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Robert Baer (book) (suggestion)
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9 December 2005 (USA) See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kayvan Novak ... Arash

George Clooney ... Bob Barnes

Amr Waked ... Mohammed Sheik Agiza

Christopher Plummer ... Dean Whiting

Jeffrey Wright ... Bennett Holiday

Chris Cooper ... Jimmy Pope

Robert Foxworth ... Tommy Barton
Nicky Henson ... Sydney Hewitt
Nicholas Art ... Riley Woodman

Matt Damon ... Bryan Woodman

Amanda Peet ... Julie Woodman

Steven Hinkle ... Max Woodman

Daisy Tormé ... Rebecca

Peter Gerety ... Leland Janus

Richard Lintern ... Bryan's Boss

Jocelyn Quivrin ... Vincent

Mazhar Munir ... Wasim Khan
Shahid Ahmed ... Saleem Ahmed Khan
Bikram Singh Bhamra ... Pakistani Translator

Roger Yuan ... Chinese Engineer

Jayne Atkinson ... Division Chief

Thomas McCarthy ... Fred Franks (as Tom McCarthy)

Jamey Sheridan ... Terry

Randall Boffman ... Distinguished Gentleman #1
Tony French ... Distinguished Gentleman #2

Max Minghella ... Robby Barnes
Katie Foster ... Nervous Daughter

Nadim Sawalha ... Emir Hamed Al-Subaai

Alexander Siddig ... Prince Nasir Al-Subaai
Ozzie Yue ... Chinese Oil Executive

Akbar Kurtha ... Prince Meshal Al-Subaai
Sonnell Dadral ... Farooq (as Sonell Dadral)
Jon Lee Anderson ... Himself
Othman Bin Hendi ... Arab Businessman
Bashar Atiyat ... Nasir's Aide (as Bashar H. Atiyat)
Ali Al Amine ... Older Kid at Pool

William Charles Mitchell ... Bennett Holiday Sr. (as William C. Mitchell)

Tim Blake Nelson ... Danny Dalton
Ahmed Aa Mohammed ... Abu Khalifa
Ahmed Ayoub ... Pakistani Teenager #1
Mohammed Asad Khan ... Pakistani Teenager #2
Atta Mohammed Saleh ... Old Man
Aziz Zacca ... Policeman

David Clennon ... Donald
Omar Mostafa ... The Cleric
Saïd Amadis ... Reza Reyhani (as Said Amadis)
David J. Manners ... Egypt Bureau Chief
Jamil Jabbar ... Supplicant

Badria Timimi ... Nasir's Wife

William Hurt ... Stan
Mohamed Majd ... Said Hossein Hashimi (as Mohammed Majd)

Mark Strong ... Mussawi

Driss Roukhe ... Guard

Katherine Hoskins Mackey ... Paralegal

Linda E. Williams ... Paralegal
Susan Allenback ... Paralegal #1 (as Susan Allenbach)

William L. Thomas ... Paralegal #2
El Mahjoub Raji ... Hashimi's Man

Michael Stone Forrest ... CIA Security Officer #1
Robert Baer ... CIA Security Officer #2 (as Bob Baer)

Fritz Michel ... Hotel Security Guard

Bob Fajkowski ... Secretary of Defense
Jeff Baker ... Tommy's Lawyer
Tarik Tamzali ... Nasir's Secretary
Mitesh Soni ... Martyr

Susan Duvall ... Assistant at CIA (as Tootsie Duvall)
Nabeel Noman ... Bedouin Leader
Ryan Murphy ... Drone Tech

Will McCormack ... Willy
Donna Mitchell ... Pat Janus
James Plannette ... Connex Functionary
Michael Allinson ... Sir David
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Matt Cannon ... Student (uncredited)
Tom Cutler ... Lawyer (uncredited)

Viola Davis ... CIA Chairwoman (uncredited)

Bruce Allen Dawson ... Oil Executive (uncredited)

Paul Fahrenkopf ... Oil Baron (uncredited)
Alan Gates ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
Tyler Gatton ... Churchgoer (uncredited)

Anna George ... Reza's Sister (uncredited)

Wendy Kush ... Witness (uncredited)

Kirk Lambert ... CIA Bureau Chief (uncredited)
Charles McClelland ... Oil Executive (uncredited)
Kerry Meushaw ... CIA Agent (uncredited)

David Michie ... Home Seal Security Guard (voice) (uncredited)

Lauren Minite ... Restaurant Girl (uncredited)
Johnny Pitrelli ... U.S. Marshal (uncredited)

Bahar Soomekh ... Yassi (uncredited)

Sally Spaide ... CIA Agent (uncredited)

Alexander von Roon ... Bloomberg Reporter (uncredited)

Don Whatley ... Bystander (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stephen Gaghan 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Stephen Gaghan (written by)

Robert Baer (book "See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA's War on Terrorism") (suggestion)

