conspiracywhich was exposed in 1996. This is more of Gary Webb’s journey ofunraveling some secrets behind the story and facing the consequences ofrevealing too much classified information to the public. The filmshifts from conspiracy thriller to familial drama to give a clearstatement of what struggles do honest journalists usually get. Thedirection seems to have higher interests when it comes to theconspiracy thriller mode, but when it eases down, it doesn’t have thesame enthusiasm. Thankfully, the star of the film, Jeremy Renner,carries the whole thing, making the overall experience absolutelyengrossing.

    The film isn’t really that straightforward when it comes to itshistorical side, though the first half does have a keen focus onpicking up huge details from one source to another. The film triumphswhen it only stays to that root, taking us to a process of howjournalism works. But that point didn’t get much of the flow, becauseagain the whole message of this film is the danger of getting into thissituation. The other half of the movie concerns Webb’s protection withhis family, while it is important to get to know about his personallife, it sort of feels like a stretched intrusion to what elseinteresting happening. The rest of the story, specifically the effectsof the exposé to the public, remains to be a series of real lifefootage of mobs and interviews. The film comes to life once again whenthey face the actual consequences instead of verbalizing theirparanoia.

    It could have been clunky, but the film totally benefits having JeremyRenner. Even at its weakest scenes, the actor tend to bring real depthand tension, joining the audience to what his role is going through.This performance alone can be an instant recommendation to itsentirety. The direction, as said, seems to spare its energy more on theinvestigation and suspense, which could have been straightforward inreporting the facts and putting the melodrama to the sidelines. Thecraft is solid as well, there are some strong production and stunningshots to be found.

    Kill the Messenger is more ambitious in its sentiments of valuing thetruth and going against political corruption, but it doesn’t satisfyenough to reporting its history, especially when the movie is reallygood at depicting it. It just eventually becomes a cautionary film forjournalists about exposing a vulnerable truth, showing us the maincharacter and his family possibly at risk after what he has done. Itworks when it finally acknowledges that the government is now theirenemy and building suspense behind Webb’s back, but when it focuses tothe drama of his personal life, it doesn’t seem to fit on the pieces,however whatever made it still thoroughly watchable, again, is theacting of Renner. This is the type of merit that steals much of thevalue of the film, even if it’s flawed in storytelling, the appeal justkeeps on going.

  3. phd_travel from United States says:

    This is a true story about a San Jose Mercury News journalist who wrotearticles about the CIA and cocaine being brought into California inorder to fund contras in Nicaragua. Good to see the journalist’sdifficulties in exposing big issues. In the light of all the whistleblowing of recent days it’s interesting to see the earlier cases thatdidn’t have the media explosion of today.

    It’s told in a matter of fact way. There is a familiar cast who don’thave too big personalities so they are believable. Jeremy Renner suitsthe role well your typical everyman against the establishment. MaryElizabeth Winstead is good too – not to glamorous but watchable.

    After watching this movie it makes one want to read up further into allsides of the story like did the Washington Post attack the journalistrather than further investigate the issue and how much of the CIA’sinvolvement is fact vs fiction.

  4. John Harrington from SLC, Utah says:

    Partial spoiler alert.

    See this film. As an investigative reporter that worked on a connectedaspect of this entire saga (we exposed one of the CIA drug/arms pilotsand how he was indicted in San Diego, only to get off scott-free livingin New Zealand), I saw this unfold in real time when Gary Webb’s owneditor Jerry Ceppos (spoiler here) reversed course and betrayed him atthe San Jose Mercury News.

    This film will anger and depress even the most casual viewer. However,for an investigative reporter who has never gotten over what happenedto Webb, the only positive takeaway – besides the fact that Webb wasright and he could have gone further – is that the world can now seeCeppos for what he is.

    The worm went into academia and is out there still lecturing on”journalistic ethics” – which, as the term applies to him, is theultimate oxymoron.

    Considering how convoluted the entire saga was and remains to this day- this film is done in an extraordinary fashion. Renner is Oscar worthyhere. The cast is outstanding.

