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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Alex Gibney (written by)
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Release Date:
23 January 2009 (Brazil) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
In 2002, a young cab driver picked up a few passengers near his home in Afghanistan... He never returned.
Plot:
An in-depth look at the torture practices of the United States in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, focusing on an innocent taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed in 2002. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 10 wins & 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Pointing out serious problems does not make this film Anti-American See more (36 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Alex Gibney ... Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brian Keith Allen ... Soldier - New York studio shoot reenactment
Moazzam Begg ... Himself - Torture Victim (as Moazzam Beg)
Christopher Beiring ... Himself - Captain
Willie Brand ... Himself - Military Police

George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Cafferty ... Himself (archive footage)
Brian Cammack ... Himself - Military Police
William Cassara ... Himself - Attorney
Doug Cassel ... Himself - Professor
Dick Cheney ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Cloonan ... Himself - Former FBI Agent
Damien Corsetti ... Himself - Military Interrogator
Thomas Curtis ... Himself - Sergeant: Military Police

Greg D'Agostino ... Soldier - New York studio shoot reenactment
Ken Davis ... Himself - US Army Sgt.
Lynndie England ... Herself (archive footage)
Tommy Franks ... Himself - General (archive footage)
Carlotta Gall ... Herself - New York Times Reporter
John Galligan ... Himself - Attorney
Frank Gibney ... Himself (as Frank B. Gibney)
Tim Golden ... Himself - New York Times Reporter
Alberto Gonzales ... Himself (archive footage)
Charles A. Graner ... Himself (archive footage)
Gita Gutierrez ... Herself - Attorney
David Hayden ... Himself - Colonel (archive footage)
Donald O. Hebb ... Himself - Behavioral Psychologist
Scott Hennen ... Himself (archive footage) (voice)
Jay Hood ... Himself - Brigadier General
Scott Horton ... Himself - President of the International League for Human Rights
John Hutson ... Himself - Rear Admiral
Maan Kaassamani ... Detainee - New York studio shoot reenactment
Anthony Lagouranis ... Himself - Military Intelligence (as Tony Lagouranis)
Eric Lahammer ... Himself - Military Interrogator
Carl Levin ... Himself - Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee
Steven Loring ... Himself - Sergeant

John McCain ... Himself (archive footage)
Alfred W. McCoy ... Himself - Professor of Political History
James McGarrah ... Himself - Rear Admiral
Dan McNeill ... Himself - General (archive footage) (voice)
Geoffrey D. Miller ... Himself - Major General (archive footage)
Alberto J. Mora ... Himself - General Counsel of the US Navy
Anthony Morden ... Himself - Sergeant: Military Police
Dan Mori ... Himself - Major
Richard Myers ... Himself - General, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (archive footage)
Karyn Plonsky ... Soldier - New York studio shoot reenactment

Colin Powell ... Himself (archive footage)
Jack Reed ... Himself - Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee (archive footage)

Condoleezza Rice ... Herself (archive footage)

Donald Rumsfeld ... Himself (archive footage)
Selena Salcedo ... Herself - Sergeant
Randall M. Schmidt ... Himself - Lieutenant General
Clive Stafford Smith ... Himself - Lawyer
Glendale Walls ... Himself - Military Intelligence
Lawrence Wilkerson ... Himself - US Army Colonel
Tom Wilner ... Himself - Attorney
Carolyn A. Wood ... Herself - Captain (archive footage)
John Yoo ... Himself - US Department of Justice

Tim Russert ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Alex Gibney 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Alex Gibney (written by)

Produced by
Sidney Blumenthal .... executive producer
Don Edkins .... executive producer: Steps International
Hans Robert Eisenhauer .... commissioning editor: ZDF/Arte
Martin Fisher .... co-producer (as Marty Fisher)
Blair Foster .... co-producer
Alex Gibney .... producer
Don Glascoff .... executive producer
Mette Heide .... executive producer: Steps International
Mette Hoffman Meyer .... executive producer
Robert Johnson .... executive producer
Sloane Klevin .... co-producer
Eva Orner .... producer
Susannah Shipman .... producer
Jedd Wider .... executive producer
Todd Wider .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Ivor Guest 
 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti 
Greg Andracke 
 