Produced by
Sarah Bradshaw .... associate producer
George Clooney .... executive producer
Ben Cosgrove .... executive producer
Jennifer Fox .... producer
Georgia Kacandes .... producer
Elizabeth Kirkscey .... associate producer
Shannon Lail .... associate producer
Michael Nozik .... producer
Jeff Skoll .... executive producer
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Alexandre Desplat 
 
Cinematography by
Robert Elswit (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Tim Squyres 
 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman  (as Amy Kaufmann)
Lora Kennedy 
Lucinda Syson 
 
Production Design by
Dan Weil 
 
Costume Design by
Louise Frogley 
 
Makeup Department
Khalid Alami .... hair assistant: Morocco (as Khalid El Alami)
Khalid Alami .... makeup assistant: Morocco (as Khalid El Alami)
Candice Banks .... key makeup artist: overseas
Christine Beveridge .... makeup department head (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Christine Beveridge .... makeup special effects (as Chrissie Beveridge)
Lorraine Boushell .... makeup artist: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Kay Georgiou .... hair department head
Charmaine Henninger .... hair stylist: USA
Maureen Hetherington .... hair artist: second aerial unit
Maureen Hetherington .... makeup artist: second aerial unit
Mary Kim .... prosthetics creator
Barry R. Koper .... key makeup artist: USA
Marilyn MacDonald .... key makeup artist: overseas (as Marilyn McDonald)
Aicha El Meziane .... hair assistant: Morocco (as Aicha El Mezaine)
Aicha El Meziane .... makeup assistant: Morocco (as Aicha El Mezaine)
Waldo Sanchez .... hair department head
Petra Schaumann .... hair stylist: overseas
Terri Trupp .... makeup artist: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Keith VanderLaan .... prosthetics creator (as Keith Vanderlaan)
Martin Astles .... makeup effects sculptor (uncredited)
Sherri Bramlett .... additional hair stylist (uncredited)
Dan Crawley .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Mary Kim .... makeup effects production supervisor (uncredited)
Jim Knell .... production photographer: Captive Audience Productions (uncredited)
Mark Nieman .... silicone prosthetic technician (uncredited)
James Parr .... special makeup effects technician (uncredited)
Brian Sipe .... special makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Janice Tunnell .... additional makeup artist (uncredited)
Keith VanderLaan .... special makeup effects creator: Captive Audience Productions (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Zakaria Alaoui .... production supervisor: Morocco (as Zak Alaoui)
Sarah Bradshaw .... unit production manager
Omar Chraibi .... unit manager: Morocco
Amanda Confavreux .... production manager: Dubai
Frédéric Delaloye .... assistant unit base manager: Geneva (as Frederic Delaloye)
Christopher Granier-Deferre .... production manager: Geneva
Kevin Jenkins .... assistant unit manager: Dubai
Georgia Kacandes .... unit production manager
Francine Lusser .... unit manager: Geneva
Peter Mavromates .... post-production supervisor
Karyn McCarthy .... unit production manager
Gérard Monier .... production manager: Geneva (as Gerard Monier)
Mark Mostyn .... production manager: Morocco
David Murphy .... assistant unit manager: Dubai
Tim Smythe .... production supervisor: Dubai
Caroline Velan .... unit base manager: Geneva
Will Weiske .... production supervisor: Dubai
Mark Scoon .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tarik Ait Ben Ali .... third assistant director: overseas
Peter Bennett .... first assistant director: second aerial unit
Julian Brain .... second second assistant director: USA (as Julian M. Brain)
Darwin Brooks .... third assistant director: overseas
Kate Carver .... third assistant director: second aerial unit
Yann Mari Faget .... second assistant director: Morocco
Richard Goodwin .... second second assistant director: overseas
Ahmed Hatimi .... first assistant director: Morocco
Martin Kenzie .... director: second aerial unit
Pierre Lacourt .... third assistant director: Geneva
Eric A. Pot .... second second assistant director: USA
Alison C. Rosa .... second assistant director (as Alison Rosa)
Henry Tomlinson .... second assistant director: second aerial unit
Adrian Toynton .... second assistant director
Simon Warnock .... first assistant director
Rami Yasin .... first assistant director: Dubai (as Rami Hyasin)
Tobias Asam .... third assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Trey Batchelor .... first assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
David Catalano .... second second assistant director: New York (uncredited)
Tudor Jones .... additional second assistant director (uncredited)
Amine Louadni .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Stephanie Lovell .... additional second second assistant director (uncredited)
Cian O'Clery .... third assistant director: Dubai (uncredited)
Sonia Rossier .... crowds assistant director (uncredited)
Antonin Schopfer .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ray Barrett .... construction coordinator: Morocco
Ilde Di Benedetto .... assistant art director: Dubai
Olivia Bloch-Lainé .... set decorator: overseas (as Olivia Bloch-Laine)
Carl Catanese .... buyer: Baltimore & Washington D.C.
Jana Chovancova .... art department coordinator: overseas (as Jana Evans)
John Cloke .... standby painter: Morocco
