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Essential Killing -- A Taliban member who lives in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing three American soldiers. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but manages to escape from his captors and becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know.
Essential Killing -- A Taliban member who lives in Afghanistan is taken captive by the Americans after killing three American soldiers. He is transferred to Europe for interrogation but manages to escape from his captors and becomes an escaped convict on a continent he does not know.

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Release Date:
22 October 2010 (Poland) See more »
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Run to live... kill to survive (UK)
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An Afghan POW attempts his escape. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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14 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Vincent Gallo ... Mohammed

Emmanuelle Seigner ... Margaret
Zach Cohen ... American Contractor 1
Iftach Ophir ... American Contractor 2
Nicolai Cleve Broch ... Helicopter Pilot 1

Stig Frode Henriksen ... Helicopter Pilot 2

David L. Price ... Interrogation Officer (as David Price)
Tracy Spencer Shipp ... Young Soldier in Suv
Mark Gasperich ... Head of Pursuit Team

Phillip Goss ... Military Doctor
Klaudia Kaca ... Woman on a Bicycle
Dariusz Juzyszyn ... Logger
Raymond Josey ... American Soldier
Robert Mazurkiewicz ... Hunter
Janusz Wojtarowicz ... Margaret's Husband
Pawel Baranek ... Drunk Farmer 1
Marcin Galazyn ... Drunk Farmer 2
David Jefferson ... American Soldier
Donnell Knox ... American Soldier
Geo D. Oliver ... American Soldier
Kamil Ruszecki ... Soldier
Stanislav Marek Lukasik ... Soldier
Jérôme Dassier ... Suv Driver
Daniel Bratterud ... Soldier
Geir Marring ... Fisherman
Bakar Mustapha ... Extra
Øysteun Nordli ... Extra
Patrick Gudmundsen ... Extra
Morten Muom ... Extra
Kristoffer Kaayne Kaalsaas ... Extra
Rune Øgaard ... Extra
Daniel William Verstegen ... Extra
Vilbjørn Ruus ... Extra (as Bilbjørn Ruus)
Hâvar Austli ... Extra
Kenneth Berger ... Extra
Even Løken Bergan ... Extra
Morten Enger ... Extra
Christian Teisnes ... Extra
Stefan Johansen ... Extra
Niklas Nygaard ... Extra

Lars Markus Verpeide Bakke ... Prisoner
Lars Berg Jensen ... Extra (as Lars Jensen)
Kamil Hagberg ... Extra
Ivar Eeg Gusscard ... Extra
Thor Arne Thomassen ... Extra
Âge Ruste ... Extra
Lars Jonas Carberg ... Extra
Ola Østbye Høiecgen ... Extra
Louis Rustam Foss ... Extra
Johannes Randem ... Extra
Trygve Gausdal ... Extra
Christian Aaslie ... Extra
Aras Kanani ... Extra
Ferdinand Gulbrandsen ... Extra
Victor Alexander Viita ... Extra
Torgrim Ødegård ... Soldier (as Tiorgrim Ødegaard)
Uno Wahl ... Extra
Varg Strande ... Soldier / Prisoner
Anders Kile Cronningsæter ... Extra
Byørn Ivar Lund ... Extra
Håkon Speirs Færvik ... Soldier
Frank Benjamin Finger ... Extra
Thomas Berg ... Extra
Bjørn Fjærestad ... Extra
Fredrik Formo ... Extra
Ivan Andreassen ... Extra
Magnus Opsahl ... Extra
Eirik Daleng ... Prisoner
Thomas Berg Jensen ... Extra
Emerson Reichert Gomes ... Extra
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Directed by
Jerzy Skolimowski 
 
Writing credits
Jerzy Skolimowski (screenplay) and
Ewa Piaskowska (screenplay)

James McManus (additional writing)

Produced by
József Berger .... co-producer (as Joszef Berger)
Bjarne Bjørndalen .... line producer: Norway
Ed Guiney .... co-producer
Ingrid Lill Høgtun .... co-producer
Andrew Lowe .... executive producer
Ewa Piaskowska .... producer
Marek Rozenbaum .... line producer: Israel
Jerzy Skolimowski .... producer
Jeremy Thomas .... executive producer
Peter Watson .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Pawel Mykietyn 
 
