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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.



(inspired by the book), (screenplay)
2,695 ( 448)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Todd Nixon
Gus Lacey
Maj. Gen. Holtz
Tim Kootz
Debora Wilton
Dave (as Todd Latourrette)


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


No goats. No glory.


Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hombres de mentes  »

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Box Office


$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:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Evolutionary Tactics" field manual shown is the actual one created by James Channon in 1978 for the U.S. Army. See more »


In the LSD scene at the end of the film, the troops' armored personnel carrier. is an FV432, is a British Army vehicle which has never been used by the U.S. Army. See more »


[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 »


Written by Pat Jabbar & Kasbah Rockers
Performed by Kasbah Rockers
Courtesy of Barraka El Farnatshi Prod.
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We need the Jedi more than ever...
27 January 2010 | by See all my reviews

I have just finished watching "The Men Who Stare at Goats", and honestly, it is a real gem! Very funny, but not outrageous like silly, lame, typical Hollywood movies.

It stands right next to M.A.S.H.,and so.

Interestingly, it is a serious comedy, sometimes I felt watching a Kevin Smith movie, sometimes Coens' movie, however, it is far different, and better than them.

George Clooney is one of the most versatile actor in these years. If you have not been convinced up until now, just watch this film.

Kevin Spacey, and Jeff Bridges acts and support very well, but the great surprise is Ewan McGregor, who seemed to be lost in last years. Still, he starts with a quite annoying character, but he turns to be the height of the film.

Without mentioning anything about the story, it is really a sarcastic, strong, and very-close-to-the-truth viewpoint about humans, USA, and the army...

Directing is OK, cameras too, the music is proper for the story.

This is a real ACTOR movie, and worth to watch it. And/or buy it later...

Really credible, especially in the grotesque scenes, and although it has a narrative style, splitting the film, it is quite enjoyable.

And I was so grateful (and still I am) to bring back the JEDI, showing they are EXISTING, they are AMONG US, and yes, Ewan McGregor can be a JEDI again, without George Lucas...

Just watch it, and feel the POWER!

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