June Connon .... on-set dresser: overseas
Alexandra D'Ursel .... props buyer: Dubai
Alain Darthou .... construction coordinator: Dubai
Michael Davis .... construction coordinator: Baltimore & Washington D.C. (as Mike Davis)
Anthony DeFrancesco .... art department assistant: Baltimore & Washington D.C. (as Anthony Defrancesco)
Louise Del Araujo .... leadperson: USA
Pranali Diwadkar .... art department assistant: Dubai
Daran Fulham .... art director: Dubai
Francesca Gerlach .... standby painter: Baltimore & Washington D.C.
Susanna Glattly .... charge scenic: Baltimore & Washington D.C.
Jeffrey Pratt Gordon .... on-set dresser: USA (as Jeff Pratt Gordon)
Kevin Harris .... head of department carpenter: Morocco (as Kevin H. Harris)
Paul Hedges .... property master: overseas (as Paul Hedges Sr.)
William Hendrick .... set dresser: Baltimore & Washington D.C. (as William P 'Patio' Hendrick)
Alan Hook .... art director: USA
Eric Hunsaker .... set dresser: Baltimore & Washington D.C.
Kevin Kropp .... assistant property master: Baltimore & Washington D.C.
Deden Krouchi .... production buyer: overseas
Andrew Menzies .... art director: Baltimore & Washington D.C.
Ron Napier .... construction lead foreman: Baltimore & Washington D.C. (as Ronald J. Napier Jr.)
Tony Nicholson Jr. .... leadperson: overseas (as Tony Nicholson)
Marguerite Ots .... head of department painter: Morocco
Laurent Ott .... overseas art director
Jan Pascale .... set decorator: USA
Marion Picard .... assistant set decorator: overseas
Lionel Pouchard .... storyboard artist
Benoît Sanson .... assistant set decorator: Geneva (as Benoit Sanson)
Tanja Schaffenrath .... assistant property master: Dubai
Philip Schneider .... property master: USA (as Phil Schneider)
Stephen G. Shifflette .... set dresser: Baltimore & Washington D.C.
Christian Tobin .... set dresser: overseas
Krissi Williamson .... buyer: UK (as Krissi Williamsen)
Tiffany Zappulla .... buyer: Baltimore & Washington D.C.
Mark Bentley .... set dresser (uncredited)
Erik Boring .... set dresser (uncredited)
Alex Brandenburg .... set dresser (uncredited)
Ronald J. Crouthamel .... carpenter (uncredited)
Jack Dyer .... stagehand (uncredited)
Ginny Galloway .... art department coordinator: USA (uncredited)
Abdenabi Izlaguen .... props (uncredited)
Billy 'Jilly Bones' Jones .... scenic: Baltimore (uncredited)
Ted Lubonovich II .... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Jim Magdaleno .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Silvija L. Moess .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Ted Nolan .... construction gang boss (uncredited)
Amin Rharda .... props buyer (uncredited)
David Scheper .... propmaker (uncredited)
Chris Snyder .... construction coordinator: reshoots (uncredited)
Michele Tedlis .... art department coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Jennifer Tufaro .... art production assistant (uncredited)
E. Parker Webb .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Betancourt .... foley mixer
Larry Blake .... sound re-recording mixer
Larry Blake .... supervising sound editor
Julie Feiner .... sound editor
Dawn Fintor .... foley artist
Carl Fischer .... boom operator
Mick Gormaley .... assistant sound editor
Ben Greaves .... second boom operator: overseas
Petur Hliddal .... sound mixer
Vanessa Lapato .... sound editor
Jeena M. Phelps .... sound editor (as Jeena Phelps)
Michael Rayle .... second boom operator: USA
Jeff Sawyer .... sound editor
Joe Schiff .... assistant sound editor
Alicia Stevenson .... foley artist
Derek Casari .... foley engineer (uncredited)
Vanessa Lapato .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
Eric Raber .... digital sound transfer engineer (uncredited)
Greg Steele .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Hank Atterbury .... special effects coordinator: USA
Trevor Neighbour .... special effects foreman: overseas
Matt Veale .... assistant special effects technician: overseas
Trevor Wood .... special effects coordinator: overseas
Everett Byrom III .... special effects coordinator: Texas (uncredited)
William Catania .... special effects (uncredited)
Chris Hampton .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Stefano Pepin .... special effects tecnician (uncredited)
Thomas Turnbull .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Eric Durst .... visual effects supervisor
Oliver Arnold .... lighting technical director (uncredited)
Timur 'Taron' Baysal .... visual effects (uncredited)
Christian Bloch .... digital artist: Eden FX (uncredited)
Andrea D'Amico .... visual effects executive producer: Eden FX (uncredited)
Andrew Edwards .... inferno artist (uncredited)
Derry Frost .... director of production: Amalgamated Pixels (uncredited)
Spence Fuller .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
John F. Gross .... visual effects supervisor: Eden FX (uncredited)
Timothy Heys-Cerchio .... motion control operator (uncredited)
Erik Liles .... compositing supervisor (uncredited)
Michael Meagher .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Rob Meyers .... visual effects (uncredited)
Scott Michelson .... visual effects executive producer (uncredited)
Roger Mocenigo .... digital compositor: Amalgamated Pixels (uncredited)
Michael Morreale .... executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels Inc. (uncredited)
David R. Morton .... digital artist (uncredited)