Cinematography by
Adam Sikora (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Réka Lemhényi (chief editor)
Maciej Pawlinski 
 
Production Design by
Joanna Kaczynska 
 
Costume Design by
Anne Hamre 
 
Makeup Department
Barbara Conway .... makeup designer
Marta Domagala .... makeup assistant: Poland
Robert Kupisz .... hair stylist: Poland
Tomasz Matraszek .... special makeup effects artist: Poland
Gabriella Németh .... hair designer
Janne Røhmen .... special makeup effects artist: Norway
Rick Glassman .... additional special effects makeup (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jakub Chilczuk .... post-production supervisor
Bjørn Fjærestad .... production manager: Norway
Dávid Jancsó .... post-production supervisor
Neseser .... post-production supervisor
Malgorzata Sandecka .... post-production supervisor
Andrzej Stempowski .... production manager: Poland
Itai Tamir .... production supervisor: Israel
Sebastian Zakowski .... set manager: Poland
Judit Schmidt .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Teresa Czepiec .... second assistant director: Poland
Jérôme Dassier .... first assistant director
Tessa Eggesbø .... second assistant director: Norway
Krzysztof Kasior .... second assistant director: Poland
Maxim Konoplov .... third assistant director: Israel (as Max Konoplov)
Julia Popkiewicz .... first assistant director: office, Poland
Jonathan Rozenbaum .... second assistant director: Israel
Józef Skolimowski .... second unit director: Poland
Michal Skolimowski .... second unit director: Poland
Jon Are Uhnger .... third assistant director: Norway
 
Art Department
Per Henry Borch .... property master: Norway
Jacek Czechowski .... art director: Poland
Lukasz Dobosz .... stagehand: Poland
Ariel Glazer .... set decorator: Israel
Marek Janik .... dressing prop hand: Poland
Krzysztof Jerzak .... stagehand: Poland
Julia Kasprzak .... set decorator: Poland
Marcin Kaweczynski .... stagehand: Poland
Anders Lunde .... scenographer: Norway
Bogdan Piotrowski .... property master: Poland
Manolo Schor .... art department assistant: Israel (as Manuel Schor)
Robert Senderowski .... dressing prop hand: Poland
Marcin Trybulski .... construction manager: Poland
Arie Weiss .... property master: Israel
Piotr Zimon .... stagehand: Poland
Frank Rizzo .... poster artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rune Baggerud .... boom operator: second unit, Norway
Alan Collins .... sound facility director: ardmore sound
Michelle Cunniffe .... recording mixer
Caoimhe Doyle .... foley artist
Robert Flanagan .... production sound mixer
Aza Hand .... dialogue editor
Aza Hand .... foley editor
Iwo Klimek .... adr editor
Fiadhnait McCann .... supervising sound editor
Eoghan McDonnell .... foley assistant
Jean McGrath .... foley recordist
Tomas Naug .... sound engineer: second unit, Norway (as Thomas Naug)
Paul Naughton .... boom operator
Garret Farrell .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Janusz Bykowski .... special effects coordinator: Poland
Andreas Johannesen .... special effects technician: Norway
Pini Klavir .... special effects: Israel
Kai Kolstad Rødseth .... special effects technician: Norway
 
