Watch A Different Loyalty
- 1 hr 36 min
It was in 1951 that the British Intelligence discovered that the Soviet Union had accessed the highest levels of their organization, but it would be over a decade later when they would discover the damage it had and the affect that it had for the Cold War. This is based on a true story about Kim Philby and his defection to the Soviet Union. Kim Philby has left the MI5 (British Intelligence) to become a journalist in Beirut and resorted to his real name of Leo Cauffield. In 1963, Leo Cauffield (Rupert Everett) meets Sally (Sharon Stone) who was an artist in Beirut. She is a married woman, but despite this, they have an affair. She is forced to leave her husband who is a diplomat to marry Leo. She knows about Leo's intelligence background and focuses on her family and her new life. Leo then discovers that he must flee to Moscow as his betrayal from his role in espionage is threatened by the MI5. His journalistic endeavors were simply a rouse to stay connected with the KGB despite having left British Intelligence to prolong the cold war by trading American secrets to the Soviet Union. As a result, he ends up leaving his wife and family behind to flee to Moscow indefinitely. Sally is in denial or his reputation as she is provided with accounts from MI5 agents and she takes it upon herself to travel to Moscow to discover the truth. This becomes an incredible challenge for Sally. Being an American in Europe she must go through betrayal on very different levels with the discovery of her husbands history and treason against England, and is also faced with an uphill battle in a foreign communist nation that is always watching during a very sensitive time resulting in a constant state of paranoia. This is taken from the pages of Eleanor Philby's memoir, The Spy I Married, where she documents her travels between London, New York and Moscow to find the answers to the age old conflict between love and duty. This film was nominated for the 'Golden St. George award at the Moscow International Film Festival and was directed by Marek Kanievska.