Film Editing by
Sloane Klevin 
 
Art Department
Michael Ahern .... carpenter: New York studio shoot, reenactment (as Mike Ahern)
Joe Cairo .... art director: New York studio shoot, reenactment
Amanda Ford .... production designer: New York studio shoot, reenactment
Gina Freedman .... props: New York studio shoot, reenactment
 
Sound Department
Felix Andrew .... sound mixer
Michael Boyle .... additional sound
Travis Call .... audio post supervisor
Margaret Crimmins .... sound designer
Jim Daumeyer .... additional sound
Don Grissom .... additional sound
Michael Isabell .... additional sound
Steve Osmon .... sound mixer
James Peterson .... additional sound (as Jimmy Peterson)
Brenda Ray .... additional sound
Len Schmitz .... additional sound
Greg Smith .... sound designer
Paul Thompson .... additional sound
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer
Claudia Woloshin .... additional sound
 
Visual Effects by
Craig Davis .... visual effects designer: Version2
Tim Farrell .... visual effects designer: Version2
Lydia Holness .... head of production: Version2
Lydia Holness .... visual effects producer: Version2
Kelley McDermott .... visual effects producer: Version2
Mike McKenna .... visual effects designer: Version 2
Rebecca Mitchell .... assistant visual effects producer: Version2
Federico Saenz-Recio .... visual effects designer: Version2
Kieran Walsh .... inferno artist: Version2
Kieran Walsh .... visual effects creative director: Version2
 
Stunts
Elliot Santiago .... stunt coordinator: New York studio shoot, reenactment
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Felix Andrew .... additional cinematographer
Ben Bloodwell .... assistant camera
Mariusz Cichon .... assistant camera
Nate Clapp .... assistant camera (as Nate Clap)
Luis Colon .... grip
Matt Green .... additional cinematographer
Andrew B. Hansen .... gaffer (as Andrew Hanson)
Roger Holliday .... assistant camera (as Roger Holiday)
Peter Jouvenal .... additional cinematographer
Idris Kabulzad .... additional cinematographer
Brian Leach .... gaffer
Chris Li .... additional cinematographer
Alan McIntyre Smith .... gaffer (as Alan Smith)
Étienne Sauret .... additional cinematographer (as Etienne Sauret)
Brett Wiley .... additional cinematographer
Claudia Woloshin .... assistant camera
 
Animation Department
Craig Davis .... animator: Version2
Tim Farrell .... animator: Version2
Mike McKenna .... animator: Version2
Federico Saenz-Recio .... animator: Version2
 
Casting Department
Daphne McWilliams .... executive director of casting: New York studio shoot, reenactment
Christine Nelson .... casting: New York studio shoot, reenactment
 
Editorial Department
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
Eric Bruggemann .... additional editor
Tim Farrell .... on-line editor: Version2
Nick Fraser .... commissioning editor: BBC Storyville
Lindy Jankura .... assistant editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Scot Olive .... colorist: PostWorks (as Scott Olive)
Leigh Anne Sides .... assistant editor
Don Wyllie .... on-line editor: high definition. Frame: Runner
 
Music Department
Fred Ala .... musician: acoustic guitar
Cameron Craig .... recording and mix engineer
Amar Dhanjan .... musician: singer
Adam Green .... musician: steel guitar and electric guitar
Mario Grigorov .... composer: additional music
Ivor Guest .... musician: keyboards and arrangements
Robert Logan .... musician: keyboards
Faheem Mahzar .... musician: singer
John McCullough .... music supervisor
Philip Sheppard .... musician: cello and electric cello
Paul Wassif .... musician: dobro
 
