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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 <>

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prison | escape | fbi | bomb | devout | See All (127) »


The only person he can trust is himself. See more »

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£78,675 (UK) (27 March 2009)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Guy Pearce and Neal McDonough have previously appeared together in Ravenous (1999). See more »


When preparing bombs to use in the attack on the American consulate in Nice, Samir is shown with 3 presumably completed bombs. When he opens up his tool box to place the bombs, there are but two; this fact is later confirmed by Clayton and Archer at the scene. See more »


Samir Horn: The truth is complicated.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.72 (2009) See more »


Written by Mark Kilian (ASCAP)
Lyrics by Marcel Adjibi (BMI)
Performed by Marcel Adjibi and Mark Kilian
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thoroughly enjoyed the film
25 February 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

i was lucky enough to be part of the "first audience" to catch this at a pre-screening, and i have to say that i really enjoyed this film. i don't know anything else i could really say. it was suspenseful, had great twists, the acting was superb, and was a great story. Don Cheatle was amazing as ever, but i don't want to give away any spoilers at all so i wont say anything about the characters. what i will say is that Jeff Daniels for sure needed more character development. of course Guy Pierce was great, and what came as a semi-surprise was Saïd Taghmaoui's performance. very well-done by the cast and if Steve Martin is really the man who came up with the idea, he needs to keep churning 'em out. Traitor was a fit name for the film, and i would recommend it to all of you reading this.

9 1/2 out of 10

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