Kill the Messenger (2014)

Kill the Messenger (2014)
  • Time: 112 min
  • Genre: Biography | Crime | Drama
  • Director: Michael Cuesta
  • Cast: Jeremy Renner, Michael Sheen, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Robert Patrick, Jena Sims


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 into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.

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  • “National security and crack cocaine in the same sentence. Does that not sound strange to you?” Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) wonders in Kill the Messenger, an engrossing look at the journalist who uncovered, and then was undone by, the CIA’s involvement in the Central American cocaine business.

    Buzzing with the feel and spirit of a Seventies political thriller, the film is actually set in the mid-1990s. The Reagan administration’s war on drugs and the Iran-Contra affair were fading from the public’s consciousness when Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Gary Webb published a piece for the San Jose Mercury News about the DEA seizures of alleged drug dealers’ property. When his editor Anna Simmons (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) excises the last paragraph of the article before publication, he urges her to reconsider, arguing that the victims may be drug dealers but they have the right to due process.

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