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Rendition (2007)

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A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hadar Ratzon Rotem ...
Safiya (as Hadar Ratzon)
Moa Khouas ...
Laila Mrabti ...


After a terrorist bombing kills an American envoy in a foreign country, an investigation leads to an Egyptian who has been living in the United States for years and who is married to an American. He is apprehended when he's on his way home. The U.S. sends him to the country where the incident occurs for interrogation which includes torture. An American CIA operative observes the interrogation and is at odds whether to keep it going or to stop it. In the meantime, the man's wife raises hell to find him despite being pregnant but the person behind this refuses to help or give her any information. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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You don't get to torture without rendition. See more »


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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for torture/violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

19 October 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Détention secrète  »

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Box Office


$27,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£583,345 (UK) (19 October 2007)


$9,664,316 (USA) (2 November 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2006 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »


When Khalid and Fatima are preparing for a protest, an organizer gives instructions via a PA system. Shortly into the speech, he holds the microphone near his waist, yet the timbre and volume of the sound are the same as when speaking into it. See more »


Abasi Fawal: We have a saying, "Beat your woman every morning. If you don't know why, she does."
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Written and Performed by M.C. Rai
Courtesy of Embarka Records
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Perhaps the most important film of the year
20 October 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I think this was the most outstanding edge-of-your-seat thriller that I have seen in a long time. The research for the film was thorough, the writer Kelly Sane has left no loose ends. The cast was seasoned (fantastic performances all round). Omar Metwally was outstanding.

The cinematography is poetic, music enchanting and the overall effect highly satisfying.

Rendition goes into territory that even the media fears to tread. It is really a wakeup call for those involved with espionage and the legal web that is the "War on Terror".

A woman walked out of the theater and asked me "does this really happen"? That in itself speaks of Gavin Hood's masterful achievement.

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