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Body of Lies (2008)

R  |   |  Action, Drama, Thriller  |  10 October 2008 (USA)
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Trust no one. Deceive everyone. See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 October 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chatter  »

Box Office


$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,884,416 (USA) (10 October 2008)


$39,380,442 (USA) (9 January 2009)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Leonardo DiCaprio wore brown eye contact lenses and dyed his hair black for his role. See more »


The area around Balad, Iraq is flat, not mountainous. 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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Good movie, but a bit forgettable
20 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have really liked Leonardo DiCaprio's films since he came back from his hiatus (esp Blood Diamond). However, this one was quite forgettable. I enjoyed the movie when I was in the theater and left thinking "Huh. That was pretty good". But the week after someone asked what movie I saw and I couldn't remember. It reminded me a lot of "The Kingdom" actually (the feel, not the details). It was a very well made film, dialog and script were good, just nothing really stood out and grabbed me. Leo was the shine, he is such a talented actor and I was happy to see him in a great role. I just wish the plot had something fantastic in it to make it into a great film.

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