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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.

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Adapted from a monologue in his "Blue Jam" radio series, Chris Morris' first short film is a haunting black comedy about a man who no longer uses his name because he's decided he's ceased ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Morris
Stars: Paddy Considine, Miranda Pleasence, Simon Greenall
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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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Rated R for language throughout, including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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7 May 2010 (UK)  »

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£608,608 (UK) (7 May 2010)

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$304,137 (USA) (18 February 2011)
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According to Christopher Morris, Barry, the Jihadist group leader, was based on a former BNP member who in an attempt to out-knowledge the Asian youths he regularly assaulted, studied the Qur'an and as a result "accidentally converted himself" and became a Muslim. See more »

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The terrorist instructor has a belt of ammunition over his shoulder. These are fake as they have no primers. See more »

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Barry: You'll end up on YouTube, blowing Lassie in a ditch!
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The London Marathon had no involvement in the making of this film and its portrayal is entirely a work of fiction See more »

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References The Lion King (1994) See more »

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Performed by Dr. Zeus featuring Yana Gupta
Licensed courtesy of Envy Entertainment Ltd
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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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