Greg Nelson .... compositor (uncredited)
Jeremy Oddo .... visual effects (uncredited)
Phillip Palousek .... visual effects coordinator: Amalgamated Pixels Inc. (uncredited)
Chris Payne .... compositor (uncredited)
Eddie Robison .... digital effects artist (uncredited)
Chris B. Schnitzer .... visual effects production supervisor: Warner Bros. (uncredited)
Gregory S. Scribner .... digital artist (uncredited)
Martha Soehendra .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Katie Spinelli .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
Colin Strause .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Greg Strause .... visual effects supervisor (uncredited)
Wilson Tang .... digital restoration (uncredited)
Shigeharu Tomotoshi .... visual effects (uncredited)
Chris Wells .... cg supervisor: Hydraulx (uncredited)
Yoshiya Yamada .... modeling supervisor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bruce Cain .... stunts
Steve Dent .... stunt coordinator
David Garrick .... stunts
Matthew Sampson .... stunts
C.C. Smiff .... stunts (as Neil Smith)
Peter White .... stunts
Len Woodcock .... stunts (as Lenny Woodcock)
Bruce Cain .... stunt double: George Clooney (uncredited)
Rick Kain .... precision driver (uncredited)
Michael Luckeroth .... precision driver (uncredited)
Ron Oakley .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Ron Oakley .... stunts: Dubai (uncredited)
Domonkos Pardanyi .... stunts (uncredited)
David Pryce .... precision driver (uncredited)
Andy Smart .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alfred Ainsworth .... video assist: USA (as Alfred Ainsworth Jr.)
Colin Anderson .... camera operator
Colin Anderson .... steadicam operator
Sidney Ray Baldwin .... still photographer (as Sidney R. Baldwin)
Michael Bauman .... chief lighting technician: USA
Mike Bonnaud .... assistant chief lighting technician: USA (as Michael Bonnaud)
Jasmine Yuen Carrucan .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, overseas (as Jasmine Yuen-Carrucan)
Marcello Colaciello .... genny operator: Morocco
Clint Covey .... best boy grip: Dubai
Adam Dale .... aerial director of photography: second aerial unit
Will Dearborn .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, USA
Claudio Del Gobbo .... dolly grip: overseas
Massimiliano Dessena .... best boy grip: overseas
Crispin Dominic .... assistant chief lighting technician: Dubai
François Duhamel .... still photographer
Kate Filby .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, second aerial unit
Will Humphris .... loader: overseas
Barry Idoine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Michael Kenner .... key grip: USA
Martin Kenzie .... director of photography: second aerial unit
David Kirman .... video assist: Morocco
Jeff Kunkel .... dolly grip: USA (as Jeffrey Sherman Kunkel)
Thomas Loizeaux .... camera operator: USA
Oliver Loncraine .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, second unit
Gavin McKenzie .... 24 frame playback creator: overseas
Ray Meere .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, second aerial unit
Tommaso Mele .... key grip: overseas
David Morgan .... camera operator: second aerial unit
John Morris .... best boy grip: USA (as John P. Morris III)
Spencer Murray .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, second aerial unit
Charlie Newberry .... loader: USA
Rhys Owen .... 24 frame video playback: Dubai
James Plannette .... chief lighting technician: overseas (as Jim Plannette)
David Presley .... video assist: overseas
Ken Regan .... still photographer
Mike Sime .... 24 frame playback creator: USA (as Michael Sime)
Mike Sime .... 24 frame playback technician: overseas (as Michael Sime)
Adrian Spanna .... 24 frame video playback: Dubai
Wes Sullivan .... rigging gaffer: USA
Gregor Tavenner .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Sara-Jane Valentine .... 24 frame playback creator: overseas (as Sara-Jane Owen)
Daniel Vilar .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, overseas (as Daniel Vilar Jorda)
Mark Walpole .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, USA
Glen Wilson .... still photographer
Charlie Woodburn .... first assistant camera: Wescam, second aerial unit
Francesco Zaccaria .... assistant chief lighting technician: overseas
Simon Baechler .... second video assistant: Geneva (uncredited)
Chris Bangma .... technician: Libra remote head (uncredited)
Jonathan Beck .... additional focus puller (uncredited)
Joey Bruce .... rigging electrician: Maryland (uncredited)
Kelly Clear .... chief lighting technician: pick-up shots (uncredited)
Lamont Crawford .... key grip: New York (uncredited)
Paul Daley .... unit gaffer (uncredited)
Thomas M. Dangcil .... electrician: USA (uncredited)
Willie E. Dawkins .... additional photography (uncredited)
Stefano Di Pasquali .... grip (uncredited)
Kate Filby .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Doriano Forti .... grip (uncredited)
Claudio Frollano .... electrician (uncredited)
Bryan Gilbert .... grip (uncredited)
Tim Hennessy .... additional camera loader (uncredited)
Tim Kossa .... additional rigging electrician (uncredited)
Paul Lambiase .... grip: Los Angeles (uncredited)
Christopher Murphy .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Heather Page .... additional photographer: Texas (uncredited)
Giorgio Pezzotti .... grip (uncredited)
