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A Mighty Heart -- Based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.
A Mighty Heart -- The film is based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.
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A Mighty Heart -- The film is based on Mariane Pearl's account of the terrifying and unforgettable story of her husband, Wall Street Journal reporter Danny Pearl's life and death.

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Writers (WGA):
John Orloff (screenplay)
Mariane Pearl (book)
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Release Date:
22 June 2007 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
It was an event that shocked the world. This is the story you haven't heard. See more »
Plot:
Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Respectful Treatment Of A Tragedy See more (119 total) »

Cast

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Dan Futterman ... Daniel 'Danny' Pearl

Angelina Jolie ... Mariane Pearl

Archie Panjabi ... Asra
Mohammed Afzal ... Shabbir
Mushtaq Khan ... 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 ... Nasrin
Aliya Khan ... Kashva
Sarah Mone ... Female Guest
Bushra Parwani ... Female Guest
Zafar Karachiwala ... Male Guest
Danish Iqubal ... Male Guest (as Danish Iqbal)
Ali Tejani ... Male Guest
Azfar Ali ... Azfar
Ahmed A. Jamal ... Khawaja (as Ahmed Jamal)

Denis O'Hare ... John Bussey
Perrine Moran ... Ruth Pearl
Jeffry Kaplow ... Judea Pearl
Ishaque Ahmed ... Arif
Alyy Khan ... Omar / Bashir

Irrfan Khan ... Captain

Adnan Siddiqui ... Dost Aliani
Shah Murad Aliani ... Farooq
Imran Paracha ... Major Major
Imran Patel ... Jamal Paracha
Jean-Jacques Scaerou ... Philippe Scaerou
Veronique Darleguy ... Véronique Laurent

Will Patton ... Randall Bennett

Jillian Armenante ... Maureen Platt

Demetri Goritsas ... John Skelton

Zachary Coffin ... Matt MacDowell (as Zack Coffin)
Sajid Hasan ... Zafir
Farooq Khan ... Noor

Gary Wilmes ... Steve LeVine
Mikail Lotia ... Hasan
Baba Shaikh ... Phone Engineer
Amy Shindler ... Michelle Pearl
William Hoyland ... John Bauman
Bilal Saeed ... Haider

Sean Chapman ... US Journalist
Holly Goline ... News Producer
Amy Rosenthal ... Tamara Pearl
Nour Ayad ... Ibrahim the Cook
Lynn Blades ... News Reader (as Lynne Blades)
Ikram Bhatti ... Sheikh Gilani
Azdin Zaman ... Farhad Naseem (as Fahad Hussain)
Taj Khan ... Suleiman
Hasan Ali ... Cell Phone Worker
Naeem Sogay ... Adil
Sujata Humane ... Omar's Aunt
Sayed Masood ... Doctor (as Dr. Sayed Masood)
Imran Hasnee ... Journalist at Sheraton
Inder Misra ... Lawyer
Chad Chenouga ... Satchi
Mike Rosen ... US Journalist
Jenni Lee ... US Journalist
Elizabeth Dannheim ... US Journalist
Tom Spencer ... US Phone Journalist
Qasim Iqbal ... Hotel Manager
Fabienne Khaldi ... Mariane's Mother
Gigi Ledron ... Woman in Orange
Aimee Matimbia ... French Midwife
Harvesp Viraf Chiniwala ... Baby Adam
Nassim Benbrik ... Adam Aged 4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michelle Brew ... International Press (uncredited)

Pattie James ... US Journalist (uncredited)
Pervez Musharraf ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Gary Teague ... International Journalist (uncredited)
Ned Yousef ... Pakistani Journalist (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Winterbottom 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
John Orloff (screenplay)

Mariane Pearl (book)

Produced by
Andrew Eaton .... producer
Dede Gardner .... producer
Arti Gupta .... local producer: India (as Arti Gupta Surendranath)
Susan Kirr .... line producer: Texas
Anita Overland .... co-producer
Brad Pitt .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Escott 
Molly Nyman 
 
Cinematography by
Marcel Zyskind (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Peter Christelis 
 
Casting by
Wendy Brazington 
Ellen Lewis 
 
Production Design by
Mark Digby 
 
Art Direction by
David Bryan 
 
Set Decoration by
Emma Field-Rayner 
 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Walter 
 
Makeup Department
Catherine Conrad .... key hair stylist: Texas
Catherine Conrad .... key makeup artist: Texas
Gabriel De Cunto .... prosthetic artist
Toni G .... personal makeup artist: Ms. Jolie
Christine Giugno .... makeup assistant: France (as Christine Guigno)
Alex King .... assistant makeup artist
Alex King .... hair stylist assistant
Marese Langan .... hair designer
Marese Langan .... makeup designer
Adruitha Lee .... hair stylist: Ms. Jolie
Adruitha Lee .... wig designer
Christien Tinsley .... designer and creator: special makeup effects prosthetics
 
