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A Mighty Heart (2007)

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Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.


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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mohammed Afzal ...
Danny's Taxi Driver (as Mushtaq Ahmed)
Daud Khan ...
Masud the Fixer
Telal Saeed ...
Kaleem Yusuf
Arif Khan ...
Mariane's Taxi Driver
Tipu Taheer ...
Human Rights Director
Amit Dhawan ...
Technical Supervisor
Saira Nasir Khan ...
Aliya Khan ...
Sarah Mone ...
Female Guest
Bushra Parwani ...
Female Guest
Zafar Karachiwala ...


On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is to fly from Karachi to Dubai with his pregnant wife, Mariane, also a reporter. On the day before, with great care, he has arranged an interview in a café with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. When Danny doesn't return, Mariane initiates a search. Pakistani police, American embassy personnel, and the FBI examine witnesses, phone records, e-mails, and hard drives. Who has him? Where is he? There's also the why: because of U.S. abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo, because of a history of Journal cooperation with the CIA, because Pearl is a Jew? Through it all, Mariane is clearheaded, direct, and determined. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One woman dared to keep hope alive See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Todo corazón  »

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Box Office


$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,948,863, 24 June 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,176,787, 23 August 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,686,371, 4 November 2007
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Initially, the film was financed by Warner Brothers. After it backed out, Paramount Vantage stepped in. See more »


There is a travel prayer note hanging on the rear-view mirror of the taxi in which Danny goes to the Village Restaurant in January 2002. The note has a branding of "GMSA Glue", which was not launched until mid of 2004. See more »


[first lines]
Mariane Pearl: [narrating] The day after 9-11, Danny and I flew to Pakistan. He was the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, and I was working for French Public Radio. Thousands of journalist from all over the world arrived in Islamabad to cover the war in neighboring Afghanistan. On the 7th October, bombing began.
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Referenced in Locked Up Abroad: India: Hostage to Terror (2008) See more »


Written by David Holmes & Stephen Hilton (as Steve Hilton)
Published by Universal/Island Music Ltd & BMG Music Publishing Ltd
Courtesy of David Holmes & Steve Hilton
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Mighty hard to watch
11 October 2007 | by See all my reviews

Angelina Jolie is not just a beautiful woman and the daughter of actor Jon Voight, she is also an incredibly versatile actress. This Oscar-winning beauty is one of those few who is just as comfortable starring in big blockbusters as in emotional dramas. She takes every part very seriously.

Jolie is close friends with Mariane Pearl, the journalist wife of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (played by Dan Futterman). She is the author of "A Mighty Heart: The Brave Life and Death of My Husband Danny Pearl" (on which the film is based) and wanted the actress to portray her. Because Angelina Jolie is a true method-actress - she added dark ringlets, a pregnancy bump and speaks with Pearl's Cuban-French accent. The outcome is simply outstanding! It's about as genuine as any acting performance can get. It's obvious that Jolie didn't want to settle for anything less. She has the utmost respect for Mariane Pearl and the tragedy she went through. And she wanted to translate this amount of respect into her acting.

The amazing thing about this semi-documentary film is that it manages to keep such a hopeful spirit even though we are already aware of what lies ahead. Reporter Danny Pearl is going to die by the hands of Pakistani extremists yet somehow we still keep the faith. On top of that: a good deal of the movie is shot with a hand-held camera and this technique builds the tension especially during the torture/interrogation scenes. It almost feels as though we are present during the entire ordeal. When the terrible news finally comes out that Mariane's husband has been slaughtered mercilessly, the screaming of Angelina Jolie is so realistic and painful that it brought instant tears to my eyes.

In short: A beautiful homage to a horrifying true story with a terrific Angelina Jolie.

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