  5. jdesando from United States says:

    “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionaryact.” Winston Churchill

    Gary Webb suffered greatly for writing about the CIA’s enabling drugselling on US streets to fund the Nicaraguan contras in the ’90’s. As asincere but flawed muckraker, he pursued the truth writing for the SanJose Mercury News and, naturally, incurred the wrath of the feds.

    While nothing is surprising given the fame of the incident, directorMichael Cuesta approaches this “inspired-by” biopic also as a thrillerwith dramatic underpinnings. The film allows us to be caught up in thedrama of a reporter catching a big one, only to have the fish the sizeof Moby Dick. As Webb tries to hold on to his family, despite warningsthey are vulnerable, we go deeper with him into the frustrations ofcowardly colleagues and questionable contacts, who stand ready tocompromise the integrity of his series called Dark Alliance.

    The specter of All the President’s Men haunts most stories aboutidealistic journalists, and it is no different here. Webb is adedicated, overzealous journalist who seeks the truth while fulfillinghis natural-born inclination to cause trouble. As such, his publisher,Jerry Ceppos (Oliver Platt), must deal with the CIA’s and prominentnews organizations’ allegations about Webb’s uneven reporting, whichjeopardizes the reputation of his newspaper because of his sometimesquestionable conclusions from dicey sources and the incendiary natureof the allegations, including how much money actually made it to thecontras or how large the drug operations were.

    After all Webb’s investigations, nothing is more explosive than hisallegations that this cocaine trafficking was responsible for the crackcrisis in large cities like Los Angeles. Major newspapers like The NewYork Times went after Webb and his imperfect reporting. His editorsaid, “We couldn’t support some of the statements that had been made.”

    Eventually Webb committed suicide even though the CIA had admittedinvolvement or at least knowledge of the trafficking. The pursuit oftruth for reporters is not easy, nor has the well-known adage ofkilling the messenger abated in the least. This film is as exciting asany thriller, and just as depressing.

  6. bbickley13-921-58664 says:

    It was a movie that made me think, as it involved a different angle toa subject that I knew something about.

    The trailer suggest that the movie is about the true story of GaryWebb’s article that suggest the CIA were evolved with drug dealing as away to fund a war in the 1980’s, but as the title of the moviedescribed the people read the article and ran with their ownconspiracies which lead to a CIA cover up that lead to Webb’s downwardspiral.

    It is an Intriguing tell of a journalist trying to keep his integritywhile forces were trying to ruin it to keep their own.

    Jeremy Renner drove his acting vehicle well, not well enough in myopinion to win an Oscar or anything, but it proves that he can headlineanything.

    Definitely a good movie to sit through.

  7. graupepillard from NYC and Keyport, NJ says:

    I try to see every one of Jeremy Renner’s films after his greatperformance in Kathryn Bigelow’s THE HURT LOCKER where he played aSergeant in Iraq dismantling IED’s (improvised explosive devices) inthe dusty, tension filled streets of Baghdad. I will never forget ascene in the shower, water pouring over his bloodied body slowlyslumping down to the ground, tears mixing in with the wet spray thatwas bathing his body; an attempt to cleanse his psyche of the horrorsof warfare. In KILL THE MESSENGER directed by Michael Cuesta, based ona true story, Renner is in another descent – one that is politicallydriven – in an intense performance as Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Webb,an investigative journalist for the San Jose Mercury News writing aseries entitled “Dark Alliance” on the CIA’s drug dealing connection tothe “Contras” in the war in Nicaragua in the 1980’s. “…Webbinvestigated Nicaraguans linked to the CIA-backed Contras who hadsmuggled cocaine into the U.S. Their smuggled cocaine was distributedas crack cocaine in Los Angeles, with the profits funneled back to theContras. Webb also alleged that this influx of Nicaraguan-suppliedcocaine sparked, and significantly fueled, the widespread crack cocaineepidemic that swept through many U.S. cities during the 1980s.According to Webb, the CIA was aware of the cocaine transactions andthe large shipments of drugs into the U.S. by Contra personnel. Webbcharged that the Reagan administration shielded inner-city drug dealersfrom prosecution in order to raise money for the Contras, especiallyafter Congress passed the Boland Amendment, which prohibited directContra funding…” (Wikipedia)

