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Traitor (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Crime, Drama  |  27 August 2008 (USA)
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When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Max Archer
Alyy Khan ...
Chandra Dawkin
Hassam Ghancy ...
Leyla (as Mozhan Marno)
Dierdre Horn
Scali Delpeyrat ...
Inspector Gilles
Mehdi Ortelsberg ...
Ali (as Medhi Ortelsberg)
Aizoun Abdelkader ...


Samir Horn is a former soldier, a devout Muslim, and U.S. citizen in the Middle East selling bomb detonators to Islamic radicals. He joins their cause as both the FBI and a rogue CIA agent track him. Horn escapes a Yemeni prison, goes underground in France where he proves his abilities, and is sent to the United States to choreograph a simultaneous and multiple terror attack. Will the intelligence agencies talk to each other, and can Horn be stopped? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 August 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traidor  »

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Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,006,327 (USA) (29 August 2008)


£78,675 (UK) (27 March 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce would work together again a few years later in "Iron Man 3" (2013). See more »


When the FBI agents arrive at the garage in Los Angeles, a billboard for the Ontario, Canada radio station KX96 is visible in the background. See more »


Samir Horn: I've been in a lot of battles. And it may have seemed like a suicide mission at the time, but we always had a plan to come home.
Omar: You must be willing to sacrifice some of your pawns if you want to win the game.
Samir Horn: I don't know.
Omar: I think you do. You risked your life to share your food with a stranger.
Samir Horn: That's not the same thing. I was just doing my duty. If I had known...
Omar: Jihadi is also your duty. Ahmed has told me what you have done in Afghanistan.
Samir Horn: Tactics have changed my friend.
Omar: Tactics have always ...
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.72 (2009) See more »


Laisse-Toi Aller
Written by Mark Kilian (ASCAP)
Lyrics by Marcel Adjibi (BMI)
Performed by Marcel Adjibi and Mark Kilian
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Very Involving Thinking-Person's Story & Great Acting
31 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was an excellent movie, a very intriguing and topical story involving terrorism with the basic message that there are good and bad people everywhere, of all races, religions, sects, whatever. The question in this film, for at least half of the movie, is: "Is Samir (Don Cheadle) a good guy or a bad guy?"

I don't want to say too much in fear of spoiling anything because that could easily be done while discussing this film. Suffice to say that this will keep your interest for the full running time and is a thinking person's movie more than most.

Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough, Said Taghmaoui and Alyy Kahn are all fantastic in the lead roles. The direction and photography also is top-notch. Those who pick apart this movie are nit-picking because it's a very entertaining film while not overdoing the action or the stereotypical characters.

One thing that's odd about this film: it has very strong statements which will please both liberals and conservatives, both devoutly religious folks and atheists. It pretty much covers the field.

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