Production Management
Raphaël Benoliel .... production manager: France
Jane Coombes .... post-production supervisor
Alice Dawson .... production manager: France
Melissa Parmenter .... production manager: Pakistan
Nicolas Piechaczek .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Meg Beatty .... second assistant director: USA
Michael Elliott .... first assistant director (as Mike Elliott)
Vanessa Gaitan .... second second assistant director: USA
Zoe Liang .... third assistant director
Eliot Mathews .... second assistant director: France
Sandeep Menon .... third assistant director: India
Bonnie Pirès .... additional third assistant director
Vasudha Rungta .... third assistant director: India (as Yasudha Roongta)
Anthony Wilcox .... first assistant director: Pakistan
Anthony Wilcox .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Amy Bell .... set decorator: Texas
Laurel Brock .... art production assistant
Josh Crist .... set dresser
Lewis Partovi .... on-set technical advisor
Jillian Paul .... art production assistant
Christopher Stull .... art director: Texas (as Chris Stull)
Andrew Tapper .... art director: graphics
Travis Eisenberg .... set dresser (uncredited)
Shane Pritchett .... art production assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Nick Adams .... sound effects editor
Bob Baron .... adr mixer
David O. Daniel .... sound mixer: USA
Richard Davey .... sound re-recording mixer
Shoab Faruch .... adr mixer
Richard Flynn .... sound recordist
Samir Foco .... location foley editor
Samir Foco .... location foley mixer
Peter Gleaves .... adr mixer
Sue Harding .... location foley artist
Sue Harding .... location foley coordinator
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Michael Jacobi .... adr mixer
Mark Kenna .... consultant: dolby film sound
Rashad Omar .... sound mixer
Chris Sturmer .... sound consultant: dolby
Joakim Sundström .... supervising sound editor
Jessie Taylor .... sound re-recording mixer
Chris Treble .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Robert Weatherall .... sound studio assistant (as Bob Weatherall)
Bernard Weiser .... adr editor: US
Will Whale .... boom operator (as William Whale)
Stuart Wilson .... sound recordist: Karachi
Paul Wrightson .... adr editor
 
Visual Effects by
Adam Garner .... digital effects artist
Marc Knapton .... digital effects artist
Gus Martinez .... digital effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Donald R. Howe Jr. .... second assistant camera: USA
Henry Landgrebe .... second assistant camera
Matthew McGinn .... camera production assistant: USA
Peter Mountain .... still photographer
P.K. Munson .... first assistant camera
Frank Omø .... gaffer
Donis Rhoden .... key grip: USA
Simon Tindall .... camera operator: Karachi
Simon Tindall .... first assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Prashant Laharia .... asst. art director
 
Casting Department
Sally Allen .... additional casting: U.S.
Ruth Breslaw .... casting assistant
Claire Traeger .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harriet Balsom .... costume assistant
Fiona McCann .... costume supervisor
Celia Yau .... costume assistant
Sarah Touaibi .... wardrobe supervisor: pre-production (uncredited)
Hannah Walter .... costume assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Justinian Buckley .... assistant editor: Pakistan
Dan Coles .... digital intermediate colorist: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Richard Cradick .... on-line editor: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Pete Harrow .... digital intermediate asset manager: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Jo McCaffery .... digital intermediate producer: Pepper Post Production Ltd.
Paul Monaghan .... first assistant editor
Immanuel von Bennigsen .... trainee assistant editor
 
Music Department
Yolanda Antonio .... vocals
Robert Blackwood .... vocals
Tracey Campbell .... musician: singer
Nick Carter .... musician: singer, lead vocals
Andrew Fisher .... orchestrator
Craig Fortnam .... musician: guitar and bass guitar
Inder Goldfinger .... musician: percussion
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Gabrielle Lester .... orchestra leader (as Gaby Lester)
Jimmy Robertson .... additional score recordist
Nick Wollage .... score mixer (as Nick Woolage)
Nick Wollage .... score recordist (as Nick Woolage)
Ian Wood .... additional score recordist
Ian Wood .... assistant mix engineer
Ian Wood .... assistant score mixer
Pati Yang .... musician: vocals
Steve Parr .... music recordist (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Travis Carr .... driver
David Piechaczek .... driver: France
 
