2PS: Favorite Fictional or Real-Life Whistleblower Movies

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A movie tribute poll saluting those who courageously who act to stop illegal acts, corruption, fraud or other types of injustice. According to Wikipedia, a whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public. The information of alleged wrongdoing can be classified in many ways: violation of company policy/rules, law, regulation, or threat to public interest/national security, as well as, fraud and corruption.

PART ONE: Favorite Fictional Whistleblower Movie

Which movie that tells the story of a fictional whistle blower is your favorite film?
*fictionalized real-life whistleblowers have been classified as fictional for poll

See the partial list of fictional whistleblower movies here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls095351210/
Live Poll: TBD

PART TWO: Favorite Real-Life Whistleblower Movie

Which movie that tells the story of a real-life whistle blower is your favorite film?
*fictionalized real-life whistleblowers have been classified as fictional for poll

See the partial list of real-life whistleblower movies here: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls048260552/
Live Poll: TBD

This poll suggestion is a revived archived poll suggestion, Favorite Whistleblower Movie and maybe somewhat related to The Movies That Knew Too Much poll, but with a different set of qualifying criteria. SUGGESTIONS NEEDED of any glaring omitted movie titles, as well as,  any well-known non-American whistleblower movies to diversify the answer pool.
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Write a replyJULY 30TH is
National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.

HONORABLE MENTION WHISTLEBLOWER MOVIES
Famous Real-Life Whistleblower Cases (Not Widely Seen / Low Votes < 1000 IMDb votes)

??? Chasing Madoff 2010 | Movie 6.3 (973)
Real-life whistleblower: Harry Markopolos
Case: Bernie Madoff's Ponzi investment fraud

??? A Good American 2015 | Movie 7.3 (822)
Real-life whistleblowers: William Binney, Kirk Wiebe, Edward Loomis , Diane Roark and Thomas Drake
Case: U.S. NSA's decision to use "Trailblazer", a NSA electronic surveillance program that was a billion-dollar failure over "ThinThread", a less costly in-house program with built-in privacy protections for United States citizens. In a secret 2002 test run, the cheap surveillance tool predicted the attacks on September 11, 2001.

Zero: An Investigation Into 9/11
2008 | Movie 7.8 (650)
Real-life whistleblower: Coleen Rowley
Case: U.S. FBI's organizational lapses and mishandling of terrorist information 30 days before 9/11

National Bird 2016 | Movie 7.1 (521)
Real-life whistleblowers: Heather, Daniel, and Lisa
Case: U.S. Military's Predator drone use for military and covert operations

Semper Fi: Always Faithful 2011 | Movie 7.7 (126)
Real-life whistleblower: Jerry Ensminger
Case: U.S. Marine Corps' Camp Lejeune base water contamination cover-up

My Lai 2010 | TV Episode 8.2 (182)
Real-life whistleblowers: Major Hugh Thompson Jr. and Ron Ridenhour
Case: U.S.-Vietnam War's 1968 My Lai Massacre
 
Fictional Whistleblower (minor plot point)

What's Up, Doc? 1972 | Movie 7.7 (17,807)
Fictional whistleblower: "Mr. Smith"
Case: U.S.A.'s top-secret government information

She Hate Me 2004 | Movie 5.3 (6,989)
Fictional whistleblower: John Henry "Jack" Armstrong
Case: a biotechnology firm's corrupt business practices

Plus, some wecent Whistleblower movie titles.
Real-life whistleblower: Robert Bilott 

Dark Waters
Dark Waters 2019 |  Director: Todd Haynes | Stars: Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, William Jackson Harper, Bill Pullman
Case: DuPont knowingly contaminates the public drinking water supply for decades with the toxic chemicals used to make Teflon. Corporate defense lawyer Bilott brings the case to light and fights a twenty year battle against the chemical giant to win compensation for over 70,000 clients nationwide.
Real-life whistleblowers: Brittany Kaiser, Christopher Wylie, and others


