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Babel (I) (2006)

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Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

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4 interlocking stories all connected by a single gun all converge at the end and reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we... Written by Mac

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A single gunshot heard around the world. See more »



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Rated R for violence, some graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Вавилон  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$389,351 (USA) (27 October 2006)


$34,300,771 (USA) (23 March 2007)

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Because the nature of the movie, being filmed in several countries, the shooting took a mayor part of 2005. See more »


When Santiago is made to go out of the car at the border crossing, it's dawn light outside. When he gets back into the car and in the following scenes, it's night again. See more »


[first lines]
Hassan: It's almost new. Three hundred cartridges. The guy who gave it to me said you can hit as far as three kilometers.
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Referenced in Una familia de diez: Gaby y Plutarco enojados (2007) See more »


Gustavo Santaolalla
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Published by Universal-Musica Unica Publ. on behalf of Vasudeva Music BMI
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A Bit Of Teaching, A Lot Of Preaching, Oodles of Talent
2 March 2007 | by (An Anglo In Italy) – See all my reviews

I loved "Amores Perros" It was revolutionary in so many ways and smelled like the real thing even if I couldn't quite put my finger as to what the real thing really was. "21 Grams" had gigantic intentions and superb performances but didn't feel quite revolutionary because we had kind of seen it before - and better - in "Amores Perros". Now "Babel" and, my goodness, the first thing that comes to mind is, what an extraordinary filmmaker Inarritu really is. I suspect that his universe, even if it feels infinite, it is framed - beautifully so - between the walls of biblical references. His methods may be way ahead of the times but the roots are as ancestral as fire itself. I'm not sure where I want to go with all this but the question is, Inarritu is taking me places and that's what I long for in a filmmaker. He's not taking any of us for granted and I'm very grateful for that. His movies are experiences and I for one can't wait for the next one.

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