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A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

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Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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£991,979 (UK) (21 November 2008)

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$39,380,442 (USA) (9 January 2009)
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Costume standards were such that performers portraying British police wore full regalia including a tie, utility belt, regimental insignia, and a bulletproof jacket even though none of these were visible under their blaze yellow police emergency-response raincoats. Also, these same police were usually positioned with their backs to the camera - which was often a quarter-mile away. See more »

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(at around 37 mins) As Ferris is leaving Aisha's apartment, there is the slightest reflection of a crew member sitting in a chair with a black cap observing the scene. It is just visible after Ferris' reflection leaves the picture frame and he walks out the door while the light outside hits it. See more »

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Title Card: I and the public know what all schoolchildren learn, those to whom evil is done, do evil in return. - W.H. Auden
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At the age of 70 Ridley Scott is still making Greats.
9 October 2008 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

One of the Greatest Directors of All time has picked a touchy subject for his newest film. Did Rid pull it off?

Body of Lies is a smart political thriller on the state of some of the world's debacles,

Some of the high points of the film were the action sequences which were very similar to the style of action sequences of "Black Hawk Down". The acting was also great. Personally i liked Crowe's performance more as a CIA head he was very dedicated to the role and put on 66pounds for it, he also had the Virginian accent down. But I thought that Leinardo DiCaprio was very similar to his role in the departed. (Watch when he is talking on the phone you will see what I mean) The cinematography was Grade A also.

But the thing that impressed me most was the way Ridley Built up the story and tension not knowing who to trust, (obviously one of the themes of the movie) this brought me back to the days of "Alien" with the slow building atlosphere which made "Alien" one of the most respected films of all time. It was also a balanced look at the Iraq situation as it wasn't following the Anti-America trend but it also wasn't trying to justify the war. It also will leave you thinking about the current events long after the credits have ended.

All in All through great shots, Acting and Direction make "Body Of Lies" a hit and can be put on Ridley Scotts list of Greats on his CV.


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