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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

R | | Comedy, War | 6 November 2009 (USA)
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A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

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Cast

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Todd Nixon
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Gus Lacey
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Maj. Gen. Holtz
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Tim Kootz
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Debora Wilton
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Dave (as Todd Latourrette)
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Ron
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Storyline

A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends. Written by Rob Harris

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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No goats. No glory.

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Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hombres de mentes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,706,654, 8 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,416,109, 31 January 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,968,688
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film cast includes three Oscar winners: George Clooney, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey. See more »

Goofs

Bob Wilton raises his arms to surrender as Todd Nixon and his militiamen capture the soldiers. His t-shirt rises up, exposing his navel and midriff. As they escape from the ambush two scenes later, wearing the same clothes, the t-shirt reaches past his waistline. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: [with great concentration] Boone.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir?
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: I'm going into the next office.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir.
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: [breaks into a sprint, slams into the wall, falls over] Damn it.
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Crazy Credits

Although this film is inspired by John Ronson's Book The Men Who Stare At Goats, it is a fiction, and while the characters Lynn Cassady and Bill Django are based on actual persons, Sergeant Glenn Wheaton and Colonel Jim Channon, all other characters are invented or are composites and are not portrayals of actual persons. The filmmakers ask that no one attempt walking through walls, cloudbursting while driving, or staring for hours at goats with the intent of harming them... invisibility is fine. See more »

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References Full Metal Jacket (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Wants You
Written by Billy Squier
Performed by Billy Squier
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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From Psych to Psic (Sick?)
8 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Does no one understand this film? It's not linear. Well, has any human life path been linear? Are we given a picture at birth, or are we given a piece of a puzzle? The piece gives us suggestions, it gives us alternatives. We now have some idea as to where we are going. Nothing definitive. We are all now remote viewers. One piece leads to another piece, and another set of possibilities. Gradually Bob Wilton finds his purpose.

More importantly, however, the film captures perfectly the sense of loss, the sense of descending darkness, as we move from the flower power 60's to the present, from a belief in the mind as a wonder to a brain that is to be controlled. Larry Hooper, perfectly played by Kevin Spacey, is a talent-less egomaniac that becomes the black hole that sucks up all the light. All the performances are superb, it's just the audiences that have become witless.


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