Visual Effects by
Tadeusz Chmiel .... compositor: Platige Image
Tadeusz Chmiel .... textures: Platige Imagr
Marek Gajowski .... visual effects artist: Alvernia Studios
Jakub Grygier .... matte paint: Platige Image
Jakub Grygier .... textures: Platige Image
Katarzyna Jarzyna .... visual effects production supervisor: Platige Image
Adam Kaluski .... offline support: Platige Image
Marcin Klicki .... modeling: Platige Image
Jakub Knapik .... 3d animation: Platige Image
Jakub Knapik .... lead compositor: Platige Image
Jakub Knapik .... shading and lighting artist: Platige Image
Jakub Knapik .... visual effects supervisor: Platige Image
Urszula Piekarska .... assistant to visual effects production supervisor: Platige Image
Lukasz Poninski .... visual effects production supervisor: Alvernia Studios
Piotr Popielawski .... titles and credits: Platige Image
Jaroslaw Sawko .... visual effects producer: Platige Image
Edyta Sek .... visual effects production manager: Alvernia Studios
Piotr Sikora .... visual effects producer: Platige Image
Lukasz Sobisz .... simulations: Platige Image
Albert Szostkiewicz .... effects technical director: Platige Image
Mateusz Tokarz .... visual effects artist: Alvernia Studios
Mikolaj Valencia .... visual effects supervisor: Alvernia Studios
Adam Wierzchowski .... technical director: Platige Image
Witold Wnuk .... visual effects artist: Alvernia Studios
Juliusz Zenkner .... compositor: Platige Image
Juliusz Zenkner .... rotoscopy: Platige Image
Juliusz Zenkner .... titles and credits: Platige Image
Piotr Dutkiewicz .... online support: Platige Image (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert Brzezinski .... stunt coordinator: Poland
Jacek Dlugosz .... stunts: POland
Johannes Eilertsen .... stunt performer: Norway
Grzegorz Jurek .... stunts: Poland
Kristoffer Jørgensen .... stunt coordinator: Norway
Sergei Klimkin .... stuntman (as Sergey Klimkin Kepa)
Tomasz Krzemieniecki .... stunt performer: Poland
Tomasz Krzyzanowski .... stunts: Poland
Maciej Kubica .... stunts: Poland
Joe Perez .... stunt rigger: Norway
Pawel Pliszka .... stunts: Poland
Krzysztof Sztabinski .... stunts: Poland
Stefan Wójcicki .... stunts: Poland
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carsten Aniksdal .... still photographer: Norway
Igal Arobas .... grip: Israel
Ola Austad .... camera loader: "b" camera, Norway (as Ola Arnøy Austad)
Avishay Azulay .... electrician: Israel (as Avishai Azoulay)
Ilan Ben Odiz .... electrician: Irael (as Ilan Ben Oudiz)
Kim Berg .... electrician: Norway
Liad Berger .... grip: Israel
Marcin Boguszewski .... underwater photography: Poland
Pawel Cichocki .... gaffer: Poland
Robert Drabek .... electrician: Poland
Jan Vidar Eriksen .... grip assistant: Norway
Dariusz Grodzki .... electrician: Poland
Ocki Hansson .... grip: Norway
Lars-Petter Iversen .... still photographer: Norway
Henryk Jedynak .... focus puller: "a" camera
Jarl Grantin Johnsen .... gaffer: Norway (as Jari Johnsen)
Ciaran Kavanagh .... camera operator: "b" camera
Przemyslaw Klej .... additional camera operator: Poland
Ivo Ledwozyw .... still photographer: Poland
Krzysztof Lopuszanski .... generator operator: Poland
Adam Maczka .... generator operator: Poland
Yuri Manevich .... generator operator: Israel
Philip McKeon .... focus puller: 'b' camera
Ignacy Mysliwiec .... video playback operator: Poland
Guy Ne'eman .... key grip: Israel (as Guy Neeman)
Jerzy Nogal .... key grip: Poland
Robin Ottersen .... focus puller: second unit, Norway
Rafal Paradowski .... camera operator: 'a' camera
Marta Proch .... clapper loader: "b" camera, Poland
Emil Prokop .... electrician: Poland
Jens Ramborg .... camera operator: second unit, Norway
Udi Rimer .... gaffer: Israel
Guro Rugstad Jenssen .... still photographer: Norway
Yehuda Sar-Israel .... second assistant camera: Israel
Albert Sciezynski .... dolly grip: Poland
Adva Shoua .... first assistant camera: Israel
Sebastian Stecko .... electrician: Poland
Magdalene Symonowicz .... clapper loader: 'a' camera
Maciej Szelerski .... generator operator: Poland (as Marciej Szulerski)
Patrik Säfström .... camera operator: second unit, Norway
Endre Eken Torp .... focus puller: second unit, Norway
Levi Trøyte .... electrician: Norway
Sagy Tsirken .... video playback operator: Israel (as Sagy Tsirkin)
Adam Verete .... electrician: Israel
Knut Westad .... grip assistant: Norway
Matthew Weston .... clapper loader: "b" camera, Norway (as Matt Weston)
Adam Wojtczakowski .... electrician: Poland
Tomasz Wozniczka .... additional camera operator: Poland
Pawel Zelazko .... additional camera operator: Poland
 
