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Taxi to the Dark Side -- 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.
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Writer (WGA):
Alex Gibney (written by)
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Release Date:
23 January 2009 (Brazil) See more »
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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:
To All Negative "Reviews".... Truth Hurts!! See more (35 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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Himself - Military Interrogator:You put people into a crazy situation, people will do crazy things.See more »
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In My Little Corner of the WorldSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
To All Negative "Reviews".... Truth Hurts!!, 5 October 2009
Author: njmollo from London

There is ample evidence of torture at Guantanamo, Abu Ghirab and Bargam Airforce Base. This is undisputed. It embarrassed the Bush administration when evidence of their secret was finally leaked to the public in the form of photographs. Would it have been better if these photographs of American soldiers committing torture had never come to light?

This documentary is substantiated with facts. Yet some still find the truth too much to bear.

On IMDb a "reviewer" wrote:

"Stupid biased Anti-American and unbalanced.... Those who hate the USA, Israel and are sympathisers with the Taliban, and Muslim extremists will love this film."

So to document American "War Crimes" is anti-American? Can this opinion really be held?

Another "reviewer" wrote:

"Where were the American suicide bombers - did I miss them? I was also waiting to see how the evil Americans use suicide bombers to kill innocent men, women and children in markets, on buses, in schools, and any and every other public place. Oh wait, silly me. Americans don't use suicide bombers."

In fact, there is documented evidence that British SAS working for British Intelligence, dressed in local Arab clothing, tried to explode a car bomb in Basra in 2005. (BBC) The British Government apologised to Iraq over the incident. Also in 2005, American Soldiers disguised in Arab dress were captured in the act of setting off a car bomb in a Bagdad residential area. (Mirror World). I am sure these "soldiers" had no intention of killing themselves in the blasts but the objective is clear, cause chaos and bloodshed then blame your enemy.

Another "reviewer" that states he served in Iraq had this to say:

"It's War The liberals will have you believe that America is and always will be the cause of so much unrest in the world today. We aren't. Rogue nuclear nations and terrorists without borders are as much to blame.

I am sure some detainees at Guantanamo were in the "wrong place at the wrong time" and I am sure that some were members of Al Queda. Again, consider the events of 9/11 and consider how difficult it is for the foot soldier to identify friends and foes in the "fog of war." Let them do their jobs as best as they can, or else there may be another 9/11."

He continues:

"The documentary ignored the yield of interrogations. Did they save American lives on the battlefield or at home? Did they make a difference? I personally served in Iraq and I consider myself well-versed in modern media trickery. Had the documentary given any attention to what resulted on the battlefield from any intelligence obtained, then HBO's anti-war meaning would have been lost."

So America is not "the cause of so much unrest in the world today?" Then who is?

With the preemptive and some would say illegal invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, millions have died, mostly civilians and as a result, the credibility of America has suffered considerably. With the American use of torture, the Bush administration legitimised "rogue" states to use the same methods with impunity. What is made clear in this documentary is that torture almost assures that prisoners once released will seek revenge. What effect carpet bombing, phosphorous bombs, daisy-cutters, napalm and tons of incendiary bombs will have on recruiting more terrorists is uncertain.

"I am sure some detainees at Guantanamo were in the "wrong place at the wrong time" and I am sure that some were members of Al Queda."

So that is 50/50? Half are terrorists and half are not. Not really a sure thing is it? This equates to gamble rather than a concerted effort to find real suspects.

Brigadier Roger Lane, Commander of British forces in Afghanistan stated that his troops had yet to find, capture or kill one member of Al Qaeda. "We haven't captured any Al Qaeda. We haven't killed any." he said to the BBC. Top US commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal said that he sees no indication of any large Al Qaeda presence in Afghanistan. So the existence of this "phantom enemy" popularised as Al Queda is itself in question.

"Let them (the Soldiers..) do their jobs as best as they can, or else there may be another 9/11."

So, soldiers should be "unhindered" by media scrutiny because it will affect their "performance" and so result in another attack of the magnitude of September 11th 2001? I don't think so. What is needed is sound intelligence, military leadership and considered plans of operations. Requirements that seem to have had been of little consequence for Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld.

"The documentary ignored the yield of interrogations. Did they save American lives on the battlefield or at home?"

The documentary did in fact show the yield of torturous interrogations. That prisoners undergoing torture will say anything to stop the suffering. As was shown by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed admitting a link between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden when clearly there was none, simply to stop induced drowning by "water-boarding". Colin Powell later admitted the information taken from Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was "incorrect". As a side note Khalid Sheikh Mohammed interrogations are mentioned as a source in the 9/11 Commission report 211 times.

Saving "American lives" is no more important than saving anyone else's and history has proved that information taken under torture is totally unreliable.

I find it hard to understand how anyone would not want their armed forces to perform with the highest principles of bravery and honour. To apologise for the use of torture is inexcusable and if these "tortures" become institutionalised then it will only be a matter of time before they will be used on citizens at home.

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