    In this film we see the backlash to Webb’s reporting includingcorrespondents from the mighty NY Times, The LA Times and TheWashington Post who had glazed over the story in their own papers; thetragic manipulation of facts in order to destroy the veracity of Webb’scoverage of events. We view the absence of San Jose Mercury News’editorial support at critical moments in Webb’s heroic scrutiny of theresearch; the Reagan Administration’s financing of a war through drugtrafficking pitting “truth vs. power”; the perversion of principle tothe needs of “security” on the backs of the South Central Los Angelescommunity. One does not need to “kill the messenger” with bullets – onecan do so through the media attacking the person not the story underthe potent pressure of the government.

    KILL THE MESSENGER attempts to portray Gary Webb in his domestic,familial role as a loving though humanly “flawed” father of 3 children,with a supportive loving wife (the beautiful actor Rosemarie De Witt)all in danger and threatened by Webb’s probing into the murkiness ofpolitical sludge – the undisclosed secrets of the inner workings ofgovernment aired out inviting dirty revenge. This is also a David vs.Goliath tale – a lone person who in his “innocence” believes in theunveiling of the machinations of authority through the pen and thejudiciousness of our legal system.

    The portrait of Gary Webb is a tenacious and vivid study of idealism inthe fight for the unearthing of corruption. I left the theater saddenedand disheartened, but at the same time hopeful for those rareindividuals who are fearless enough to stand up for what they believewhen their support system has been paralyzed. Hard to do! They merit mydeepest respect and admiration.

  8. Michael Yu from United States says:

    “National security and crack cocaine in the same sentence. Does thatnot sound strange to you?” Kill The Messenger dives into an intense andimportant, often forgotten, segment of history. That being said, as thetitle implies, the film ultimately centralizes around reporter GaryWebb (Jeremy Renner) and what happens to him when he comes across thisshocking discovery. With strong performances by the cast and a clearfocus by the director, the film comes out shaky in a few parts butoverall provides a riveting and respectful look at this man’s life.

    Jeremy Renner is the star of this story, and he performs excellently.Renner fully commits into becoming Webb. Besides decently looking likethe real Webb physically, he captures a wide range of emotions that theman would have faced – from being a cool reporter to a struggling andscared husband and father. Some characters do not impress as much intheir performances, but Renner is able to carry the lead role wellenough to support the film.

    The cinematography and visuals fit the tone of the film very well.Stylized heavily with its colors and the other external footage ituses, the film gives off an aged and exciting feel, similar to othermovies from past decades. What ties it all together though is its clearfocus. Director Michael Cuesta has a clear goal of what he wants thefilm to be about – Gary Webb. While not all the scenes succeed incontributing to that, the majority of it is cohesive enough to letaudiences understand the characters without losing the intensity andaction of the larger picture – the cocaine smuggling.

    With its commendable technical aspects and the important subject itdeals with, Kill The Messenger is definitely a film worth seeing.Jeremy Renner and the director together bring a lot to the film, andwhile it’s not entirely superb, it gives a good two hours ofentertainment that means something, especially today. RATING: [8/10]

  9. clg238 from United States says:

    “Kill the Messenger” is both a very gripping film and an importantfilm. Even though I know what our government was up to in those days(as if things have changed), I could hardly breathe, anticipating whatwould come next in the movie. My only concern about the film is thespeculation that those who are ignorant of what occurred in those dayswould grasp that the money from drug sales went to buy weapons (it wasalmost glossed over). The acting in this film is superb, with oneexception (the person who played Coral Baca–way overdone and notconvincing). Knowing that the film is based on true events gives itamazing heft. I think it’s an unforgettable portrayal of how ourgovernment can go astray–it’s history but also a warning for those ofus who have been demoralized by the current state of politics and whotend to trust certain names in the media. The film should be requiredviewing by every member of Congress, by every high school student, bythose who call themselves journalists.

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