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Live from Baghdad (2002)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama, War  |  7 December 2002 (USA)
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A group of CNN reporters wrestle with journalistic ethics and the life-and-death perils of reporting during the Gulf War.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Wiener
Mark Biello
Judy Parker
Naji Al-Hadithi
Peter Arnett
Tom Johnson
Ed Turner
Tom Murphy
Pamela Sinha ...
Fatima (as Pamela Sinna)
Eason Jordan
Nic Robertson


Dramatized version of the story of CNN's Gulf War coverage featuring "The Boys from Baghdad": the battle over access, the fight to keep the technology up and running.. and the decision whether to risk their lives behind enemy lines once the bombing starts, in order to get the story of a lifetime. Written by Sam Meyer

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The Gulf War, 1991. No story is worth dying for - but this was the story of a lifetime. See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

7 December 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En direct de Bagdad  »

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1.78 : 1
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Dustin Hoffman stated in a 1994 interview with Larry King that he was set to play Robert Wiener in this movie, directed by Barry Levinson. He also said that Levinson was considering Jeff Goldblum for the part of Peter Arnett. See more »


When Robert is giving cash to the front desk clerk and the Egyptian translator in 1990, he is giving them the new U.S. notes which were not introduced until 1996. See more »


[first lines]
[First lines spoken as characters in the film, preceded by title cards, archival movie dialog, and news announcements]
Robert Wiener: Baghdad is me.
Eason Jordan: You're supposed to be in Berlin.
Robert Wiener: Fuck Berlin. The wall's down. Baghdad is me, Eason.
Eason Jordan: You've never even been to Baghdad.
Robert Wiener: Close enough. Jerusalem.
Eason Jordan: I wouldn't bring up Jerusalem if I were you. It's not a point in your favor.
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References Meet the Press (1947) See more »

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The Return Of The Keaton

Live From Baghdad marks the triumphant return of one of the most harsh individuals in show business today: Michael Keaton. He is extremely hard boiled in this role and the supporting cast of Helena Bonham-Carter, Lili Taylor, David Suchet and Bruce McGill are a force to be reckoned with. The end when the war begins is one of the most realistic war scenes I've seen in some time, it really looks like you're in the room watching the battle unfold with them. I hope this will be a kick start for Keaton to get back into making new movies because he has not lost a step in his acting ability. But you all should see for yourself, if any of you get HBO I suggest you watch this the next time its on.

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