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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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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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What if someone you love...just disappeared? See more »

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

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19 October 2007 (USA)  »

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$27,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£583,345 (UK) (19 October 2007)

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$9,664,316 (USA) (2 November 2007)
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Based on the true story of Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen who was mistaken for Khalid al-Masri, a man rumored to have been involved with the September 11th 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. El-Masri was held an a black site in Afghanistan in 2004 where he was interrogated, beaten, sexually abused, and tortured for 5 months, after which the CIA released him and admitted his capture and torture were a mistake. See more »

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During the scene where Abasi Fawal is watching the footage of the bombing on Al Jazerra, the news crawl in Arabic on the bottom of the TV is moving left-to-right (as it does when there is a news crawl in English). However, the crawl should move right-to-left, since Arabic is read right to left. See more »

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Abasi Fawal: We have a saying, "Beat your woman every morning. If you don't know why, she does."
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Written by Pat Jabbar
Performed by Maghrebika with Bill Laswell
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod.
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Masterful and Topical
17 October 2007 | by (United Arab Emirates) – See all my reviews

Rendition presents a very topical matter in the form of a very tense thriller. It's a gripping, and not a preaching, movie. Seeing it in an Arab country with a mixture of Arabian and European audience gave it an extra level of atmosphere. The audience was totally gripped by the film and gave it a loud applause afterwards. The story of an Egyptian, married to an American, picked up on the suspicion of links to terrorist organizations and shipped to a friendly (with US) Arab country for "enhanced interrogation (as Meryl Streep's character states in the film: "we have no torture in the US") seems to be from the front page of todays news. There is a very neat link between the various characters which appear in the movie and the pace of the film never drops. The movies'message seems to be (as stated by Jake Gyllenhal's character in the film) that by abducting and torturing suspects you create many more terrorists. The acting is uniformly excellent with Streep and Reese Witherspoon the stand outs. Not to be missed.


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