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The Ghost Writer (2010)

PG-13 | | Mystery, Thriller | 19 March 2010 (USA)
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A ghostwriter hired to complete the memoirs of a former British prime minister uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

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An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang has retired with his wife to the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material. Written by Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Read between the lies.

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Mystery | Thriller

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Rated PG-13 for language, brief nudity/sexuality, some violence and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$183,009 (USA) (19 February 2010)

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$15,523,168 (USA) (11 June 2010)
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Was originally filmed as an R rated thriller but upon its purchase for US distribution, it was needed to be cut down to PG-13 to ensure a wider audience. This was done by cutting out 18 F-words, 3 C-words, and also some more graphic sexual dialog as well as trimming some CGI blood spray during a death scene. See more »

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On the private jet, McAra presents Adam Lang with a group photograph that shows Paul Emmett and Adam Lang together. The dialog runs: "When McAra found this (the photograph) he went to Boston to show it to Emmett and he died on the way home and I think he was murdered. If McAra drowned before he could get back to the island, how did the photograph get into the envelope taped to the bottom of a drawer in McAra's bedroom closet? See more »

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[first lines]
The Ghost: You realize I know nothing about politics.
Rick Ricardelli: You voted for him, didn't you?
The Ghost: Adam Lang? Of course I did, everyone voted for him. He wasn't a politician, he was a craze.
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There are no opening credits. The title and cast list do not appear until after the last scene of the movie. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 2 March 2010 (2010) See more »

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Performed by David Majzlin
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Truly Brilliant and Amazing
12 April 2010 | by (Chicago, IL) – See all my reviews

I went in to see this film without any prior knowledge of what it was about. I kinda like that when I see a movie... I only knew that Ewan McGregor was in it and that was good enough a reason for me. The first two things that I noticed in this film was the cinematography and the score. I thought that the cinematography was beautiful and the settings were stunning. There was a reason why everything had a certain look about it. The opening music at the beginning was also another hint that something is quite off through the whole movie. This isn't going to be a run-of-the mill mystery story; this is so much more.

Without giving away anything, there is so much to see and speculate on when you are introduced to the characters. I didn't realize until the very end of the film that you are never hinted as to ANYTHING about The Ghost. More than once I was going over in my head to try and remember what his character's name was, but to no avail. Ruth's character is something else completely compelling and curious. Truly brilliant characters in this story.

I would definitely recommend this movie to anyone who is looking to go see a truly amazing and cerebral film. It doesn't mess with your head in the way Shutter Island did, but it makes you think and it really leads you down every single road of the map, all at the same time.


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