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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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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

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No goats. No glory.

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Comedy | War

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

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Hombres de mentes  »

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$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,211,791 (UK) (6 November 2009)

Gross:

$32,416,109 (USA) (29 January 2010)
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Trivia

George Clooney's character, Lyn Cassady, appears to be based partly on US Military top Remote Viewer Joe McMoneagle, and RV Project Database Manager Lyn Buchanan. A scene where information on a missing general is provided by Cassady in a Remote Viewing session is likely drawn from inspiration from McMoneagle's partly successful attempt to RV kidnapped US Brigadier General Dozier's location in Padua Italy (1981). The scene where computer systems are destroyed, seemingly by Lyn, resulting in his initial recruitment by General Hopgood, is very close to fact. See more »

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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 »

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[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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Written by Pat Jabbar & Kasbah Rockers
Performed by Kasbah Rockers
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod.
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Not As Good As I Was Expecting
11 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I did like "The Men Who Stare at Goats", however, it was not as good as I set my hopes for. This is one of those movies where the trailers and adds on television showed the funniest parts of the movie.

The story was neither here or there and I spent a majority of the time hoping they would really go somewhere, yet it never did.

I felt that the idea of the movie was very splendid, but the execution left a lot to be desired.

Clooney and Spacey were great as always. Bridges (who I am not quite as familiar with) was enjoyable as well. McGregor was not bad, yet nothing special.

Overall, not bad acting, not bad ideas, but the story could have been better. Check it out if you have a chance but don't worry if it passes you by.


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