Special Correspondents

Synopsis: A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Ricky Gervais
Production: Netflix
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min


[siren wailing in distance]

[people chattering

indistinctly over radio]

[radio chatter continues]

[man 1 over radio] We've got a homicide,

possibly gang-related.

York Hotel.

[man 2]

Yeah, copy that, Control. 10-4.

York Hotel, as quick as you can.

Thanks, sweetie.

[upbeat rock song playing]

Hey, Frank, how about a freebie?


[man] Thanks.

[baby giggles]

[truck horn honking]

- [siren wailing]

- [horns honking]

[siren chirping]

- Detective Crankovich.

- [cop] Sorry, Detective...?

Mankovich. Frank.

Frank Mankovich. Detective.

Don't let anybody through,

especially the press.

- Detective Hankovich.

- [cops] Detective.

Hey, we're part of the investigation.

Detective Frank Wankovich.

Detective Claire Lady.

What happened here?

I already told

all your colleagues everything.

Well, you can tell me again, then.

Well, I was by reception and a man

came in, and he was wearing a helmet

and he had a gun with a silencer.

Mm-hm. And then?

Well, he pointed the gun at Mr. Ivanov

and shouted something in Russian, I think.

Then he shot him.

- What did he look like?

- [Perry] Bonneville.


I'm not disturbing you,

I hope, Bonneville?

Oh. Not at all.

Oh. Claire Maddox,

Perry, head of homicide.

- Hi.

- Get out of here. Both of you.

Right now. Or I'll slap you in custody.

- Wait, you're not a detective?

- No.

My name is Frank, though.

This wasn't all a lie.

We had some good times, right?


- [man] Detective, a comment, please?

- Okay, let them through.

- Hey. What? What are you doing?

- He said let them through.

- You don't let anybody through.

- Oh.

Oh, I've gotta go, darling.

- [Frank] Get me the control room.

- They're on.

- Hey.

- [Mallard] So, you got a story, Frank?

"Russian Mafia Wars."

How's that sound?


Okay. Let's do it now.

Standing by. And you're on.

At 8:
45, Sergei Ivanov,

a.k.a. Three Fingers,

a figure in the Russian Mafia,

left his room at the York Hotel.

He'd just breakfasted on eggs, toast,

and a black coffee. His last breakfast.

The sumptuous lifestyle

and escapades of Sergei Ivanov,

mover and shaker in the nightclubs

of Manhattan and New Jersey...

Two minutes in the hotel

and he comes out with a story.

- A true artist. He's the best.

- He's certainly the best at what he does.

...a war that has only just begun.

This is Frank Bonneville, 365 News.

That was great.

- You need any help?

- No, I'm fine. Won't be a minute.


- Who was that, then, your girlfriend?

- I'm married.

Ah. [chuckles]

So, it's his wife.

- [Finch] Yeah.

- Eh! He's a player.

- Aren't you, Finch? Huh?

- [video game noises]

- Chick in every port?

- Nah.

[Finch groans]

[Claire] Oh.

- [Claire] You okay?

- [Finch] Yeah, fine.

[Claire] You want a coffee?

[Finch] Yeah, can I get a skim-milk latte?

- [Claire] You on a diet?

- [Finch] A bit, yeah.

I had a medical,

and apparently I'm 25 percent fat.

- Is that bad?

- Yeah. It's more than some snacks.

[both chuckle]

[Claire] Ooh!

- Okay.

- See you later.


There he is.


Look at you.

First reporter with the story, again.

All other journalists

banned from the site.


Oh, no, wait. What are these?

"Impersonating an officer."

"Tampering with a crime scene."

- I got results.

- You're not Dirty Harry!

At best, you're an underachiever

at a local radio station.

Often, a drunk underachiever.

- Would you rather I didn't get the story?

- Than break the law? Yeah.

Why break the law? Plenty of news

without having to break the law.

If you run out,

make up a story about a lost dog.

I made up a story

about being a detective.

One more slip-up and you're fired.

This is coming from upstairs, not from me.

They've had it.

They don't need this anymore.

You're an arrogant, selfish hack

who survives

because everyone thinks

you're a local celebrity.

I can't fire you

because I don't like you.

But I can fire you if you break the law

or for the next thing you do

that breaks the rules.

I so much as find out you used

a disabled toilet, goodbye.

- That's ridiculous.

- Yeah, it's ridiculous.

Go ahead, punk, make my day.

[elevator bell dings]

- Will there be any celebrities?

- The girl who reads the weather

- knows Al Roker.

- Will he be here?

No. She might, though.

Hey, Sacha.

This is my wife, Eleanor.

- Oh, finally. Hi.

- Hi.

- [Finch] Many in?

- Uh, no. No, you're the first.

- Someone has to be.

- [Eleanor] Exactly.

And it's nice to be here in time

to see the staff prepare

for such a prestigious event.


See you later. Okay, let's get in.

- Hi.

- [woman] Hi.

Hi. [chuckles]

- Balloons.

- It's still sunny out.

Well, it's nearly July, isn't it?

- Doesn't get dark till 9:00.

- Imagine going out in the darkness.

- You're the first here.

- Yeah, he doesn't like to be late.

- [bartender] Champagne?

- [Finch] Don't mind if I do.

There you go. Ah.


So, what do you think

of my little radio station event?

Well, I mean, if it was really your

radio station, it would be something.

- Well, I'm chief sound engineer.

- [soft music playing]

And if you consider

that radio is just sound,

I'm sort of chief engineer, really.

In one of the biggest

local radio stations around. Locally.

It's just not what I thought

you'd still be doing at 50.

- What do you mean?

- Radio.

- Radio is like...

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Ricky Gervais

Ricky Dene Gervais (; born 25 June 1961) is an English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and singer. Gervais worked initially in the music industry, attempting a career as a pop star in the 1980s as the singer of the new wave act Seona Dancing and working as the manager of the then-unknown band Suede before turning to comedy. Gervais appeared on The 11 O'Clock Show on Channel 4 between 1998 and 2000. In 2000, he was given a Channel 4 talk show, Meet Ricky Gervais, and then achieved greater mainstream fame a year later with his BBC television series The Office. It was followed by Extras in 2005. He co-wrote and co-directed both series with Stephen Merchant. In addition to writing and directing the shows, he played the lead roles of David Brent in The Office and Andy Millman in Extras. He reprised his role as Brent in the comedy film Life on the Road. Gervais began his stand-up career in the late 1990s. He has performed five multi-national stand-up comedy tours and wrote the Flanimals book series. Gervais, Merchant and Karl Pilkington created the podcast, The Ricky Gervais Show, which has spawned various spin-offs starring Pilkington and produced by Gervais and Merchant.He has also starred in the Hollywood films Ghost Town, and Muppets Most Wanted, and wrote, directed and starred in The Invention of Lying and the Netflix released Special Correspondents. He hosted the Golden Globe Awards in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2016, and appears on the game show Child Support. Gervais has won seven BAFTA Awards, five British Comedy Awards, two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and the 2006 Rose d'Or, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. In a 2004 poll for the BBC, he was named the third most influential person in British culture. In 2007, he was voted the 11th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups and again in the updated 2010 list as the 3rd greatest stand-up comic. In 2010, he was named on the Time 100 list of the world's most influential people. more…

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