Other crew
David Blank .... assistant accountant
Mary Beth Chambers .... production assistant: USA (as Mary Beth Meadows)
Erin Charles .... production coordinator: USA
Catherine Charlton .... dialect coach: Miss Jolie
Caroline Connor .... office production assistant
Emily Currie .... assistant: Ms. Gardner
Alice Dawson .... production accountant: Pakistan
Raadhika Dosa .... local assistant: Ms. Jolie, India
Jon Duncan .... production accountant
Scott Eaton .... assistant production coordinator
Holly Goline .... assistant: Ms. Jolie
Veronica Green .... general assistant: Revolution Films
Ryan Gronquist .... office production assistant/runner: USA
David J. Groom .... production assistant (as David Groom)
Michael Groom .... assistant production coordinator: USA
Michael Groom .... production assistant: pre-production
Jethro Harris .... head of film: Pepper Ltd.
Jose Angel Hernandez .... location scout
Brian Hillard .... laboratory technician
Franziska Hoch .... rights and clearances
Josh Hyams .... researcher
Amy Jackson .... assistant production coordinator: France
Amy Jackson .... assistant: Mr. Eaton and Mr. Winterbottom
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys LLP
Nazia Khan .... assistant: Mr. Pitt
Bernard Lamy .... production accountant
Susanna Lenton .... script supervisor
Meg Mathisen .... publicity manager
Fiona McGuire .... head of production: Revolution Films
Jennifer S. Milliman .... production assistant
Jamal Udin Mommad .... translator: Urdu
Peggy Mulloy .... unit publicist
Fiona Neilson .... rights and clearances
Asra Q. Nomani .... consultant (as Asra Nomani)
Shobie Partos .... location manager: USA
Mariane Pearl .... consultant
Bonnie Pirès .... runner: France
Vihan Suryavanshi .... location manager
Joan Washington .... additional dialect coach
Sarah Wheale .... production coordinator (as Sarah Jane Wheale)
Mat Whitecross .... researcher: archive footage
Eva Yates .... assistant: Ms. McGuire, Revolution Films
Albert Zimer .... production accountant
Noel Davis Poyner .... publicity intern (uncredited)
 

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Rated R for language
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
After Angelina Jolie was cast as Mariane Pearl, she and the filmmakers came in for a great deal of criticism, since Pearl's and Jolie's racial backgrounds are not similar, and Jolie played the role wearing makeup that somewhat darkened her own skin tone. The casting reminded many critics of the time in Hollywood when it was customary to cast "ethnic" roles with white actors in makeup rather than using black, Asian, or Native American actors. During a promotional press event for the movie, Jolie responded to the criticisms by saying, "the idea is, if you ask Marianne, because she did address that... if you did actually want to find somebody that was her exact makeup, she's actually majority Dutch, and she's as black as she is Chinese, and she's Cuban, and she's French. So, it could have gone to many different racial backgrounds, probably, if you went technical on it." Pearl herself approved of casting Jolie; in Time Magazine, Pearl said, "I have heard some criticism about her casting, but it is not about the color of your skin. It is about who you are. I asked her to play the role - even though she is way more beautiful than I am - because I felt a real kinship to her."See more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Since a lot of the movie was shot in Pune and Mumbai, a lot of scenes actually show taxis and roads of Mumbai and Pune. Though most cars in focus have the numbers changed, yet Fiat taxi's and trucks with Indian number plates are all over the place.See more »
Quotes:
[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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Respectful Treatment Of A Tragedy, 20 September 2008
Author: sddavis63 (revsdd@gmail.com) from Niagara Region, Ontario, Canada

Essentially what we have here is a pretty well done, seemingly step by step account of the investigation into the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002, which of course ended with his tragic murder. It is not without weaknesses. Primarily, watching close to two hours about an investigation that doesn't seem to be going anywhere and eventually accomplishes nothing gets a bit dry after a while - especially because we know how this is going to end. There comes a point when you just want to fast forward through it to the end. Having said that, the strengths definitely outweigh the weaknesses.

Director Michael Winterbottom does a pretty good job of establishing atmosphere. From the very beginning, the chaotic nature of Karachi sets a foreboding tone to the movie, and, although I sometimes find archival footage in movies to be of little use, in "A Mighty Heart" I thought Winterbottom did a pretty good job of blending the archival stuff (particularly clips of Colin Powell and Pervez Musharaff) into the story. Throughout the movie the viewer wonders how Pearl's murder is going to be portrayed, and, again, kudos to Winterbottom. In fact, and thankfully, the murder isn't portrayed at all. What we see are the reactions of those who see the video for the first time and their reactions to the ghastly scene on the tape is sufficient to establish what happened. There was (to me at least) an interesting scene that lasted only a couple of minutes dealing with a typical "ugly American" female FBI agent, who bursts into the Pearl home, ignores the Pakistani authorities, tries to take charge and orders the room "cleared" because she gets a phone call she wants no one else to hear. She disappears immediately after this scene and was never seen again. I just for some reason found it rather typical of how I would expect U.S. authorities to act in a foreign country, and her portrayal was, of course, balanced by the very sympathetic portrayal of the kindhearted Randall Bennett (Will Randall) - an official from the U.S. Embassy who provides great support to Mariane Pearl.

Angelina Jolie was, I understand, a bit of a controversial choice for the part (largely for ethnic reasons) but she put on an excellent performance as Mariane, hopelessly lost in the situation, pregnant with Daniel's baby and totally dependent on others to try to save her husband. Her reaction to the news of Daniel's death was raw with emotion. Ethnic controversy aside, no one can deny that Jolie was superb in this role. Her performance and Winterbottom's direction make the movie worthwhile. 8/10

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