MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,848 this week

Saddam's Tribe: Bound by Blood (2007)
"Saddam's Tribe" (original title)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  4 June 2007 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 121 users  
Reviews: 4 user

Add a Plot

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1173 titles
created 18 Jul 2011
 
list image
a list of 2 titles
created 18 Aug 2011
 
a list of 205 titles
created 19 Jun 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 28 Nov 2013
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Saddam's Tribe: Bound by Blood (TV Movie 2007)

Saddam's Tribe: Bound by Blood (TV Movie 2007) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Saddam's Tribe: Bound by Blood.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

An American Jewish man visiting Jerusalem for the funeral of his father gets sucked into a world of violent intrigue after meeting a mysterious, beautiful Palestinian woman.

Director: Mitch Davis
Stars: Eion Bailey, Linda Hardy, F. Murray Abraham
Alive (2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

After a brutal attack, a 19-year-old girl falls into a self-destructive cycle.

Director: Sandrine Ray
Stars: Vahina Giocante, Samuel Jouy, François Berléand
Biography | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.

Director: Lee Tamahori
Stars: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi
John Adams (TV Mini-Series 2008)
Biography | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.

Director: Vadim Perelman
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard
Long Days (1980)
Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

In 1959 underground revolutionaries try to assassinate Prime Minister Abd al-Karim Kassem in Baghdad. News reports claim they have failed, and at first the revolutionaries lay low, but as ... See full summary »

Directors: Tewfik Saleh, Terence Young
Stars: Saddam Kamel, Nada Siham, Mohsin al-Azzawi
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Raghad
...
...
...
Taras Rabinovich
Zubin Varla ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darrell D'Silva ...
Watban
...
Journalist
...
Jordanian Official
...
Young Ali
...
TV Interviewer
Rachel Ferjani ...
Rana
Davood Ghadami ...
Saddam Kamal
Daren Elliott Holmes ...
Luai
...
Jordanian Newsreader
Flor Kent ...
Uday's sister
Edit

Storyline

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 June 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Saddam's Tribe: Bound by Blood  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The subject is interesting but the delivery makes it come over like an Iraqi version of Eastenders
14 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Saddam Hussein's eldest daughter Raghad watches television in Iran, seeing the famous images of her father being pulled from his hiding place by US soldiers. She thinks back to her days in Iraq when Saddam was still in power, with his family and closest advisors all around him. However, within this close tribe, family pressures and the ambition of Raghad's unbalanced brother Uday starts to destabilise the whole Government.

There is no shortage of films about Iraq and Saddam. OK not all of them are that great but many of them are very good, in particular I have seen several topic specific documentaries about Iraq that were insightful and shocking. So, one has to wonder why many of them are sneaked out on BBC4 while channel 4 chose to give this drama a prime slot on a Thursday night and lots of publicity. Why do I say this? It is not that the film lacks material that offers interest because it does. The inner workings of Saddam's government and the nature of his family is interesting "backstory" if you will into a much bigger global situation and this is why I tuned in to watch, but sadly it is the delivery of this potential where it all falls down.

The script is the root of the problem because it is full of unconvincing dialogue – very English, very modern. Craig seems to have been given the basic story but then left to put words into the mouths of his characters to fit the overall story, seemingly without much idea of the times, places or people he is writing about other than their actions. Menaul then delivers this in a way that is inconsistent but certainly never once feels like a serious film about this powerful family and the country they ruled (I would say destroyed but it is all relative isn't it?). Instead the delivery comes off like a hybrid of British sitcom and Eastenders.

At the start we are treated to "jaunty" almost jokey music in the background as the family and the government are established for the viewer. Why? What purpose did it serve I asked myself because to me all it did was clunk and stand out as being odd. From here on in we get more of the violence and such of the tale but the dialogue and performances conspire to make this come across as an Iraqi version of the Mitchell brothers going at it in Eastenders and the effect is to make it feel comic and cheap. The performances match this and nobody seems to be able to do much with the characters and dialogue handed them and as a result they do all come over like they are playing in a television soap. Bonnard's narration and performance is weak and, as the heart of the film she is poorly cast – what a year though, from HBO's Five Days to this. Townsend matches this and he has no screen presence as Saddam, which is a failing if you think about the man himself in his trial. The character to be had was Uday, as it offers the chance for an actor to ham it up like Pacino in Scarface. Unfortunately Mays just does the basics with nothing behind it – OK, we are told that Uday is perhaps unhinged due to how his father treated him but Mays cannot bring this all – all he can do is the superficial things, which might impress some but didn't do much for me.

The cast do struggle though with a script that is near worthless. OK, it might provide some insight in the overall view of Saddam's tribe but in the delivery it is cheaply made with little to convince or engage.


4 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Uday hussein as a movie villain shimshamtothemax
music at ending of movie sarahcular
I really liked it emmeline01
DVD Info digi1975
Discuss Saddam's Tribe: Bound by Blood (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?