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Four Lions (2010)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 May 2010 (UK)
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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.


(as Chris Morris)


(as Chris Morris), | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wasim Zakir ...
Mohammad Aqil ...
Karl Seth ...
Khalid (as Willliam El-Gardi)
Malcolm Storge MP (as Alex MacQueen)
Shameem Ahmad ...
Jonathan Maitland ...
Newsreader (as Jonny Maitland)


Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 May 2010 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Quatro Leões  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£608,608 (UK) (7 May 2010)


$304,137 (USA) (18 February 2011)

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Did You Know?


In the UK, the poster states "If you're reading this, find out what's wrong with you" in the small printed credits. As of October 2010, the poster is available in high resolution on the official UK website. See more »


Omar's water pistol was placed on his laptop but then appears behind the laptop and other objects on the table without anyone touching it. See more »


Omar: [to Sophia] I'm taking my team up to the top floor now. I'll see you up there.
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Crazy Credits

The London Marathon had no involvement in the making of this film and its portrayal is entirely a work of fiction See more »


References First Blood (1982) See more »


Avril 14th
Written and performed by Aphex Twin
Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Warp Records Ltd
Used with permission, all rights reserved
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Dark and incredibly funny satire on religious martyrdom
4 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the UK, Chris Morris is famous for the very controversial "Brasseye" series, and he has taken that iconoclastic attitude to the big screen to help create this wonderful little film.

It's a crude yet intelligent satire on a group of young men who want to be martyrs for the Islamic Al-Qaeda in the UK. Rather than portray them as dark shadowy men, they are really just everyday bumblers and naive men. The frightening aspect is that despite the humour, they are aiming to mass murder which always is behind the scenes.

The film uses humour to demystify the self-styled jihadists and take away any sort of menacing notoriety and show them as the frightening bunglers that they are. The fear is when one group actually manages to carry out what they set out to do.

This film is worth watching. You will be rolling with laughter, but you will end the film with many thoughts on the questions raised also. It's simply another great bit of political satire, and I recommend it highly.

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