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Syriana (2005)

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A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved and affected by it.



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American oil companies Connex and smaller Killen are undergoing a merger, the new company named Connex-Killen. The move is in response to Connex losing a number of oil fields in the Persian Gulf region as Prince Nasir Al-Subaai, his country's foreign minister, and the oldest son of the Emir and thus the heir apparent to the throne, signed a contract with the Chinese instead. As Killen somehow managed to get the contract for the oil fields in Kazahkstan, the merger would give Connex-Killen additional control of the industry in the Middle East. Connex's retained law firm, headed by Dean Whiting, assigns Bennett Holiday to demonstrate to the US Department of Justice that due diligence has been done to allow the merger to proceed i.e. that the merger would not break any antitrust regulations. The US government is unhappy with Prince Nasir's decision to award the contract to the Chinese, and in combination with issues around illegal weapons, the CIA assigns field agent Bob Barnes, who has ... Written by Huggo

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

See No Evil  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$374,502, 27 November 2005

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Did You Know?


Michelle Monaghan originally had a substantial role in the film, playing Miss USA who becomes involved with a rich Arab oilman. But her entire sub-plot was cut when the film seemed too long and complicated for review audiences. See more »


When Bob is in the hotel elevator in Beirut with Price Nasir, the camera's lens is reflected in the elevator's mirror edge. See more »


[first lines]
Arash: Bobby, where have you been?
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Let Da Monkey Out
Written by Redman (as Reggie Noble), Erick Sermon and Johnny 'Guitar' Watson (as Johnny Guitar Watson)
Performed by Redman
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under License from Universal Music Enterprises
Contains samples from "If I Had The Power"
Performed by Johnny 'Guitar' Watson
Courtesy of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Beware, Genius At Work
12 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

Maddening and infuriating but also fascinating like most things we don't understand when we're told we should. I kept hearing people around me whispering - Who's that? - What are they talking about? - William Hurt!? I haven't shoosh people in a movie theater in years but I did throughout "Syriana". The most compelling aspect is that I felt let into something and hear things I shouldn't. They're all baddies one way or another but then, what else is new. Stephen Gaghan, the writer director, devices a devilish web for us to get lost into. I was mesmerized by his self assuredness and although I didn't have any kind of emotional connection with "Syriana" whoever she or it is, I couldn't dismiss the experience so, well done, cinema comes in all shapes and flavors.

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