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Captain Abu Raed (2008)

When an old airport janitor finds a captain's hat in the trash, he gets pulled into the lives of children in his poor neighborhood. He weaves imaginary stories of his world adventures to offer hope in the face of their harsh reality.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rana Sultan ...
Hussein Al-Sous ...
Udey Al-Qiddissi ...
Ghandi Saber ...
Abu Murad
Dina Raad-Yaghnam ...
Um Murad
Mohammad Qteshat ...
Nadim Mushahwar ...
Faisal Majali ...
Lina Attel ...
Nour's Mom
Ali Maher ...
Nour' s Dad
Khaled Al-Safi ...
Rami Samara ...
Ayat Najah Abd Al-Sadeq ...
Petra (as Ayat Daoud)
Khuloud Khaled Issa ...


Abu Raed is an old airport janitor who has always yearned of seeing the world but has never been able to afford to travel. One day a group of children in his poor neighborhood assume he is a pilot and beg him to share stories of the world outside of Amman, Jordan. Through imaginary tales a friendship forms and he finds the grim realities of the children's home life. He takes it upon himself to make a difference. Written by Anonymous

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An unlikely airport janitor makes a difference in the life of a boy in his poor neighborhood. See more »




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6 February 2008 (Jordan)  »

Also Known As:

Abu Raed kapitány  »

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$2,000,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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The director has a cameo as the very first janitor to cross frame in the beginning of the film. The next shot, a pilot crosses frame leading the camera to Abu Raed. That headless pilot is producer David Pritchard. See more »


It would be unlikely that a pilot of Noor's age (early thirties) would have acquired enough seniority to be a pilot or co-pilot of the wide bodied aircraft Royal Jordanian use to fly to New York. See more »

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A Beautiful Start
2 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to this movie as part of an event put on by the Jordanian Embassy. I had no idea what we were going to watch. Didn't read anything about it beforehand. And to be honest, went begrudgingly. I was in for a very pleasant surprise.

The movie is beautifully done, and made me cry towards the end. I'm not one of those girls who likes sappy movies, and usually find myself critiquing movies instead of watching them. I didn't during this one.

I think the beauty of this movie comes from the fact that it feels like a novel. It's smooth, beautiful, and although carries no groundbreaking messages or revelations, it touches your heart. You want to see it, you want it to go on. The kids in the movie melted my heart, and Nadim Sawalha offered a fantastic performance. While I myself don't particularly care for the lead female actress, she did a decent job.

Overall, I would ignore the negativity and controversy over it being or not being the first independent film out of Jordan. To those who keep arguing about that, why don't you start supporting the good that comes out of Jordan, and stop arguing over anything and everything. It was a very good movie, and in many way representative of the Jordan I knew and grew up in. To those of you who enjoy movies with gorgeous scenery and an element of hope and faith in everyday human relationships, watch it.

I guarantee you one thing, go with an open mind, and you will not regret seeing this movie.

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