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The Devil's Double (2011)

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A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.

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Saddam Hussein / Faoaz
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Ali (as Mimoun Oaïssa)
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Yassem Al-Helou
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Azzam
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Latif's Father
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School Girl (as Amrita Acaria)
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Baghdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought - but for a price. This is Uday Hussein's world and with his depraved lust for debauchery and immorality, he helps himself to whatever turns him on. When army lieutenant Latif Yahia is summoned to Saddam's palace, he is faced with an impossible request - to be Uday's 'fiday' - his body double, or have his family condemned to death. In a world entrenched in betrayal and corruption, knowing who to trust becomes a matter of life or death for Latif, as he battles to escape from his forced existence. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence and torture, sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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8 September 2011 (Netherlands)  »

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Đavolji dvojnik  »

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€15,000,000 (estimated)

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$96,414 (USA) (29 July 2011)

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$1,357,042 (USA) (23 September 2011)
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There is a reference to The Godfather in one of the first scenes where Latif is impersonating Uday. He acts as a double when entering and leaving an important meeting. When he leaves and is shot at by a young boy an orange cart is shown prominently with oranges falling. Oranges were present whenever death occurred or was about to in The Godfather and there was an orange cart featured when Don Corleone was shot at it. See more »

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In the club, Latif's tie knot is tight, then loose, then tight again, before Sarrab loosens it. See more »

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[first lines]
Azzam: [to Latif] Hey.
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Referenced in Double Down with Dominic Cooper (2011) See more »

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Relax
Written by Holly Johnson, Peter Gill and Mark O'Toole
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Produced by Trevor Horn for Horn Productions
Courtesy of Union Square Music Ltd
under exclusive license from ZTT Records Ltd
Published by Perfect Songs
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surprisingly good
13 February 2011 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

Saw this movie today at Berlinale and was pleasantly surprised that as I walked out of it thought to myself that it's been a really long time since I saw a decent movie like this. Before I looked Uday/Latif up on the internet I had doubts about how close the plot was to reality, turned out to be quite interesting showing that, well everything in the movie has (kind of) happened. Makes it disturbing to know on a different level.

The depiction of Uday's psychotic character throughout the movie seems very real and does not spare or cheat the viewers any disturbing torture/abuse scenes. Some people might dislike this, some maybe even enjoy it.

That being said I liked the overall acting, both main and lesser characters did a good job. And on a side note: i found the movie sets and props were quite awesome.

btw: I can still remember the news of Uday's and Qusai's deaths back in 2003, but that meant little to me at that time. At least now i know.


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