The Fifth Estate Movie


The Fifth Estate

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2013 | R | Drama True Story

A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.

U.S. Release Date

The Fifth Estate release date was Friday, October 18, 2013. This was a Nationwide in theaters release.

On Blu-ray & DVD

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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Cast more cast

Benedict Cumberbatch
Julian Assange
Daniel Brühl
Daniel Domscheit-Berg
Laura Linney
Sarah Shaw
Anthony Mackie
Sam Coulson

Directed by

Bill Condon


Josh Singer


Rating MPAA

R for language and some violence

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Following Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Brühl), an early supporter and eventual colleague of Julian Assange (Cumberbatch), The Fifth Estate traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. The website’s overnight success brought instant fame to its principal architects and transformed the flow of information to news media and the world at large.
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Trivia & Production Notes

  • Based on "Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World's Most Dangerous Website" by Daniel Domscheit-Berg and "WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy" by David Leigh and Luke Harding.
  • "Downton Abbey" actor Dan Stevens will play a hacker friend of Daniel Bruhl's character who comes to work for the website.
  • Distribution internationally will be split among Disney, DreamWorks partner Reliance, and deals made through the studio's partnership with Mister Smith Entertainment.
  • Said director Bill Condon, "It may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks and how it's revolutionized the spread of information. So this film won't claim any long view authority on its subject, or attempt any final judgment. We want to explore the complexities and challenges of transparency in the information age and, we hope, enliven and enrich the conversations WikiLeaks has already provoked."

Also Known As

  • Untitled DreamWorks/Julian Assange Project
  • The Man Who Sold the World

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