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Blind Flight (2003)

The true story of Irishman Brian Keenan and Englishman John McCarthy's extraordinary relationship as hostages of militias in Lebanon during the 1979-91 Civil War.

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Kalim Koleilat ...
Industrial Cell - Kidnap Guard
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Industrial Cell - Militia Officer
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Storeroom - Joker
Dany El Khoury ...
Storeroom - Rida (as Dany B. Khoury)
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Storeroom - Senior Cleric
Mohamad Chamas ...
Underground Cell - Abed (as Mohammed Chamas)
Ziad Lahoud ...
Underground Cell - Said
Fadi Sakr ...
Underground Cell - Safi
Bahi Ghubril ...
Other Guards - Releasing Officer
Abdala Keserwani ...
Other Guards - Farmhouse Guard
Haroutioun Toupoushian ...
Other Guards - Mazin
Asbed Zaderian ...
Other Guards - First Gunman
Aine Ni Mhuiri ...
Brian's Mum
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Keenan and McCarthy spent 4.5 years confined together, held underground for much of their captivity, at times chained to each other and to the walls of their prisons. The two men, who could easily have found themselves at opposite ends of a gun barrel in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, instead forged a relationship which transcended all that appeared to divide them. "Blind Flight" tells the story of this compelling relationship as they both resurrect their deepest memories, feelings, fears and loves. In their near biblical journey they uncover many of the forces which made them blind and captive human beings prior to their physical captivity. They finally discover a compassion for their captors which makes the film a 'love story' in the fullest and most humanistic sense. Written by Anonymous

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Great film. Gripping realism, moving and poignant.
22 June 2004 | by (Sydney) – See all my reviews

This is a movie which succeeds in showing the hostage story with utterly convincing realism. The discipline of the direction and the lack of self-indulgence in the cinematography echoes the confined conditions under which Keenan and McCarthy survived for four and a half years. The triumph of this powerful and moving film lies in its refusal to demonise the captors, and to balance moments of intense suffering with humour and a surprising lightness of touch. The portrayal of the unlikely friendship between the two men and its redemptive power is finely drawn and superbly performed by Ian Hart and Linus Roache. The moment of their reunion is the emotional climax of the film. Not to be missed.


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