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Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.

Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications.

His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. - and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

Gary Webb - JEREMY RENNER

Sue Webb - ROSEMARIE DeWITT

John Cullen - RAY LIOTTA

Alan Fenster - TIM BLAKE NELSON

Russell Dodson - BARRY PEPPER

Jerry Ceppos - OLIVER PLATT

Fred Weil - MICHAEL SHEEN

Coral Baca - PAZ VEGA

Ricky Ross - MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS

Anna Simons - MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD

Ian Webb - LUCAS HEDGES

Norwin Meneses - ANDY GARCIA

Producer - JEREMY RENNER

Director - MICHAEL CUESTA

Writer - PETER LANDESMAN

Author - GARY WEBB

Author - NICK SCHOU

Producer - SCOTT STUBER

Producer - NAOMI DESPRES

Director of Photography - SEAN BOBBITT

Production Designer - JOHN PAINO

Editor - BRIAN A. KATES

Music - NATHAN JOHNSON

Costume Designer - KIMBERLY ADAMS

Kill The Messenger

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About the Film

Two-time Academy Award nominee Jeremy Renner (The Bourne Legacy) leads an all-star cast in a dramatic thriller based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb.

Webb stumbles onto a story which leads to the shady origins of the men who started the crack epidemic on the nation's streets...and further alleges that the CIA was aware of major dealers who were smuggling cocaine into the U.S., and using the profits to arm rebels fighting in Nicaragua. Despite warnings from drug kingpins and CIA operatives to stop his investigation, Webb keeps digging to uncover a conspiracy with explosive implications.

His journey takes him from the prisons of California to the villages of Nicaragua to the highest corridors of power in Washington, D.C. - and draws the kind of attention that threatens not just his career, but his family and his life.

  • JEREMY RENNER
    Gary Webb
  • ROSEMARIE DeWITT
    Sue Webb
  • RAY LIOTTA
    John Cullen
  • TIM BLAKE NELSON
    Alan Fenster
  • BARRY PEPPER
    Russell Dodson
  • OLIVER PLATT
    Jerry Ceppos
  • MICHAEL SHEEN
    Fred Weil
  • PAZ VEGA
    Coral Baca
  • MICHAEL KENNETH WILLIAMS
    Ricky Ross
  • MARY ELIZABETH WINSTEAD
    Anna Simons
  • LUCAS HEDGES
    Ian Webb
  • ANDY GARCIA
    Norwin Meneses
  • JEREMY RENNER
    Producer
  • MICHAEL CUESTA
    Director
  • PETER LANDESMAN
    Writer
  • GARY WEBB
    Author
  • NICK SCHOU
    Author
  • SCOTT STUBER
    Producer
  • NAOMI DESPRES
    Producer
  • SEAN BOBBITT
    Director of Photography
  • JOHN PAINO
    Production Designer
  • BRIAN A. KATES
    Editor
  • NATHAN JOHNSON
    Music
  • KIMBERLY ADAMS
    Costume Designer