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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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Munem
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Saddam Hussein / Faoaz
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Ali (as Mimoun Oaissa)
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Yassem Al-Helou
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Azzam
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Latif's Father
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Said
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Saad
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School Girl (as Amrita Acaria)
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School Girl 2
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Bride
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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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The 80's were brilliant, if you were in charge. See more »


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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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Danny Boyle was considered to direct. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which Latif's convoy of 3 black Mercedes arrive at a checkpoint (59:00min), bullet holes in the windscreen of the last car in the convey can be seen though its rear window, and can be seen again as the car leaves the checkpoint (59:15min). These holes are not apparent in other shots and it is only later in this scene that the cars come under attack, causing the windscreens to be shot out. See more »

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[first lines]
Azzam: [to Latif] Hey.
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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 10 August 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
Written by Pete Burns (as Peter Jozzepi Burns), Steve Coy(as Stephen Coy), Mike Percy (as Michael David Percy), Tim Lever (as Timothy John Lever)
Performed by Dead or Alive
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
Published by Burning Music Ltd (PRS), Westbury Music Ltd
All rights on behalf of Burning Music Ltd
Administered by Warner/Chappell Ltd
All Rights Reserved
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The Devil's Double, twice the performance and Top Movie10/10
30 July 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After the slew of Iraq movies, all of them from the American soldiers perspective (Green Zone, The Hurt Locker, Three Kings) I found the subject matter of this film to be a refreshing change. What most people know or remember of Gulf war one, is completely overshadowed by Gulf war Two/ Iraqi Freedom. So to be able to go back in time and get a glimpse of Baghdad in it's hey day was a remarkable break from "Victory movies", this is the only movie about Iraq to date as seen from an Iraqi viewpoint. Yes, it's violent (not necessarily moreso than Saw, Texas chainsaw massacre et al) but then since it is a portrayal of events in a real persons life would you want it any other way? Dominic Cooper is just fantastic, he inhabits both characters flawlessly and for the most part you genuinely believe that he is two people.

As for the excess, obscenity, gratuitous violence and material wealth that some other reviewers have complained about, well, that was Bagdad in the '80's, does it have to be dressed up in Military Fatigues screaming "U.S.A" to be a good movie? If you liked Scarface, if you want an action packed ride, if you love depth of colour and sound in your movie. If you want to see great acting from Dominic Cooper, then this is the movie for you.

When you go see it, ask yourself, what would you have done in the same situation as the main character Latif Yahia? Could you have survived, because, unless you hadn't heard it is based on a true story.

Watch and Enjoy, I have watched it twice and want to watch it again because each time I watch it I can't believe it's over, I want more! Stories like this don't come around everyday. Unless of course you want to watch another Hurt Locker, it may have won a lot of Oscars but The Devil's Double deserves more.


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