Michael Pinkey .... camera operator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Adam Drew Schwartz .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Angel M. Sepulveda .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Cristiano Sergioli .... grip truck (uncredited)
Ian Speed .... libra technician (uncredited)
Julian Sternthal .... grip: Maryland (uncredited)
Rick Strodel .... grip (uncredited)
Mariana Sánchez de Antuñano .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Brett Tyler .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
Mike Wilson .... rigging electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Kristy Carlson .... casting assistant
Elizabeth Greenberg .... casting assistant: New York
Arlene Kiyabu .... casting assistant
Philip N. Labib .... casting coordinator: Dubai
Pat Moran .... casting: Baltimore/Washington DC
Linda Mutawi .... casting coordinator: Dubai (as Linda Murphy)
Juliette Ménager .... casting: France (as Juliette Menager)
Nashwa Al Ruwaini .... casting: Egypt (as Nashwa Alruwani)
Alia Al Shibli .... casting coordinator: Dubai
Amie Stephenson .... casting assistant
Souhail Wilson .... casting coordinator: Dubai
Dagmar Wittmer .... extras casting: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Todd Feldman .... extras casting associate (uncredited)
Deanna Gallucio .... extras casting assistant: New York (uncredited)
Luis Garcia .... casting assistant (uncredited)
Barbara Harris .... voice casting (uncredited)
Kelly Hunt .... extras casting (uncredited)
Laura Neal .... extras casting assistant (uncredited)
Sonia Rossier .... extras casting assistant: Geneva (uncredited)
Mandy Sprinkel .... extras casting (uncredited)
John Strawbridge .... casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Abdelkrim Akallach .... costumer: Morocco (as Karim Akallach)
Johnetta Boone .... key costumer: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
John Casey .... costume supervisor (as John C. Casey)
Chafika Khannous .... costumer: Morocco (as Chafika El Khannous)
Deborah Latham .... set costumer (as Deborah Binkley)
Mara Majorowicz .... set costumer: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Marina Marit .... key set costumer
Carolyn Marston .... set costumer: overseas
Neil McClean .... set costumer: overseas
Kay Nigg-Devanthey .... costume buyer: Geneva (as Kay Devanthey)
Leila Oumami .... costumer: Morocco (as Laila Oumami)
Nina Padovano .... costumer: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Ajith Prera .... assistant to costume designer: Dubai
Garet Reilly .... costumer: Baltimore & Washington, D.C. (as Garet Reilly-Batchelor)
Richard Schoen .... key costumer
Dana Schondelmeyer .... assistant to costume designer: Morocco
Barnaby Smith .... set costumer
Gabriel DellaVecchia .... wardrobe production assistant (uncredited)
Michele Forsythe .... set costumer (uncredited)
Otmane Khammari .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Senna Shanti .... costumer (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Sorin Ariel Iarovici .... second assistant editor (as Sorin Iarovici)
Abazar Khayami .... post-production assistant
Bryan Kohl .... post-production assistant (as Brian Kohl)
Stephen McManus .... post-production assistant
Ryan Murphy .... first assistant editor
Stephen Nakamura .... digital film colorist
Daniel Pine .... post-production assistant
Jessica Kumai Scott .... post-production assistant
Ron Barr .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Steve Calalang .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Bill Daly .... post-production executive (uncredited)
Michael T. Forrest .... on-line editor (uncredited)
Mo Henry .... negative cutter (uncredited)
Keith Shaw .... colorist: mastering (uncredited)
Yoram Tal .... on-line editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jivan Gasparyan .... musician: duduk (as Djivan Gaspariyan)
Dennis S. Sands .... score mixer (as Dennis Sands)
Dennis S. Sands .... score recordist (as Dennis Sands)
Nick Vidar .... music editor
Jean-Pascal Beintus .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bryan Clements .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Mark Eshelman .... scoring crew (uncredited)
Mark Graham .... music librarian (uncredited)
Greg Loskorn .... scoring technician (uncredited)
Matt McLeod .... scoring stage crew (uncredited)
Adam Michalak .... score recordist (uncredited)
Peter Rotter .... music contractor (uncredited)
Andrew Shulman .... musician: cello soloist (uncredited)
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation (uncredited)
Nick Vidar .... music programmer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Khalid Ameskane .... transport assistant: Morocco
Ali Bakkioui .... transportation captain: Morocco
Kawtar Bellafquih .... secretary: action vehicles, Morocco (as Kawtar Bellfquih)
Ahmed Benjlil .... action vehicles: finder, Morocco
Greg Campbell .... action vehicles coordinator: Morocco
Gerard Cavat .... transportation captain: Geneva
Roy Clarke .... transportation captain: overseas
Rick Cochin .... transportation captain: USA
Said Errifaai .... action vehicle assistant: Morocco
Gerry Gore .... transportation coordinator: overseas
Graham Kelly .... action vehicles supervisor: overseas
Michael Luckeroth .... transportation coordinator: USA
Adil Miftah .... transport assistant: Morocco
Ron Oakley .... action vehicle coordinator: Dubai