Casting Department
Pawel Czajor .... casting: Poland
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adi Hahn .... assistant costume designer: Israel
Linn Henriksen .... assistant costume designer: Norway
Katarzyna Jarosinska .... second assistant costume designer: Poland
Malgorzata Karpiuk .... assistant costume designer: Poland
 
Editorial Department
Glen Castinho .... digital colorist
Glen Castinho .... digital intermediate supervisor
Attila Csabai .... assistant editor
Sandra Falkowski .... assistant editor
Dávid Jancsó .... additional editor
Adam Kaluski .... assistant editor
Wanda Kiss .... additional editor
Sebastian Korwin-Kulesza .... assistant editor
Piotr Krasny .... 4k scanning and film printing: Alvernia Studios
Lukasz Poninski .... digital intermediate production supervisor
Edyta Sek .... digital intermediate production supervisor
Cezary Szumski .... assistant editor
Piotr Zmyslony .... scanning assistant: Alvernia Studios
László Kovács .... telecine colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Piotr Dominski .... additional music preparation
Janice Ginsberg .... music advisor
Karol Ludew .... musician: percussion soloist
Marta Maslanka .... musician: santur soloist
Pawel Mykietyn .... musician: keyboard soloist
Rafal Paczkowski .... recording and mixing engineer
Jaroslaw Regulski .... recording and mixing engineer
Robert Siwak .... musician: daf soloist
Pawel Stankiewicz .... musician: electric guitar soloist
Maciej Szczycinski .... musician: bass guitar soloist
Sebastian Wieladek .... musician: ney/duduk soloist
Fabian Wlodarek .... musician: accordion soloist
 
Transportation Department
Vidar Falck-Muus .... provider: Chevrolet Tahoe
Wojo Jakus .... transportation coordinator: Poland
Helge Lier .... provider: Chevrolet Tahoe
Andrej Litawinski .... unit driver: Poland
Per Mathiesen .... provider: Chevrolet Tahoe
Ofer Netzer .... driver: Israel
Waldemar Piasecki .... unit driver: Poland
Shlomo 'Momo' Raz .... driver: Israel
Adam Rychtarczyk .... unit driver: Poland
Ola Røstbakken .... provider: Chevrolet Tahoe
Meital Sarusi .... driver: Mr. Gallo, Israel
Krzysztof Stepkowski .... unit driver: Poland
Marcin Szczepaniak Garcia .... unit driver: Poland
Wojciech Tlustowski .... unit driver: Poland
Leszek Turowski .... unit driver: Poland
Øystein Velund .... driver: Mr. Gallo, Norway
Wieslaw Wiercicoch Wiertara .... unit driver: Poland
Krzysztof Zarecki .... driver: Mr. Gallo, Poland
Jacek Zastawny .... unit driver: Poland
Robert Zielinski .... driver: Ms. Seigner, Poland
Torgim Ødegård .... driver: Ms. Skolimowski, Norway
 