The Great Hack 2019 | Directors: Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim | Stars: Brittany Kaiser, David Carroll, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, Ravi Naik
Case: Facebook's & Cambridge Analytica's data scandal and related manipulation of political elections through personal data mining, targeted social media, and voter mind control, most notably, the Leave.EU Brexit campaign and Donald Trump's 2016 US presidential bid.
Fictional whistleblower: Elena Houghlin

Charlie's Angels 2019 | Director: Elizabeth Banks | Stars: Kristen Stewart, Naomi Scott, Ella Balinska, Elizabeth Banks Case: Brock Industries' head of development, Peter Fleming covers up a dangerous flaw in Calypso, an energy conservation product that can be weaponized and used to trigger fatal seizures in humans.
Fictional whistleblower: Manji Harashima

Whistleblower 2019 | Director: Katsuo Fukuzawa Stars: Aki Asakura, Shingo Fujimori, Isao Hashizume
Case: a mid-sized electronics company's subcontracted product
Fictional whistleblower: Mark
Wei Tang and Jiayin Lei in The Whistleblower 2019
The Whistleblower 2019 | Director/Writer: Xiaolu Xue Stars: Jiayin Lei, Wei Tang, Xi Qi
Case: a Australian mining company employee discovers that new technology developed by the company may be a health risk, and investigates a web of conspiracies in his search for the truth.
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FYI: When Ashton Carter was Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics, and later when he was Deputy Secretary of Defense, the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) would show The Pentagon Wars (1998 TV Movie) during one of their courses on the dangers of requirements creep.
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I really liked this movie, although I didn't find it all shocking. The story of wasteful spending reminds me a bit of NASA’s ‘Astronaut Pen’.
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Urb,

At first glance, the Fisher Space Pen appeared to be a waste of tax payer money. NASA had concern about the graphite from pencils shorting out circuits after the Apollo I launchpad fire. As is pointed out in the article, Fisher paid for all the development and testing costs for the pen. From personal experience, the pen worked quite well, especially when trying to write horizontally and upside down. Sadly, I lost my Fisher Space Pen.

The Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle is legendary in defense procurement for extreme requirement creep and cost overruns.
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Bradley IFV burns after being hit by Iraqi fire three times[20] during the Battle of 73 Easting

Combat History

During the Gulf War, M2 Bradleys destroyed more Iraqi armored vehicles than the M1 Abrams. A total of 20 Bradleys were lost—three by enemy fire and 17 due to friendly fire incidents; another 12 were damaged. The gunner of one Bradley was killed when his vehicle was hit by Iraqi fire, possibly from an Iraqi BMP-1, during the Battle of 73 Easting. To remedy some problems that were identified as contributing factors in the friendly fire incidents, infrared identification panels and other marking/identification measures were added to the Bradleys.

In the Iraq War, the Bradley proved vulnerable to improvised explosive device and rocket-propelled grenade attacks, but casualties were light with the crew able to escape. In 2006, total losses included 55 Bradleys destroyed and some 700 others damaged. By 2007, the Army had stopped using the M2 Bradley in combat, instead favoring more survivable MRAPs. By the end of the war, about 150 Bradleys had been destroyed.
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Please correct in Part 2: 
A movie tribute poll saluting those who courageously act to stop illegal acts, corruption, fraud or other types of injustice.
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Thanks, fixed both versions.
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I loved that movie. I thought it was one of the most under-the radar and most under-rated movies of 2019. It was one of the first movies that came to mind for this poll.
I initially was trying to avoid calling investigators whistle-blowers, preferring to give credit to their original source(s). I didn't list initially as a result.

But, I agree this might be a notable exception. Daniel Jones and his team were the ones who really blew the whistle on the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program. They were the ones who discovered what was really going on. Meanwhile, they put all the pieces of the puzzle together to form an accurate picture of what was really going on. Finally, fighting to get the information in the hands of policy-makers and eventually the public to apply pressure for reform.

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The Report (2019)
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Marriage Story left this performance a little unnoticed, but it is another great work by Adam Driver.
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What a great list. 'So many good ones. I love The Insider and Silkwood, too, but I have to go with 'All the President's Men:' what a film, wow. 

