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Paradise Now -- "PARADISE NOW" follows two Palestinian childhood friends who have been recruited for a strike on Tel Aviv and focuses on their last days together.
Paradise Now -- Two childhood friends are recruited for a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv.

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Release Date:
18 November 2005 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 14 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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Had me thinking.... See more (150 total) »

Cast

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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 
Pierre Hodgson 

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 .... 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 Mitnic .... electrician (as Yana Mitnik)
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
 

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material and brief strong language
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90 min
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When the film was nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, much controversy surrounded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' decision to designate it as a submission from the Palestinian Authority, rather than Palestine. Due to much protestation from writer-director Hany Abu-Assad, the film was eventually announced by Will Smith as being a submission from the Palestinian territories.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Khaled makes his speech for the second time, two of the people watching him are eating pitta. The man with the purple T-shirt is holding the pitta with his right hand in one shot, with his left in the next.See more »
Quotes:
Jamal:Do you remember the martyr Abul Azzam? He was very security minded. He said, if you fear death you're already dead. If you don't, you'll have a sudden and painless death. He drove the Mossad crazy. They spent millions trying to capture him. When they surrounded him, and he knew his fate was sealed, he opened the door and shouted, you've come to late!See more »
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147 out of 168 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.

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