IMDb > Paradise Now (2005)
Paradise Now
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Paradise Now (2005) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 7 | slideshow) Videos (see all 2)
Paradise Now -- Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

Overview

User Rating:
7.5/10   17,718 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Contact:
View company contact information for Paradise Now on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
7 September 2005 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In the next 36 hours, two childhood friends may do the unthinkable. See more »
Plot:
Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 12 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Had me thinking.... See more (146 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Lubna Azabal ... Suha
Hamza Abu-Aiaash ... Checkpoint Soldier
Kais Nashif ... Said
Lutuf Nouasser ... Car Owner (as Lotuf Neusser)

Ali Suliman ... Khaled
Mohammad Bustami ... Abu-Salim
Ahmad Fares ... Tea Boy
Waleed On-Allah ... Taxidriver Suha
Asaad Dwikat ... Shawarma Shop Owner
Imad Saber ... Shawarma Customer
Mohammad Kosa ... Photographer
Amer Hlehel ... Jamal

Hiam Abbass ... Said's Mother
Nour Abd El-Hadi ... Said's Sister
Amjad Al-Imlah ... Said's Brother
Dina Titi ... Khaled's Sister
Yosef Abo Dheir ... Khaled's Father
Sadi El-Masri ... Khaled's Attendant
Hana Sha'alan ... Khaled's Mother
Nabeel Shaheen ... Video Camera Man
Ayman Swedan ... Barber
Jamal Shaheen ... Explosive Maker
Hafez Mueen ... Explosive Attacher
Jamil Sawalmeh ... Guard 1
Deya Deen Hamaideh ... Guard 2
Thabet Abu-Zarour ... Guard 3

Ashraf Barhom ... Abu-Karem (as Ashraf Barhoum)
Bassam Al-Nubani ... Fighter 1
Mohammad Kaskas ... Fighter 2
Nabeeh Jum'a ... Fighter 3
Mohammad Arabbas ... Fighter 4
Saed Mayaleh ... Fighter 5
Dirar Suleiman ... Taxidriver Said (as Derar Suliman)
Mohammad Jibreel ... Van Driver
Wagde Ode ... Jamal's Assistant
Tha'er Abu-Zarour ... Shawarma Customer
Olivier Meidinger ... Abu-Shabaab
Salwa Ibrahim ... Khaled's Mother
Abd Elrahman Thaher ... Mechanic
Jamel Daher ... Car Owner (voice) (as Jamal Daher)

Directed by
Hany Abu-Assad 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hany Abu-Assad 
Bero Beyer 

Produced by
Bero Beyer .... producer
Muhammed Buqai .... associate producer
Rémi Burah .... co-producer
Amir Harel .... producer
Peter Hermann .... line producer
Gerhard Meixner .... producer
Koji Nelissen .... assistant producer
Hengameh Panahi .... producer
Roman Paul .... producer
Jeroen van den Idsert .... co-producer
Rozemarijn Vermeulen .... assistant producer
Yani .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Jina Sumedi 
 
Cinematography by
Antoine Héberlé 
 
Film Editing by
Sander Vos 
 
Production Design by
Olivier Meidinger 
 
Art Direction by
Bashir Abu Rabi'a 
 
Set Decoration by
Samir Hawa (2005)
 
Costume Design by
Walid Mawed 
 
Production Management
Baher Agbariya .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sabina Franke .... first assistant director
Enas I. Muthaffar .... second assistant director
 
Sound Department
Adrian Baumeister .... dialogue editor
Noemi Hampel .... sound editor
Uwe Haussig .... sound
Matthias Lempert .... sound re-recording mixer
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Marcus Sujata .... adr mixer
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ehab Assal .... assistant camera
Ehab Assal .... focus puller
Miki Berdougo .... electrician
Yana Mitnik .... electrician
Georg Nonnenmacher .... gaffer
François Perrault-Alix .... key grip
Laurie Sparham .... still photographer
 
Editorial Department
Michael Reuter .... post-production coordinator
Philip Whitfield .... telecine colorist
 
Other crew
Ossama Bawardi .... production crew
Bob Buchholz .... english language director
Feras Jabbour .... production crew
Koji Nelissen .... production intern
Nadia Saah .... publicity and marketing consultant
 
Thanks
Christopher McQuarrie .... thanks
Ed Solomon .... thanks
Alesia Weston .... special thanks
 

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language
Runtime:
90 min
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Jina Sumedi wrote an original score for the film that ultimately was not used.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Khalid speeds away in the green car the camera man is reflected in the car's windows.See more »
Quotes:
Car Owner:[to Saïd] It's crooked! Just like your father!See more »
Movie Connections:

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
146 out of 167 people found the following review useful.
Had me thinking...., 16 January 2006
Author: cyberent from United States

I can't add much more that hasn't already been said here previously. I walked into the theater expecting an obvious ending but was somewhat surprised with the slightly interesting twist on one of the characters. It's not hard to imagine that if a commercial Hollywood blockbuster studio had done this film, they would have chosen a less cerebral approach and added a pointless car chase and spectacular special effects with poorly cast big names. Fortunately this independent film chose to focus on the psychological and ideological elements of this complicated predicament that is very much a reality today. Nor was there a pretentious political statement here, just an unbiased view of how these people see things. I found myself sympathizing with the main characters at some point, something I never felt I could ever do. But it certainly had me questioning my own character. If I had been raised under the same circumstances, what would I do? Rarely does a film do this to me.... A very powerful film that Hollywood would never ever make. Highly recommended.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (146 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Paradise Now (2005)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
the coffee cup scene with Said and his mom ak3692
Jewish/Israeli POVs? drmalama
A few things about the Israeli-Arab conflict syd_floyd
Had I been in his circumstances, would I have done it ? AmO_MithrandiR
other great movies about the conflict? jmack514
A Vivid Look at a Terrorist's Mindset and Motives ck10101980
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Munich The Battle of Algiers Killer Kid Persepolis The Kite Runner
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Crime section IMDb Occupied Palestinian Territory section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.