Chris Webb .... transportation captain: Dubai
Gilbert Young .... transportation coordinator: USA
Declan Barry .... prop truck driver (uncredited)
Redouane Fihi .... transportation (uncredited)
Roy A. Grace .... driver (uncredited)
Louise Hills .... assistant transportation coordinator: Dubai (uncredited)
Boris Olomi .... picture vehicle technician (uncredited)
Chris J. Smith .... picture vehicle technician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Adil Abdelwahab .... assistant location manager: Morocco
Mohammed Abdulkader .... location assistant: Dubai
Kirby Adams .... key location accountant
Samia Adnan .... dialogue coach
Nasser Ahmed .... liaison officer: Dubai
Hassan Al Sweidi .... cultural consultant
Kate Amer .... key production coordinator: USA
Saundra Marie Ardito .... assistant production accountant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Dylan Ashbrook .... assistant: Jennifer Fox
Saddam Badreddine .... assistant location manager: Dubai
Clint Bailey .... boat supervisor: Morocco
Daren Bailey .... marine supervisor: Morocco (as Darren Bailey)
Joel Bailey .... boat supervisor: Morocco
Jane Bard .... craft service: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Jody Beaudin .... location accountant: Geneva
Rich Beierlein .... office staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Mohamed Benhmamane .... location scout: Morocco (as Mohammed Benhamane)
Michael Knox Beran .... technical consultant
Debra Berriman .... production coordinator: Dubai
Bikram Singh Bhamra .... dialogue coach (as Urdu-Bikram Singh Bhamra)
Shannon Burke .... consultant
Kami Calevro .... assistant production accountant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Doug Carter .... set staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C. (as Douglas Carter)
Ayesha Chagla .... office staff assistant: Dubai
S. Todd Christensen .... key location manager: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Philippe Coeytaux .... location manager: Geneva
Brian Cooper .... assistant production office coordinator: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Ian Creed .... marine coordinator: overseas
Simon Crook .... unit location manager: Dubai
Clare Cunningham .... assistant production accountant: overseas
Mary Cybulski .... script supervisor
Cristiano D'Urso .... assistant production accountant: overseas
Tom Dames .... assistant production accountant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Louise DeCordoba .... financial controller (as Louise De Cordoba)
Melissa Demino .... office staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Guy Drayton .... safety diver: Morocco
Kevin Dugard .... set medic: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Stephanie Dölker .... production coordinator: Geneva (as Stephanie Dolker)
Madeleine Ehrenborg .... assistant production office coordinator: Geneva
Mehdi El Atlassi .... staff assistant: Morocco (as My Elmahdi El Atlass)
Caprice Ericson .... assistant location manager: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Said Errifaai .... marine assistant: Morocco
Evelyn S. Farkas .... set medic: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Tom Forbes .... production secretary: overseas
D'Etta Galloway .... office staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Ginny Galloway .... assistant production office coordinator: Baltimore & Washington, D.C. (as Ginny Galloway Wyman)
Virginia Geckler .... set staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Simone Goodridge .... key production coordinator: overseas
Raf Green .... assistant: Stephen Gaghan
Faical Hajji .... staff assistant: Morocco
Hakima Hammoudi .... unit nurse: Morocco (as Hakima Hammadi)
Peter Harcourt .... safety diver: Morocco (as Peter Hardcourt)
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Joshua C. Hersko .... set staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Dan Hillsdon .... assistant production accountant: overseas
Gaspard Hirschi .... office staff assistant: Geneva
Houda Jabrane .... unit doctor: Morocco
Gareth Jones .... security coordinator
Aymen Khalifa .... cultural consultant
Elizabeth Kirkscey .... script supervisor: second aerial unit
Khadja Koulla .... production coordinator: Morocco (as Khadija Koulla)
Alex Krimm .... emergency medical technician: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Alex Krimm .... water safety: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Ashifa Lalani .... location accountant: Morocco
Emily Lascelles .... production coordinator: Morocco/Dubai
John Latenser V .... location manager: Washington DC
Matthew Lee .... production secretary: UK
James Linville .... assistant production accountant: USA
Christopher Lopez .... helicopter technician: second aerial unit
Stephen MacSearraigh .... technical consultant
Elizabeth MacSwan .... set staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Daniel F. Malone .... marine coordinator: USA
Sayed Mansoor .... location assistant: Dubai
Peter McClue .... safety diver: Morocco
Angel McConnell .... assistant: George Clooney
Maureen McEvoy .... set staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C. (as Maureen E. McEvoy)
Christian McWilliams .... location manager: Morocco
Chris Menke .... production secretary: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Aurélie Mertenat .... office staff assistant: Geneva (as Aurelie Mertenat)
