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Four Lions -- Follow the misadventures of a group of British Islamic fundamentalists intent on sacrificing themselves for Allah.
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Four Lions -- 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.

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7 May 2010 (Ireland) See more »
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Four incompetent British jihadists set out to train for and commit an act of terror. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Riz Ahmed ... Omar

Arsher Ali ... Hassan

Nigel Lindsay ... Barry

Kayvan Novak ... Waj

Adeel Akhtar ... Faisal

Julia Davis ... Alice

Craig Parkinson ... Matt

Preeya Kalidas ... Sofia
Wasim Zakir ... Ahmed
Mohammad Aqil ... Mahmood
Karl Seth ... Uncle Imran

Waleed Elgadi ... Khalid (as Willliam El-Gardi)

Alex Macqueen ... Malcolm Storge MP (as Alex MacQueen)
Shameem Ahmad ... Chairwoman
Jonathan Maitland ... Newsreader (as Jonny Maitland)

Marcus Garvey ... Marathon Policeman

Darren Boyd ... Sniper

Kevin Eldon ... Sniper
Adil Mohammed Javed ... Nabil

Benedict Cumberbatch ... Negotiator
Toby Longworth ... Heimlich Man
Danny Ashok ... Phone Shop Assistant
Will Adamsdale ... Alex
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jayson Benovichi Dicken ... Khan Soldier (uncredited)
Mike Friend ... Pret Server (uncredited)
Ian Hughes ... Security Guard (uncredited)
Mark Morrell ... Security Guard (uncredited)

Christopher Morris ... Commentator on end credits (uncredited)

Reece Noi ... Shoulderboy (uncredited)
Chris Wilson ... Police Inspector (uncredited)

Directed by
Christopher Morris  (as Chris Morris)
 
Writing credits
Christopher Morris (written by) (as Chris Morris) &
Sam Bain (written by) &
Jesse Armstrong (written by)

Simon Blackwell (additional writing)

Produced by
Angus Aynsley .... executive producer
Carole Baraton .... executive producer
Peter Carlton .... executive producer
Will Clarke .... executive producer
Rita Dagher .... executive producer
Mark Findlay .... executive producer
Mark Herbert .... producer
Afi Khan .... associate producer
Caroline Leddy .... executive producer
Alex Marshall .... executive producer
Faisal A. Qureshi .... associate producer
Rebekah Wray Rogers .... line producer: additional photography (as Rebekah Wray-Rogers)
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Derrin Schlesinger .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Lol Crawley (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Billy Sneddon 
 
Casting by
Des Hamilton 
 
Production Design by
Dick Lunn 
 
Art Direction by
Julie Ann Horan 
 
Set Decoration by
Duncan Wheeler  (as Ducan Windram-Wheeler)
 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Walter 
 
Makeup Department
Hannah Booth .... hair stylist
Hannah Booth .... makeup artist
Vikki Lawson .... hair designer
Vikki Lawson .... makeup designer
Fiona Lobo-Cranston .... hair stylist
Fiona Lobo-Cranston .... makeup artist
Magi Vaughan .... hair stylist: additional photography
Magi Vaughan .... makeup artist: additional photography
 
Production Management
Michelle Camp .... post-production supervisor
Vicky Chapman .... unit manager: additional photography
Tracey Josephs .... head of production: Film4
Fiona Lamptey .... production manager: Film4
Rebekah Wray Rogers .... production manager (as Rebekah Wray-Eogers)
Barry Ryan .... head of production: Warp Films
Jack Suckling .... unit manager
Alex Sutherland .... production manager: Spain
Emma Zee .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Cathie .... second assistant director
Louisa Dance .... third assistant director: crowd
Samuel Donovan .... second assistant director: additional photgraphy
Joe Geary .... first assistant director
Richard Harris .... third assistant director: additional photography
Simon Hedges .... first assistant director: additional photography
Ian Hughes .... third assistant director (as Ian 'Pebbles' Hughes)
Ainara Trigueros .... third assistant director: Spain
Tom White .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Roxanna Arefpour .... art department assistant: Spain
Paul de Csernatony .... property master
Samantha Harley .... stand-by art director (as Sam Harley)
Lisa Kenny .... art director: additional photography
Lisa Kenny .... assistant art director
Mike Roberts .... dressing props
Paul Robinson .... stand-by props
Chris Swan .... property master: Spain
Duncan Wheeler .... buyer (as Duncan Windram-Wheeler)
Neil Griffiths .... dresser (uncredited)
Neil Griffiths .... stand-by props (uncredited)
Russell Lee .... props (uncredited)
Anthea Nelson .... designer: additional photography (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jim Allen .... sound maintenance
Adam Armitage .... sound effects editor
Stuart Bagshaw .... foley editor
Darren Banks .... sound effects editor
Oliver Brierley .... sound effects editor
James Feltham .... post-production sound coordinator
Alex Fielding .... assistant sound re-recording mixer (as Alexander Fielding)
Nigel Heath .... re-recording mixer
Malcolm Hirst .... sound recordist
Stefano Mascitti .... synchronization
David Mitchell .... sound recordist: additional photography
Rebecca Morgan .... sound maintenance: additional photography
Dani Munoz .... boom operator: Spain
Keith Partridge .... foley mixer
Stefan Podolczuk .... trainee sound editor
Alex Sawyer .... dialogue editor
Barnaby Smyth .... foley artist
Chris Sturmer .... dolby sound consultant (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Paul Gorrie .... special effects supervisor
Mike Kelt .... special effects supervisor
Juan Ramón Molina .... special effects: Spain (as Juan Ramon Molina)
 