Other crew
Oded Aharon .... production assistant: Israel
Arik Ashkenazi .... caterer: Israel
Kristina Aurvåg .... production assistant: Norway
Liviu Babitz .... production assistant: Israel
Agnieszka Balcerzak .... production administrator: Poland
Noam Ben Giat .... production assistant: Israel
Even Løken Bergan .... unit medical assistant: Norway (as Even Bergan)
Jon Bromken .... provider: winterpackage, Norway
Robert Bucharzewski .... production accountant: Poland (as Robert Bachurzewski)
Maren Burdal .... dog handler: Norway
Oded Chakim .... production assistant: Israel
Johannes Eilertsen .... body double: Norway
Marthe Feiring .... extras coordinator: Norway
Marthe Feiring .... production secretary: Norway
Moselle Foley .... production coordinator
Håkon Speirs Færvik .... unit medical assistant: Norway
Jan-Erik Gammleng .... production executive: Norway
Chiara Gelardin .... business and legal affairs
Paulina Gmaj .... production assistant: Poland
Phillip Goss .... adr performer
Aza Hand .... additional adr performer
Shirley Hermann .... production coordinator: Israel
Michal Jaroszewicz .... adr performer
Yaara Kalif .... assistant: Mr. Gallo, Israel
Alainée Kent .... development executive
Sergei Klimkin .... body double: Poland (as Sergey Klimkin Kera)
Dariusz Klodowski .... location manager: Poland
Piotr Kolodziejczyk .... consultant: Poland
Agata Kordos .... animal consultant: Poland
Eran Kotzki .... location manager: Israel
Beata Krekiewicz .... script supervisor
Pâl Kristiansen .... helicopter pilot: RC, Norway
Gaute Lid Larssen .... senior production executive: Norway
Jonathan Lynch-Staunton .... representative: HanWay Films
Geir Marring .... animal trainer: Norway
Geir Marring .... hundeskole: oslo, Norway
Tanja Marring .... caterer: Norway
Renana Netzer .... water girl: Israel
Denis Nikolaev .... production assistant: Israel
Konrad Orlowski .... consultant: Poland
Filip Przybylski .... adr performer
Morten Rasmussen .... helicopter technical department: RC, Norway
Geir Rossebø .... production assistant: Norway
Daniel Rozenbaum .... production assistant: Israel
Marek Russ .... animal coordinator: Poland
Mahmoud Salama .... extras coordinator: Israel (as Mahmud Salame)
Meital Sarusi .... dietician: Mr. Gallo, Israel
Tove Seppola .... accountant: Norway
Szymon Skalski .... consultant: Poland
Malgorzata Skuza .... dialogue coach: Poland
Terje Stroemstad .... production coordinator: Norway
Kim André Sørland .... dog handler: Norway
Jeremy Thomas .... presents
Jenny Adriana Vrolijk .... accountant: Norway
Vonatan Zaid .... production assistant: Israel
Eszter Óvári .... production coordinator
Hilde Østby .... press coordinator: shooting, Norway
Louise Cornally .... production finance executive (uncredited)
Eirik Daleng .... stand-in: Vincent Gallo (uncredited)
Lipák Erzsébet .... production accountant (uncredited)
Frank Benjamin Finger .... stand-in: male (uncredited)
Paula Heffernan .... production executive: Element Pictures (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Truls Kontny .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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83 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Ireland:15A | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:M18

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Trivia:
There is essentially no dialog in this movie, unless you count commanders shouting perfunctory orders in the field. All other speaking is muffled, squelched by louder noises, or otherwise part of indistinct background activities.See more »
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Continuity: After Mohammed falls in the water he climbs out of the lake. However, in the following scene with the dog he seems dry.See more »
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31 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Good solid film, 4 March 2011
Author: Perry Bee from On a distant star

I was not sure where this film was going to go with the story line at hand, was it to be another horror story about the violence of war? It was just a bit hard to work out after watching the trailer on YouTube, as things can look misleading.

But I was glad to see it was not all about blood and gut's, no Rambo style shoot me up type of film, sure there are parts with violence, but it is not the main focus of the storyline, and it put another spin on the way I looked at the war's that are being fought in the Middle East.

And by not giving to much away from this solid film, it is about a fish out of water, but seen from the other side of the fence. It made me think about the conflict of war in a different way. Apparently Jack Nicholson stated, so far it was the best film of year, I am not sure about that, but the film made me think about the madness of the world we live in.

Rock solid 8 out of 10, and could some one tell me the name of the music at the end of the film.

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