Talal Al Mobaid .... location assistant: Dubai
Abdul Al Azez Mohamad .... location assistant: Dubai
Melissa Morgan .... set staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Peter Morgan .... office staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Lee Murphy .... boat supervisor: Morocco
Serge Musy .... assistant location manager: Geneva
Nigel Nally .... production secretary: Morocco
Mohamad Al Nassani .... assistant location manager: Dubai
Ruth Nicol .... unit nurse: overseas
Matthew H. O'Connor .... assistant marine coordinator: Baltimore & Washington, D.C. (as Matt O'Connor)
Colin J. O'Hara .... assistant: Matt Damon (as Colin O'Hara)
Muna Otaru .... office staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
Lance Palmer .... boat supervisor: Morocco
Edward Poveda .... payroll accountant
Fares Rabah .... location assistant: Dubai
Ben Rimmer .... location manager: second aerial unit
Jack Shaheen .... technical consultant (as Dr. Jack G. Shaheen)
Michael Sharp .... key location manager: Dubai
Dave Shaw .... dive safety supervisor: Morocco
Keleigh Slaight .... assistant: Stephen Gaghan (as Meredith Keleigh Slaight)
Joanna Slennett .... production coordinator: UK (as Jo Slennett)
Stuart Stevens .... technical consultant
Heather Thomas-Hughes .... unit nurse: second aerial unit
Peter Titterell .... catering supervisor: overseas
Catherine Tyler .... set staff assistant: overseas
John D. Vaughan .... estimator: budgeting
Derek Wade .... office staff assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C.
John Burton West .... production coordinator: Los Angeles
Marc Wolff .... aerial coordinator: second aerial unit
Marc Wolff .... specialist pilot: second aerial unit
Ammar Yasser .... assistant location manager: Dubai
Rehya Young .... key location assistant: Baltimore & Washington, D.C. (as Reyha Young)
Hamid Zoughi .... location manager: Morocco
Youssef Abagourram .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Zaid Abu Hamdan .... runner (uncredited)
John Arbuckle .... assistant marine coordinator (uncredited)
Luke Avery .... production assistant (uncredited)
Luke Barnett .... stand-in (uncredited)
Denise A. Beale .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ralph Bertelle .... production coordinator: additional photography (uncredited)
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer: Morroco and Dubai (uncredited)
Brinton Bryan .... key set production assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Tom J. Carlisle .... production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Leah Chalk .... health and safety (uncredited)
Tora Chung .... assistant production coordinator: re-shoots (uncredited)
Alissa Collins .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Michael Dennehy .... accounting clerk (uncredited)
John Doty .... stand-in (uncredited)
Jake Edmonds .... health and safety coordinator (uncredited)
Hicham El Ghorfi .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jordan Brendan Finnegan .... set production assistant: Los Angeles (uncredited)
McCord Fitzsimmons .... production assistant (uncredited)
Robbie Friedmann .... location manager: Texas (uncredited)
Steven Fulton .... production assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
Joel Goldes .... dialect coach (uncredited)
Cleve Gray .... stand-in (uncredited)
Vanessa Grayson .... utility stand-in (uncredited)
John David Gunkle .... location assistant: Morocco (uncredited)
Lisa Hagenmeyer .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
John Henry .... production assistant: New York (uncredited)
Sarah Hood .... production assistant: preparation, UK (uncredited)
Richard Hooper .... supervising armorer (uncredited)
Mark Jacyszyn .... production supervisor: Captive Audience Prod. (uncredited)
Charles 'Man' Johnson .... film runner (uncredited)
Richard Keeshan .... office production assistant: additional photography, New York (uncredited)
Laura King .... set medic (uncredited)
R. Mike King .... location manager: New York (uncredited)
Dan Krovich .... production assistant (uncredited)
Myriam Loukili .... accountant (uncredited)
Harvey Lowry .... director of operations: Captive Audience Productions (uncredited)
Joseph Martin .... location scout (uncredited)
Peter Martorano .... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
Darren Maynard .... production assistant (uncredited)
Gil McKinney .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Steve Mortimore .... location scout: Spain (uncredited)
Jessica Needleman .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Matthew Dillon Noonan .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Brian M. O'Neill .... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
Patrick Tendai Pfupajena .... additional production assistant: Washington D.C. (uncredited)
Jonathan Reich .... location scout: Washington, DC (uncredited)
Ed Symon .... production runner (uncredited)
Kevin Trehy .... production executive (uncredited)
Karen Wacker .... assistant production office coordinator: Texas (uncredited)
Steven Wargo .... key craft services: New York (uncredited)
Troy Waters .... marine coordinator (uncredited)
Don Whatley .... stand-in (uncredited)
Terrence B. Zinn .... key set production assistant: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Thanks
King Mohamed VI .... special thanks (as HM The King Mohammed VI)
 
