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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.
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 »
It was an event that shocked the world. This is the story you haven't heard. See more »
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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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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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)

Ned Yousef ... Pakistani Journalist (uncredited)
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Directed by
Michael Winterbottom 
Writing credits
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
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
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
108 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Brad Pitt became inspired to capture Pearl's memoir on screen when he saw her interview on CNN while the search for her husband was going on.See more »
Anachronisms: There are few billboards shown on the roads of Karachi, which were not imaginable in early 2002, i.e. Telenor Mobile Service (introduced in March 2005), Qarshi Jam-e-Shirin's latest campaign etc.See more »
Mariane Pearl:And kidnappers - their point is to terrorize people. But *I* am not terrorized, and *you* can't be terrorized.See more »
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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Mighty Truth Of Courage, Compassion And Patience, 12 August 2008
Author: Chrysanthepop from Fraggle Rock

Many have trashed 'A Mighty Heart' deeming it a pointless film because the facts are already known and thus there was little suspense. However, I don't believe that that's what 'The Mighty Heart' is about. This isn't a from birth till death biopic. It particular looks at how the kidnapping of Daniel Pearl affects his wife and the people who desperately attempt to save him. It is more a character driven film rather than plot-oriented.

'The Mighty Heart' also succeeds because it goes against stereotype and the actors do a fascinating job of bringing them to screen. Mariane Pearl remains calm, focused and controlled throughout the entire chaotic ordeal. It is only upon hearing the news of her husband's fate that she explodes otherwise she keeps her cool all through, even after Pearl's death, she is composed and hopeful rather than broken down. Captain is an officer with genuine intentions to save Pearl. He's a practicing Muslim and not a Western hater. He loves his job, is passionate about it and his country and is revolted by what the terrorists have done. What makes the characters and their actions more effective is the fact that they were based on real people. Granted that 'The Mighty Heart' is a fictionalized account rather than a documentary but that does not take away the essence of how these people went about such a horrifying situation.

Winterbottom's directorial approach in presenting this account is commendable. It would have been very easy to make this look like a docudrama or a melodramatic farce but instead he cleverly manages to keep it well balanced and the emotions under control but still visible to the viewer. The viewer views the film like a concerned outsider. And, even though we know the outcome, we are concerned and overwhelmingly sympathetic for Mariane and her baby, for the team putting their efforts day and night to save her husband and for Daniel.

The various camera-work (handheld, close-ups, jump cuts) is impeccable. The glimpses and sounds of the heated and crowded Pakistani streets add to the tension. The characters react to a ringing cellphone expecting hope only to be let down.

Angelina Jolie dons a new simpler look and gives a very spirited performance. Her calmness and patience displays her strength but her eyes reveal a hint of despair and vulnerability. Archie Punjabi does an equally superb job as Daniel's friend. She skillfully downplays Asra's frustration, guilt and concern. The building friendship between Asra and Mariane is well demonstrated by these two actresses. In a way, 'A Mighty Heart' is about these two strong women who are brought close together by this ordeal. Irfan Khan delivers a wonderfully restrained performance and he shows his character's compassion, determination and frustration with remarkable ease. The supporting cast, that includes Will Patton and Dan Futterman, does an overall good job.

'A Mighty Heart' is a sincere account of a true tragic event. It's a strong woman's story of hope. Even after having gone through such a traumatic experience, Marianne comes out of it with her head high. She remains strong and patient. She does not turn hostile towards the Pakistani. In fact, she is aware that many unfortunate Pakistanis have experienced similar fate and expresses her compassion. She does not go on hating the world or the authorities. She is thankful and appreciative of all those who have fought with her. Remarkable.

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