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


(as Alejandro González Iñárritu)
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Mohamed Akhzam ...
Trevor Martin ...
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Georges Bousquet ...
Claudine Acs ...
André Oumansky ...
Wendy Nottingham ...
Henry Maratray ...
Linda Broughton ...


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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Did You Know?


Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett later would play a couple again in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008). Both films were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. See more »


(at around 26 mins) After Chieko takes her panties off she walks back up to the table with her friends. In this shot you can see the reflection of the steadicam arm, operator and an assistant in the mirror in the top left area of the screen. 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 In the Middle of the Night (2016) See more »


La Fea
Banda El Recodo
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Excellent performances, superb direction, wonderful script!
25 May 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Babel is my film of the year, and probably the best film I've seen in quite a few years.

The film looks at relationships, from husband/wife, parent/children, brother/sister and plays around the themes of love in adversity. The characters are all interlinked in a very random way, it's a little like 10 degrees of separation.

The film is set in Morocco, Mexico, Japan and the US, and the director makes full use of the different backdrops to bring the picture alive.

The characters are deep and insightful, each has a problem to face up to and the subtle, naturalistic way their issues play out make for truly emotional cinema. This is not a film about heroes, it's a film about trying to make the right choices when your back is to the wall, and the doubts that go with this.

Great movie, especially if you're a parent as your protective instincts will kick in at least once during this movie!

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