Crimson Gold (2003)
"Talaye sorkh" (original title)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  12 September 2003 (UK)
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An Iranian pizza delivery man sees the worst of corruption and social unbalance in his city and is driven to crime.



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Credited cast:
Hossain Emadeddin ...
Kamyar Sheisi ...
Azita Rayeji ...
The Bride
Shahram Vaziri ...
The Jeweler
Ehsan Amani ...
The Man in the Tea House
Pourang Nakhael ...
The Rich Man
Kaveh Najmabadi ...
The Seller
Saber Safael ...
The Soldier
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Behnaz Houri
Mehran Rajabi
Ramin Rastad
Yadollah Samadian


For Hussein, a pizza delivery driver, the imbalance of the social system is thrown in his face wherever he turns. One day when his friend, Ali, shows him the contents of a lost purse, Hussein discovers a receipt of payment and cannot believe the large sum of money someone spent to purchase an expensive necklace. He knows that his pitiful salary will never be enough to afford such luxury. Hussein receives yet another blow when he and Ali are denied entry to an uptown jewelry store because of their appearance. His job allows him a full view of the contrast between rich and poor. He motorbikes every evening to neighborhoods he will never live in, for a closer look at what goes on behind closed doors. But one night, Hussein tastes the luxurious life, before his deep feelings of humiliation push him over the edge. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Crimson Gold  »

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$17,427 (USA) (16 January 2004)


$147,844 (USA) (25 June 2004)

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1.66 : 1
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This film was never distributed to Iranian cinemas because it was considered too "dark" by Ministry of Culture of Iran. Therefore, it was not able to be considered as the Iranian entry for Best Foreign Language Film for the 2003 Oscars because it was not released in Iran. See more »


Referenced in Taxi Tehran (2015) See more »

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a clever director,a pizza delivery,a jewellery gallery,a shocked man ,a good movie
13 July 2005 | by (Tehran,Iran) – See all my reviews

Jafar Panahi is one of the best directors of Iran,his works are upon the best movies of the world,showing the social problems of Iran,after wards Sohrab Shahid Sales is the best choice for watching movies,Crimson gold is the story of Hossein a soldier in Iran-Iraq war who got toxicated by chemical bombs is a mugger,and he delivers pizzas when doing his job he confronts completely different situations which his within is dazzled by them,he saw his friend which he wad a soldier too ,in a luxurious house,Hossein delivered pizza to his house and the price was 20.5 $,he paid him 21 bucks instead an d told him ,keep the tip,he saw the pain if society,he saw the pain within,every time he went to the jewellery's galleries he confronted with shocking prices, this movie is unrealizable for foreigners because they don't know the picture of our society and it's levels, first our society had three levels but the second level is vanishing and there will be only the level that lives in poverty ,and the level that is vomiting money, this movie is not the best movie,it's good but it has some boring scenes,but the direction,camera angles are good, this movie has somethings hided behind the scenes,you should know Iran to see this movie by the way i give it 7.2 out of 10

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