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74 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
An Exhausting Tour of the Many Faces of Corruption Around Oil, 11 December 2005
Author: noralee from Queens, NY

In "Syriana," writer/director Stephen Gaghan uses the busy style of "Crash" and "Amores Perros" to illustrate the complex geopolitics behind oil. Each sector--regulators, "intelligence", lobbyists, grease-the-wheel-ers and cogs-in-the-wheel-ers, in the network of greed, idealism, self-interest, sophistication and naiveté, is represented by a different character followed through the movie to bring them together, directly or indirectly, into the climax.

This technique to coordinate a huge ensemble of captivating character actors woven tightly together in a complex story is helped enormously by Robert Elswit's ever-moving camera shots as visually and sound edited by Tim Squyres, who had some experience with overlapping dialog and movement in a more literal upstairs/downstairs on Robert Altman's "Gosford Park." Alexandre Desplat's music adds to the tense mood.

The variegation that Gaghan presents is almost staggering, even more ethically complicated than a Graham Greene Cold War noir. This is the first film I've seen that illustrates the diversity of clashing Islamic cultures and interests, despite that I couldn't keep their interests or motives all quite straight. Though the English subtitles (which are commendably outlined in black for unusual legibility) wipe out some of the distinctions, we can infer that Iranians are speaking Farsi, Pakistanis' Urdu and others speaking Arabic, all with varying fluency and mutual cultural comprehension, let alone manipulators who can speak anything besides their native tongues. We've seen immigrants and guest workers in films critical of Western countries, but not the resentment-brewing conditions of badly treated non-citizens in the oil-rich Persian Gulf states, like the fictional one here which looks a lot like Dubai or Brunei, where clusters of modern skyscrapers contrast with Bedouin goat herders. It does help for background on the fascinating side plot of the radicalized young Arabs to see "Paradise Now" about Palestinian terrorists to explain particular details of their training.

While each character is specifically set within a believable home and family setting, some are painted with too easy and broad strokes. While Alexander Siddig seems to have the monopoly on naively idealistic Arabs, as his similar character in "Kingdom of Heaven" against another Crusades, history is littered with the interim, modernizing liberal tragically caught between powerful forces. (Though the proliferation of Western-educated Arab intellectuals in movies is beginning to sound like all those Japanese generals in World War II movies who went to USC or whatever; at least he went to Oxford and not Harvard.)

Matt Damon's un-Bourne-like energy analyst just sounds simplistic even when he's truth-telling, but we also see that he's already slid down the slippery slope of ethics in the crossing of his personal and professional lives. That so many of the oil and gas executives have Texas accents (superb Chris Cooper, Tim Blake Nelson, Robert Foxworth) does seem to say that the decades of business and political corruption there, as documented in Robert Caro's biography of LBJ, have simply been extended to a global scale.

The film is also unusual in focusing on the role of lawyers negotiating the deals between companies and governments. While Christopher Plummer's Ivy League senior partner type has been seen as a shadowy force in countless paranoid thrillers, Jeffrey Wright is completely unpredictable and tightly wound, though the point of his relationship with his cynical alcoholic father isn't exactly clear except maybe as his conscience. We see before our eyes he goes from, as his mentor says, "a sheep into a lion."

Most films have prosecutors like David Clennon's U.S. attorney as a hero against corruption, instead of being chillingly dismissed as "trust fund lawyers." But the script is so full of such epigrams, like "In this town, you're only innocent until you're investigated," that one character calls another on issuing them too brightly.

While from the beginning I couldn't quite follow all the machinations around George Clooney's character, he is wonderful at transforming from his usual Cary Grant suave to harried, dedicated, mid-level bureaucrat who literally won't toe the Company line in a dangerous hierarchy that's shown to be a bit more competent than in real life, that reminded me both in the gut and guts of Russell Crowe's Wigand in the tobacco wars in "The Insider." It recalls how benign corrupt spooks looked in their personal lives, as there's much conversation here about houses, cars and college tuition. Indirectly, the film implicitly shows the dangers to Valerie Plame from her outing as a CIA operative, as families and personal connections are constantly used as threats and bargaining chips.

Significantly, there is not a single mention amidst all these Mideast chicaneries, plots and plans of the Zionist entity, proving that pro or anti-Israel policies are smoke screens around the main draw -- oil.

Movie-wise, these characters seem a lot like the gangsters and their conseglieres in "The Godfather" carving up Cuba and drug rights, let alone Gordon Gekko extolling "Greed is good" as the ultimate ideology, and fits right in with this year's other geo-political thrillers "The Constant Gardener" and "Lord of War," and those weren't even about natural resources. It works better than the re-make of "The Manchurian Candidate" because even though the focal point is a fictional country the issues are real, not science fiction.

So does this make you ready to get out of your car and onto the train? Because until then, we'll still need lots of that oil from the Middle East.

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