I noticed a little typo in the first sentence -- an extra "who:" 

A movie tribute poll saluting those who courageously who act to stop illegal acts... 

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Oh, sorry; I didn't see that Jess pointed out the same typo. 
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Thanks, fixed both versions.

A movie tribute poll saluting those who courageously act to stop illegal acts, corruption, fraud or other types of injustice. According to Wikipedia, a whistleblower is a person who exposes any kind of information or activity that is deemed illegal, unethical, or not correct within an organization that is either private or public. The information of alleged wrongdoing can be classified in many ways: violations of company policy/rules, law, regulation, or threat to public interest/national security, as well as, outright fraud and corruption.
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Thanks.
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Hi, urbanemovies.
The whistleblower in 'Erin Brockovich' wasn't herself.
It was a guy in the bar named Charles Embry. Played by Tracey Walter.
He gave her the papers about cancer research with chrome.
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I get your point. I shared the same thoughts initially, but eventually was won over. Charles Embry didn't really come forward and apply pressure to PG&E (whistle-blow). Nor did expose what they were doing to the public, he was simply one of many sources she found to support her case. He was just one piece in a case that had many pieces, all orchestrated by Erin Brockovich. She is considered by many to be the main whistleblower in this case and often cited as many as one the top movie whistleblowers of all-time.

I was initially reluctant to include her too, as  I tried to avoid listing investigators or anyone whose job was expose wrong-doing. I relented  in this strict requirement, as more than a few were the true force behind their real-life cases. They often eclipsed their initial source and without them never would have been a whistle-blowing case to cite. Erin Brockovich clearly falls into this category, that may imperfectly fit the definition, but still undeniably can be cited as one.
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Ok, I understand that, that's ok for me. I just saw the movie showed it in an other way. But when it comes to real-life-whistleblowers, you orientate on the original. That's fair. :D
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Ehrr ... ya! Congratulations. :D
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FYC for fictional movies:
Louis Salinger and Eleanor Whitman in The International
Thomas Craven in Edge of Darkness (Mel Gibson in the film which is based on a miniseries with my favorite actor, Bob Peck)
Paul Stephens in The Manhattan Project
Charles Dobbs in The Deadly Affair
Dylan in Fateful Findings
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Thanks, I considered a couple these before. but I am glad you suggested them, as I think most of them fit the bill.


The International
2009 | Movie 6.5 (89,741)
    Fictional whistleblower: Louis Salinger and Eleanor Whitman
    Case: International Bank of Business and Credit's (IBBC) role money laundering, terrorism, arms trading, and the destabilization of governments.



    Edge of Darkness 2010 | Movie 6.6 (88,226)
      Fictional whistleblower: Thomas Craven
    Case: Northmoor's U.S. government's conspiracy to secretly manufacture nuclear weapons aka dirty bombs using foreign material.


    Fateful Findings 2013 | Movie 4.7 (4,419) 
  Fictional whistleblower: Dylan
Case: Dylan, publishes a tell-all book exposing "the most secret government and corporate secrets" in world discovered by hacking into their computer system.

    The Manhattan Project
    1986 | Movie 6.2 (5,287)
    Fictional whistleblower: Paul Stephens
    Case: U.S. nuclear weapons lab's covert concealment as a nuclear medicine research institute


    The Deadly Affair 1967 | Movie 6.8 (2,983)
    Fictional whistleblower: Charles Dobbs
    Case: U.K. Foreign Office's communist spy network embedded into various facets of the British government
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Pencho, you maybe the first person to ever unironically suggest a Neil Breen movie for a poll suggestion. Possibly, one of the worst filmmaker of all time.
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Ha, ha, ha. I wasn't aware of his quality as a filmmaker. History has been done.
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His films are on the level of Birdemic and The Room. But extremely preachier and heavy-handed in their message. He's got a certain messiah complex as he's the savior protagonist in most of his films.
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