MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 10,023 this week

Osama (2003)

7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 6,773 users   Metascore: 83/100
Reviews: 70 user | 103 critic | 35 from Metacritic.com

The Taliban are ruling Afghanistan, they being a repressive regime especially for women, who, among other things, are not allowed to work. This situation is especially difficult for one ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 23 titles
created 01 Jan 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 05 Feb 2013
 
list image
a list of 29 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 40 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Osama (2003)

Osama (2003) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Osama.
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Near the Iraqi-Turkish border on the eve of an American invasion, refugee children like 13-year-old Kak (Ebrahim), gauge and await their fate.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Soran Ebrahim, Avaz Latif, Saddam Hossein Feysal
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

During the U.S.-Viet Nam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A French boarding school run by priests seems to be a haven from World War II until a new student arrives. He becomes the roommate of top student in his class. Rivals at first, the roommates form a bond and share a secret.

Director: Louis Malle
Stars: Gaspard Manesse, Raphael Fejtö, Francine Racette
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Young Iranian Kurds (brothers and sisters) try to save the youngest of them, who is seriously ill.

Director: Bahman Ghobadi
Stars: Ayoub Ahmadi, Rojin Younessi, Amaneh Ekhtiar-dini
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the Vietnam War disrupts and impacts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale
Come and See (1985)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov
Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Lauciavicius
Fateless (2005)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

14-year-old György's life is torn apart in World War II Hungary as he is sent to a concentration camp where he is forced to become a man, and learns to find happiness in the midst of hatred, and what it really means to be Jewish.

Director: Lajos Koltai
Stars: Marcell Nagy, Béla Dóra, Bálint Péntek
Blackboards (2000)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Itinerant Kurdish teachers, carrying blackboards on their backs, look for students in the hills and villages of Iran, near the Iraqi border during the Iran-Iraq war. Said falls in with a ... See full summary »

Director: Samira Makhmalbaf
Stars: Said Mohamadi, Behnaz Jafari, Bahman Ghobadi
To Live (1994)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry. Addicted to gambling, Fugui loses everything. In the years that ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang
Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu
Brothers (2004)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Two brothers must negotiate changing roles and shifting family dynamics when one is sent to war in Afghanistan.

Director: Susanne Bier
Stars: Ulrich Thomsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Connie Nielsen
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.

Director: Luis Mandoki
Stars: Carlos Padilla, Leonor Varela, Xuna Primus
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Mohammad Arif Herati ...
Zubaida Sahar ...
Mohammad Nadir Khwaja ...
Mullah
Mohamad Haref Harati
Gul Rehman Ghorbandi ...
Moazin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Khwaja Nader
Hamida Refah
Edit

Storyline

The Taliban are ruling Afghanistan, they being a repressive regime especially for women, who, among other things, are not allowed to work. This situation is especially difficult for one family consisting solely of three women representing three successive generations. All the males in their family have died in various Afghani wars. The mother had been working as a nurse in a hospital, but regardless of she not being allowed to work, the Taliban has cut off funding to the hospital. The mother and grandmother make what they feel is the only decision they can to survive: they will have the preteen daughter masquerade as a boy so that she can get a job to support the family. The daughter, feeling powerless, agrees despite being scared as if the Taliban discover her masquerade, she is certain they will kill her. Partly as a symbolic measure, the daughter plants a lock of her now cut hair in a pot so that her lost femininity can flourish. The only people outside the family who know of the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

| |

Language:

| |

Release Date:

27 June 2003 (Afghanistan)  »

Also Known As:

Osama  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

$46,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$51,969 (USA) (6 February 2004)

Gross:

$1,127,331 (USA) (23 April 2004)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Siddiq Barmak was helped in the making of his film by leading Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf who gave him $100,000 funding and the 35mm cameras and equipment he needed. Makhmalbaf also persuaded his regular cinematographer Ebrahim Ghafori to work on the project. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 61st Annual Golden Globe Awards (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The other kind of terrorism…
30 November 2004 | by (Luoyang, China) – See all my reviews

In a time when the world is so focused on the conflict unfolding in Iraq, the thing that is most clear to me after watching this movie is the old saying that after thousands of years of wars fought in the name of religion, we are not a second closer to peace than we ever were. Osama looks at one of the many religious struggles in the world by focusing on the plight of women under the iron fist of the Taliban, one of the sickest and most debase groups on earth.

The story focuses on a young girl living in an all female family, and since they live in an area ruled by the Taliban, they are not allowed to leave the house, because women walking around unaccompanied by a male are promptly arrested and subjected to inhuman punishments. With no way to feed themselves, since women are not even allowed to leave the house, much less work, their only choice is to dress up their youngest member of the family as a boy and have her go out and find work to feed everyone else.

The most important thing that the film does is that it calls attention to the atrocities that are being committed by religious groups beyond hijacking planes or planting roadside bombs or kidnapping and beheading people. In addition to all of those horrible atrocities, there are women in Afghanistan that are literally treated not just like property, but like animals.

At one point in the movie, one character, a woman, wishes that God had never created women. The fact that she wishes that God had never created women, rather than wishing something a little more logical, like that God had never created the Taliban, serves to bring into sharp focus the extent to which the Taliban have perverted these women's minds.

The film opens with a surreal scene of a large group of women in ghostly blue burkhas in a demonstration in which they chant their desire for the right to work, for some reason seeming to have forgotten that they do not even have the right to assemble. The local Taliban, however, remembers this little detail very clearly, and starts by hosing the women down with high-pressure hoses before opening fire on them. That such madness is committed in the name of some god is an illustration of how humans can take the concept of religion and twist it so horribly wrong that they can justify doing whatever on earth they feel like.

The movie is a study not only of the atrocious practices that are carried out against women by the Taliban, but also an illustration of the elasticity of the concept of religion. Especially in America, we have this conception of religion as this benevolent force that transcends the suffering that we endure on earth and promises justification through a higher medium. Osama shows us that it is the very concept of religion that is used in some practices to justify that suffering for which we look above for reasoning and comfort.

The Taliban have succeeded in amassing all of the worst possible appropriations associated with religion, turning it from a benevolent force and into a tool with which to justify their massive destruction of human rights, which are not an American concept but a religious one.

Aristotle once said, 'I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God that has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forego their use.'

Similarly, I personally do not feel obliged to believe that any God in existence, presiding over any religious sect, could possibly approve of the wholesale torture, abuse, and destruction of women, a divine creation if there is a single one on earth.


32 of 42 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Gender discovered a_u5
The US has hurt Afghanistan more then it has helped. Segarr
Other movies taking place in the Middle East Taxxorrak
terrible subtitles oliviag
"Osama" wins the Golden Globe! asad_raza
Skipping viccheng69ca
Discuss Osama (2003) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?