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A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

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Abdullah's Bodyguard (as Neil Melik Abdullah)
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When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene. Written by Roadside Attractions

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Inspired by true events, adapted from the novel by master spy novelist John le Carré (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardner) See more »

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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1 August 2014 (USA)  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,686,526 (USA) (25 July 2014)

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$17,237,244 (USA) (7 November 2014)
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The producers of the movie were able to access financial subsidies from Germany's federal incentive programme, the DFFF, as well as the regional German funds, the FilmForderung Hamburg Schelswig Holstein and the Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg. Of this, the film was financed in production subsidies from Hamburg's regional film body FilmFörderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein (FFHSH) to the value of EUR 900,000 euros which is approximately US $1.3 million. The production also received support from the European Media Production Guarantee Fund (EMPGF). See more »

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During the first meeting between Annabel Richter and Thomas Brue, Richter hands Brue a hand-written an account number on a piece of paper that was torn from her (Daytimer's) personal organizer. The sound editor overdubbed the sound of a perforated piece of paper being removed from a pad. When the note is seen by the audience, it is a piece of paper that had been bound by a hole punch and would have made a different sound when torn from its source. See more »

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Günther Bachmann: You're too old for her, Tommy. We both are. See her. Love her. But, you'll never get her. Not even with all that black money you've got tucked away in your bank vaults.
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Referenced in SPYMASTER: John le Carré in Hamburg (2014) See more »

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Sea Of Love
Written by Phil Phillips (as Philip Baptiste) and George Khoury
Performed by Phil Phillips and The Twilights
© Published by Fort Knox Music Inc. / Trio Music Co. Inc., USA
Sub-Verlag: Peermusic (Germany) GmbH, Hamburg
With Kind Permission of Peermusic (Germany) GmbH, Hamburg
(P) 1959 The Island Def Jam Music Group - With Kind Permission of Universal Music International - a Division of Universal Music GmbH
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John le Carré wrote it; Philip Seymour Hoffman performed it
16 August 2014 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

A Most Wanted Man (2014) was directed by Anton Corbijn. It's based on a novel by John le Carré. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman. Basically, that's all you need to know about this movie.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is Günther Bachmann, a self-described spy. (Actually a counter-intelligence agent.) He's involved with a Chechen immigrant who has been tortured. There's money going from Hamburg to terrorists, but no one knows how this money gets there. Somehow the Chechen is involved. On and on it goes, with the German police opposing Günther, the CIA opposing Günther, and everyone betraying everyone else.

Günther is burned out and, essentially, has no life other than being a spy. As far as we can see, he never takes time off, he is interested in nothing other than work, and he has no friends and no colleagues he can trust. Hoffman portrays this part perfectly. No one could have done it as well.

A Most Wanted Man is pure Carré, and pure Hoffman, and that's why you should see it. If you're not impressed with Carré, or not impressed with Hoffman, there's no point going to the film.

We saw the movie on the large screen at the wonderful Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY. However, it will work just as well on the small screen. No scuba shots, no mountain skiing shots--this isn't James Bond. If you know what to expect--gritty shots of Hamburg, Germany--you won't be disappointed, and the movie will work for you.


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