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Syriana (2005)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  9 December 2005 (USA)
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

$374,502 (USA) (25 November 2005)


$50,815,288 (USA) (14 April 2006)

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In the original script, Bob Barnes was originally named Bob Baer, after Robert Baer's father. See more »


At the beginning of the movie, when the woman changes her clothes and puts pants on, she also changes from high heels to sneakers. When she walks away, her shoes sound like high heels. See more »


[first lines]
Arash: Bobby, where have you been?
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Church Scene
(1983) (uncredited)
from The Outsiders (1983)
Written by Carmine Coppola
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A Powerful Political Film
20 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure to view Syriana at an Academy screening and I must say that it is not for everyone. It is however a great film with an important message. Syriana is a thinker's political thriller and it will make you think. I'm glad to see someone like George Clooney trying to make important films again and Syriana is a very worthy effort. The performances are as good as it gets in any film and Chris Cooper is especially noteworthy with a powerhouse perf that will be hard to beat come Oscar time. Also worth mentioning is the great screenplay and direction by Stephen Gaghan. Syriana is not a film for those that want car chases, sex scenes, and huge explosions, but if you want a film that treats its audience as intelligent human beings, Syriana is for you.

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