Visual Effects by
Avtar Bains .... lead visual effects compositor: Framestore
Martin Bovingdon .... cg modeller: Framestore
Jason Burnett .... visual effects compositor: Framestore
Kevin Curtis .... elements shoot: Framestore
Anthony Gibbs .... animator: Framestore
Anthony Gibbs .... digital designer: Framestore
Timothy Greenwood .... lead visual effects compositor: Framestore (as Tim Greenwood)
Max Horton .... colourist
Katie Isaksen .... roto artist: Framestore
Pete Jones .... visual effects production assistant: Framestore
David Lochhead .... cg animator: Framestore
Sharon Lock .... digital designer: Framestore
James Long .... visual effects data operator: Framestore
Alix Ludlam .... visual effects compositor: Framestore
Savneet Nagi .... visual effects compositor: Framestore
Darran Nicholson .... lead visual effects compositor: Framestore
Adam Parry .... animator: Framestore, Superfad
Adam Parry .... digital designer: Framestore, Syperfad
Simon Whalley .... visual effects producer: Framestore
Will Yarrow .... visual effects compositor: Framestore
Adam Hawkes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Andy Merchant .... stunt performer
Gareth Milne .... stunt coordinator
Chris Newton .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Ainley .... electrician
Jacqui Bellamy .... additional still photographer
Richard Bevan .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, additional photography
Ole Bratt Birkeland .... camera operator: "b" camera, marathon unit
Daniel Chaytor .... lighting trainee
Jess Doxey .... second assistant camera
Francisco Durban .... assistant camera: Spain
Steven Gardner .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Jessica Greene .... second assistant camera: additional photogrphy
Joel Guy .... camera trainee
Hannah Kenworthy .... camera trainee
James Little-Hales .... steadicam operator
Andy Lowe .... gaffer
Lee Martin .... rigging gaffer
Terry Maskell .... electrician
Derrick Peters .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Matt Risby .... cameraman: epk
Dean Rogers .... still photographer
John Taylor .... steadicam operator
Marc Tempest .... grip (as Marl Tempest)
Simon Tindall .... camera operator: "b" camera
Simon Tindall .... director of photography: second unit
Alex Veitch .... camera trainee
Erik Wilson .... director of photography: marathon unit
Martyn Culpan .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Lee Howarth .... stand-by rigger (uncredited)
Fabian Wagner .... additional camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Martin Gibbons .... casting assistant
Syd Hampson .... extras casting
Kimberley O'Neill .... casting assistant
Mohsan Qureshi .... extras casting
Kerry Smith .... casting assistant
Emma Stafford .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Juani Cabrera .... costume assistant: Spain
Carmen Cristea .... costumer
Lisa Phillips-Dodsworth .... costume assistant: additional photography
Fraser Purfit .... costumer
Doina Raducut .... costumer
Hannah Walter .... costume supervisor: additional photography
 
Editorial Department
Matthew Bristowe .... digital intermediate producer
James Cundill .... online editor
Dan Dolan .... digital intermediate film recorder
Richard Etchells .... senior on-line editor
Matthew Gray .... assistant editor (as Matt Gray)
Max Horton .... digital intermediate colorist
Scott Liddle .... digital intermediate film recorder
Jason Rayton .... assistant editor: additional photography
Ben Setterfield .... digital intermediate film recorder
Cliff Thomas .... arri coordinator
Mandy Miller .... post-production paperwork (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Vicky Chapman .... assistant location manager: marathon unit
Juan Fernández .... location manager: Spain
Richard Godfrey .... location manager: second unit
Richard Knight .... location manager
Matthew Whitney .... assistant location manager (as Matt Whitney)
 
Music Department
Phil Canning .... music supervisor
Jonathan Whitehead .... composer: Trailer Music (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Peter Connelley .... unit driver
Craig Hudson .... driver: facilities
Karl Jones .... unit driver
Ian Kitchingman .... driver: camera car
Paul Pearson .... unit driver
 