Other crew
Lisa Andracke .... production assistant
Richard Dworkin .... transcripts: Transcripts Associates
Jacqueline Eckhouse .... production counsel: Sloss Law (as Jackie Eckhouse)
Salimah El-Amin .... researcher (as Salimah El Amin)
Ben Fine .... end titles
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... production accountant (as Jennifer Freed)
Garren Givens .... intern
Lisa Gray .... intern
Rahmat Haqmal .... translator
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Charlie Hoxie .... intern
Nick Johnson .... intern
David Joray .... production assistant
Barbara Karen .... production accountant
Marzia Milanesi .... publicist
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Amanda Ritchie .... production assistant
Peter Russotti .... production coordinator
Marcia Rutledge .... insurance: Marsh Entertainment Insurance
Hanif Sherzad .... fixer: Afghanistan
Ben Sozanski .... production assistant
Ben Sozanski .... researcher
Robert Stein .... legal counsel: Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn
Rebecca Wexler .... intern
Crystal Whelan .... production coordinator
Jordan Young .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Frank Gibney .... dedicatee (as Frank B. Gibney)
 

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Rated R for disturbing images, and content involving torture and graphic nudity
Runtime:
106 min | Finland:53 min (TV)
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Argentina:13 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/Manitoba) | Canada:R (British Columbia) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | USA:R
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Himself - Military Interrogator:You put people into a crazy situation, people will do crazy things.See more »
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Features "Meet the Press" (1947)See more »
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26 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Pointing out serious problems does not make this film Anti-American, 30 March 2008
Author: imxo

There is something you need to know about this film: it is not about real insurgents or terrorists or about real soldiers, and it is certainly not an anti-American film.

It is about how senior military and civilian officials demand results from their subordinates, even if the results are to be obtained by unconscionable, immoral, and illegal means, up to, and including, torture and murder. The fact that many of these results - what the military like to call "the mission" - are faked or just wrong is of no particular concern to them. Naturally, you'll never find a document signed by any of those officials advocating torture and murder. The most you'll ever find is a reference to "enhanced interrogation techniques" (i.e., torture). And if a detainee dies, the senior officers and officials always benefit from "plausible deniability" and claim that it must be the fault of junior "bad apple" troops. If terrorists are murderers, some of our own troops have certainly engaged in murder, too. To reveal this is not anti-American; it's just a simple fact. Because the troops often do it in a group they think they're not murderers. Just as, I imagine, someone who participates in gang rape does not consider himself, individually, to be a rapist.

While most Military Police (MP) troops are fighting hard on the ground every day in Iraq and Afghanistan, one group of troops which this film examines are those Military Police who are used as prison guards. The other troops examined in the film are some military intelligence ("MI") troops employed as interrogators in prison camps.

If you don't know already, Military Police are usually despised by their own troops. If you give a soldier special power over his fellow soldiers he will often abuse it. I still recall an Australian friend of mine mentioning that many of the Aussie "Red Hats" (MPs) who sailed for home after WWII never made it back; their fellow troops threw them overboard.

The old saw about military intelligence being a contradiction in terms is never more apparent than in the case of interrogators. When you hear the word intelligence here you must forget all about spies, codes, and the stuff of James Bond novels. The interrogators of MI are an example of soldiers who are ill prepared, in general, to carry out work that would normally take years to master. They are mostly low-ranking enlisted men and women, privates and sergeants, almost none of whom speak with any proficiency the language of the detainees they're interrogating.

So, imagine the scenario: senior officials demanding intelligence, no matter how it's obtained; unqualified interrogators using whatever means they can think of to satisfy their superiors' demands; and MP prison guards who have the power of life and death over their detainees, with almost no restrictions on what they can do to them. Behind all this is the unwritten understanding that if something goes wrong, the troops will probably not be prosecuted. God help the innocent person swept up into this sadistic, bureaucratic system. But as we all know, if you've been arrested, you must be guilty. Right?

The elephant in the closet in all this is the Central Intelligence Agency, an organization that regards itself as above law, morality, and civilized behavior. It gets away with much of what it does by having the military, foreigners, and contractors to do its dirty work for it. And when somebody has to take a fall, well, that's what privates and sergeants are for. If your kids are MPs, interrogators, or just in the military, advise them always to watch their backs around those people.

This may be a disturbing film for civilians, but it won't include many surprises if you've served in the armed forces, or on a police force, or in a prison. Those are the people who know about this, but they're not about to tell you. No wander the USA has pulled out of the War Crimes Treaty. But what officials do not want to admit, even to themselves, is that war crimes are war crimes, no matter if you're a treaty signatory or not.

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