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The Human Shield (1991)

An ex-Marine who was hired to train Iraqi soldiers to fight Iran returns to Iraq as a CIA agent to free his brother, who has been imprisoned there by a renegade general.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Matthews
Ben Matthews
Lila Haddilh
Steve Inwood ...
Ali Dallal
Avi Keidar ...
Geula Levy ...
Gil Dagon ...
Michael Shillo ...
Joe Albalo
Roberto Pollack ...
Bashir (as Roberto Pollak)
Dallal's Driver
Jil Ben David ...
Dallal's Aide (as Gilles Ben-David)
Irving Kaplan ...
Sid Cromwell
Nagd Tarabshi ...
Ben's Guard
Ethan Londner ...
Ben's Guard


An ex-Marine who was hired to train Iraqi soldiers to fight Iran returns to Iraq as a CIA agent to free his brother, who has been imprisoned there by a renegade general. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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27 March 1992 (Portugal)  »

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Escudo Humano  »

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This was reportedly the first fictional film to deal with the Persian Gulf War. See more »


Dallal's shoulder boards feature an eagle, two crossed swords, and a half wreath. This is the rank of a field marshal and was only ever worn by Saddam Hussein. See more »


Lila Haddilh: To my husband, revenge is sacred, and hatred noble.
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Referenced in Short Cuts (1993) See more »

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Well Done
11 January 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This is one of those rare movies I can watch over and over again without getting bored. It was a well written story and the acting was surprisingly good for a "low budget" film. Steve Inwood as general Dalal was amazing and anyone who has seen this movie can attest to that...he steals the show (Pardon the pun). I'm not of middle eastern descent, but the directors did a fine job of portraying the culture. From the music, settings, food, lifestyle and nature of the people---and anyone who thinks culture isn't important in a film, it is said that Godfather was so successful because it portrayed the Italian culture to a tee.

Nonetheless, it was a good plot with decent sup-plots such as the romance between dudikoff and laila, his brother being kidnapped and the whole revenge factor.

The movie also has some memorable lines such as: "Insults here can only be washed away in blood" "I like your scar because it reminds me of the man who gave it to you" "Things done in a hurry are done in the ways of Satan. While things done with patience are done in the way of god" "A son should always be by his father's side during his proudest moments" Dalal talking about his 4 year old kid as he's about to go kill dudikoff "Should I wait?" "Not unless your wife has a sense of humour" Dudikoff to cab driver after being dropped off at the Iraqi border "American...what is it you want? Hash? Coca Cola? A woman? And anyone who has seen this movie or is thinking of seeing it should pay particular attention towards the end of the movie when Dalal is being driven to the chemical plant. The car phone rings and he picks up this HUGE MUTHER****IN phone that must have been state of the art at the time but DAMN! The thing easily could have been 5 pounds.

Also Hana Azoulay Hasfari was good as Laila. I say there should be a rule where if you're doing a film that revolves around a certain culture you should get actors from THAT culture to portray characters. It makes things more believable and credible. Even if they aren't known you'll be surprised at how good some "unknown actors" can be. The biggest flaw I can think of was Hollywood using Penelope Cruz to play a Greek girl in Captain Corelli's Mandolin. I love Penelope but that was a joke.

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