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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Brian Keenan
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John McCarthy
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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Everyone should watch this
15 October 2004 | by (Kent, England) – See all my reviews

If ever there was a film that should be witnessed by the masses, this is it. The remarkable true life story of Brian Keenan & John McCarthy, who in the mid 1980's were kidnapped by Muslim fundamentalists. We just watch the friendship that forms between these two men in isolation, from the first awkward moments to some profoundly funny times when laughter and the strength of courage and dignity come to the forefront.

I had the pleasure of watching a screening a few nights ago where John McCarthy, John Furse (director) and Ian Hart (Brian Keenan) were present. After speaking to them all they came across and very easy to talk to, no airs and graces - just three normal people who played their own parts in this remarkable story.

If you ever feel your life is bad and you have problems, just watch this film and you will realize that our own problems become insignificant to the problems of - will i ever get home? Will i be killed? Why do i get chained up like an animal or completely wrapped in tape with only a small hole for breathing?

All things which these 2 amazing people had to contend with, as well as constant self analysis.

Great film - Watch it!!


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