Other crew
Tim Adams .... production runner
Reno Antoniades .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Angie Bailey .... unit nurse
Natalie Bass .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Colin Batchford .... security
Penny Brockhurst .... auditor: Shipleys
Mike Brookes .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Neil Calder .... completion bond: Film Finances UK
Sue Clark .... animal supplier and coordinator: Timber Tops
Nalika Da Silva .... production runner
Harry Dixon .... head of business affairs: Film4
Samuel Donovan .... script coordinator
Libby Durdy .... representative: Warp Films
Jacqui Edwards .... archive consultant
John Ensby .... laboratory contact
Jim Ferguson .... unit nurse
Nick Ginerver .... unit nurse
Ally Gipps .... representative: Warp Films
Robin Gutch .... representative: Warp Films
Silvia Gómez .... production coordinator: Spain (as Silvia Gomez)
Dan Hillsdon .... production accountant
Ruth Hodgson .... completion bond: Film Finances UK
Tommy Husband .... representative: Warp Films
Steve Joberns .... auditor: Shipleys
Gareth Jones .... post-production accountant
Jen Kenwood .... representative: Warp Films
Tor Kristoffersen .... production runner: additional photography
Sam Lavender .... development executive: Film4
Sharon Lock .... title designer: Framestore
Paco Lozano .... crowd fixer: Spain
Imran The Man .... field consultant
Cristina Martin .... production assistant: Spain
Charles McDonald .... unit publicist
Helene Michaelides .... runner
Christos Michaels .... legal services: Optimum Releasing, Lee & Thompson
Antonio Molina .... armorer: Spain
Sarah Moloney .... floor runner
Iain Morris .... script consultant
Nicola Morrow .... production coordinator: additional photography (as Nicola Morror)
Veronique Mousnier .... representative: Optimum Releasing
Stephen Murphy .... legal services: Optimum Releasing, Lee & Thompson
Javier Navarrete .... production assistant: Spain
Anna Ortaga .... first aider: Spain
Raquel Palermo .... production assistant: Spain
Lisa Parman .... unit nurse
Linda Pather .... completion bond: Film Finances UK
Danny Perkins .... representative: Optimum Rekeasing
Rebecca Pick .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Natasha Pilbrow .... legal services: Lee & Thompson
Jim Ranyard .... risk and safety management officer
Sophia Rashid .... language coach
Rogelio Rodriguez .... production assistant: Spain
Jen Rooks .... production assistant: additional photography (as Jennifer Rooks)
Kate Ruddock .... unit nurse
Rebecca Rycroft .... script supervisor
Andy Shakesby .... unit nurse
Niall Shamma .... finance manager: Warp Films
Mark Shelley .... armorer
Sudie Smyth .... completion bond: Film Finances UK
Andrea Sumnall .... unit nurse
Antoine Taupin .... production loan: Natixis Coficine
Christopher Vidal .... production loan: Natixis Coficine (as Christople Vidal)
Hannah Yarberry .... unit nurse
Luke Glover .... runner (uncredited)
Tommy Husband .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jen Kenwood .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sarah Parfitt .... delivery paperwork coordinator (uncredited)
Russell Smith .... production counsel (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Richard Ayoade .... special thanks
Peter Baynham .... special thanks
Layla Blackman .... special thanks
Jake Bussmann .... special thanks
Jonathan Coleman .... film made possible thanks to (as Jono)
Stephen Davies .... film made possible thanks to
Chris Dickens .... special thanks
Brian Eno .... special thanks
William Heath .... film made possible thanks to
Lorraine Heggessey .... special thanks
Phillip Hylander .... film made possible thanks to
Armando Iannucci .... special thanks
Claire Keelan .... special thanks
Muzz Khan .... special thanks
Jeremy Kimberlin .... special thanks
Paul Lashamar .... special thanks
Amber Loke .... special thanks
Jonathan Maitland .... film made possible thanks to (as Jonny Maitland)
Silke Matzpohl .... thanks
Beatrice McMillian .... special thanks
Stephen Merchant .... special thanks (as Steve Merchant)
Prash Naik .... special thanks
Anthea Nelson .... special thanks
Lucille Pardee .... special thanks
Tony Ryan .... film made possible thanks to
Lorne Sommerville .... film made possible thanks to
Matt Stone .... special thanks
Luke Wray Rogers .... special thanks (as Luke Wray)
 

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Rated R for language throughout, including some sexual references
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97 min
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Trivia:
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:
Revealing mistakes: When Barry is driving the group to the airport in his Citroen Xantia, he pulls over in a huff and swallows the key to stop them going. However, the key he produces and swallows is a Ford key, not a Citroen key. Additionally, the car is fitted as standard with a keypad immobiliser, requiring a security number to start - so Omar's attempt to hotwire the car would not have succeeded in real life.See more »
Quotes:
Malcolm Storge MP:The report makes crystal clear that the police shot the right man, but as far as I'm aware, the wrong man exploded. Is that clear?See more »
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Soundtrack:
The Groove That Won't StopSee more »

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52 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Dark and incredibly funny satire on religious martyrdom, 4 June 2010
Author: Joe from United Kingdom

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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