Kill the Messenger

Kill the Messenger

DVD - 2015
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A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine.
Audience: OFRB rating: 14A.
Publisher: Toronto : Entertainment One, 2015.
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Kill
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : digital, sound, colour ; 12 cm
Language Note: In English with French and Spanish subtitles.
Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Jun 09, 2019

JeremyR is great. This is supposed to be based on a true story. It would be nice to also know the government's side of the story but since that's unlikely, just enjoy this story for what it is. The story is about an unjust topic - good people trying to do good but the right solution isn't always simple. Life isn't always binary. Drug dealers continue to prosper while using loopholes in the legal system to stay free. Governments are trying to turn a loophole into a positive. Good? Bad? Take this as a thought provoking story then use this insight when you research the candidates you vote for in future elections.

Mar 23, 2019

Directed by Michael Cuesta in 2014 based on the book of the same name by Nick Schou and the book "Dark Alliance" by Gary Webb, this American docudrama delves into the CIA involvement in Contra cocaine trafficking.
It clearly depicts the wrongdoing of the CIA, which has set up a hell of lots of conflicts and troubles in the past all over the world.
If you want to know the shadows of the US government, this is a must-see.

Dec 03, 2018

Really good movie about the investigations of a journalist into the covert operations of the CIA in Central America during the 1980s. It kind of peters off towards the end but is still worth watching to see what happens. Outstanding performance by Jeremy Renner.

Sep 20, 2018

Great true story about print journalist Gary Webb the first reporter to discover and expose the Iran-Contra scandal. Unfortunately, for all his hard work the CIA treated him and his family to threats and defamation for years. The acting is wonderful with a superb cast and the storyline is jaw dropping.

Jul 03, 2018

The script closely follows Gary Webb's book "Dark Alliance" and Jeremy Renner does a great job in the lead role. The tragic failure of Gary Webb's colleagues to stand by him when his story was threatened, and this tendency has only accelerated in the last twenty years. Journalism today has not just strayed from the path of righteousness but has transformed into nothing more than propaganda.

Sep 09, 2017

Excellent movie, but you need to pay attention to pick up on everything. Seems like the CIA feels like they can get by with a lot in the best interest of the US. I wonder if they can get the same results without hurting American citizens.

Sep 07, 2017

An incendiary condemnation of twisted politics, collusion, and ultimately public apathy, director Michael Cuesta’s factual drama follows Webb from U.S. courtrooms to Central American prisons blending linear narrative with brief flashbacks to underscore his points. With Webb’s life threatening to unravel and his colleagues developing cold feet you realize this is not going to be a neat and tidy journalistic coup in the manner of "All the President’s Men" but rather a real life Goliath tale in which the giant proves to be bigger than David imagined.

Aug 20, 2016

Excellent movie about a courageous journalist, Gary Webb who dared to tell the truth about the CIA's drug smuggling operations that led to the crack cocaine epidemic in the U.S. Unfortunately truth tellers often do so at their own peril. I'm especially incensed at the smear campaigns of the main stream media; LA Times, NY Times and Washington Post. Hmmm... wonder what their agenda was? Washington Post still trying to vilify him so many years later. If you're reading these corporate rags then please look for alternative news sources that actually print the truth and not lies and deception. Realize that corruption is endemic in the CIA, pretty sure they are conducting the same shady operations. I did some research on Gary Webb, don't want to reveal anything for those that haven't watched the movie, but it is further evidence of the dirtiness of the CIA. Check out's article on Webb.

Aug 11, 2016

Didn't know anything about this movie until I saw it but I remember hearing conversations about the 'drug war on South Central' when I was living in Los Angeles.
Didn't realize this was a fact based movie but enjoyed it tremendously; especially with Jeremy Renner in the title role; Highly recommend this movie.

Apr 22, 2016

Sad to report that it is generally true that you can't fight city hall, let alone the C.I.A, and "you" were just a reporter from a small regional newspaper like San Jose's Mercury News. Well acted, fast pace gripping thriller that dug into the CIA-Contra cocaine trade for arms connection. A balanced write up can be found in Wiki:

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Apr 22, 2016

CIA agent: What you want to say happened, never happened.
Gary: Then why am I here?
CIA agent: American kids... were going to die in that war.
Gary: American kids did die. They're still dying. Just not the ones you care about, apparently.
Lawyer: Mr. Blandon... how much money did you take in from cocaine sales while you were working for the U.S. government? One and a half billion dollars.
Blandon: That's correct.
Lawyer: What did you do with that money?
Blandon: We made so much money we had to keep an apartment just to keep the cash. It was floor to ceiling dollars. We had to rotate the money from the top to the bottom... to prevent mold from coming on the money from the humidity.

Apr 22, 2016

Gary: But I think that's what good investigative reporting does. It ruffles feathers. But I was never fired. And my editors never threw me under the bus. And that's because I never wrote anything until now... that really mattered to a lot of people. Mattered in a scary way. I'm not going to take it back. Make nice to save my job. Because I thought my job... Sorry. I thought my job was to tell the public the truth. The facts, pretty or not. And let the publishing of those facts... make a difference... in how people look at things. At themselves, at what they stand for. That's shame on me. This is the only thing I ever wanted to do. And for a while...a long while, it was an honor.

Apr 22, 2016

Cullen: It's all lies and corruption, Gary. You become attracted to the power, then you become addicted to the power... then you're devoured by the power.
Gary: Your thing and my thing, are they connected? Are they the same?
Cullen: Yes. They are the same. ... Nobody wants to hear your sad story, Gary.
Gary: You can go on record.
Cullen: And end up dead? No.
Gary: Then why are you here?
Cullen: I'm confessing. Who else am I going to tell?
It's not what you can prove, it's what people say they remember. Your word against theirs.

Apr 22, 2016

Weil: You're going to make your bones on this.
Gary: This is a true story.
Weil: My friend, some stories are just too true to tell.
Weil: I was you once. Gary, I started down this road. Though nowhere near as far as you are. When they saw... I wasn't gonna stop, they 'controversialized' me. Do you have any idea what I'm talking about? They make you the story. And you have a history of schizophrenia, you're a liar, you're a beat your dog... you're a pedophile - it doesn't matter if none of it's true. The point is... no one remembers what you found. They remember you... and you're nuts. You cease to exist. ... Remember, you get the most flak... when you're right above the target. That's when they empty all their guns into you. When you're about to drop a bomb on the on the Kremlin... Or in this case, the Central Intelligence Agency.

Apr 22, 2016

The Reagan years on Contra and Cocaine:

The Reagan administration is spending billions on two wars..the war on drugs at home and the struggle for. Nicaragua abroad. If we do not act decisively in defense of freedom... new Cubas will arise from the ruins of today's conflicts. We will consult closely with the Freedom Fighters. "The anti-communist rebels known as the "contras”... an army founded and funded by the CIA.

Crack cocaine... a drug epidemic unlike any that's ever probably existed in the history of the world. For five dollars, you can begin the process of addicting people. Waging the war on drugs has one hundred billion dollars over the last ten years. The crack trade has triggered a spasm of gang warfare in south-central L.A... and DEA agents are swarming throughout.

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