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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.

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Faisal
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Khalid (as Willliam El-Gardi)
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Malcolm Storge MP (as Alex MacQueen)
Shameem Ahmad ...
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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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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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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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Opening Weekend:

£608,608 (UK) (7 May 2010)

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$304,137 (USA) (18 February 2011)
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On January 23rd 2010, Four Lions had its world premier at Sundance. On the same day, the UK "terror threat" level was raised to "severe" due to non-specific "chatter". See more »

Goofs

The "lions" travel to London to detonate their devices at the London Marathon. However, the streets clearly show signs for Sheffield traders - including many 0114 (Sheffield) telephone numbers. Additionally, the double decker buses are the wrong color. See more »

Quotes

Barry: What's with the gun?
Waj: Proper replica man.
Barry: It's too small man!
Waj: Not too small, brother. Big hands!
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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 First Blood (1982) See more »

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The Groove That Won't Stop
Written by Kevin Saunderson
Performed by The William Fairey Band
Publised by Stage Three Music Limited
From the album 'Acid Brass'
Licensed courtesy of Richmoor Ltd/Blast First Petite Records
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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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