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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abdullah's Bodyguard (as Neil Melik Abdullah)
Franz Hartwig ...
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Leyla Oktay
Tamer Yigit ...
Melik Oktay


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 »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre más buscado  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$17,237,244 (USA) (7 November 2014)

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The film's opening prologue states: "In 2001 Mohammad Atta conceived and planned the 9/11 attacks from the port city of Hamburg, Germany. Intelligence failures and interdepartmental rivalries allowed him and his team to prepare for the attacks without discovery or interference. Today Hamburg remains a city in high alert, the focus of both German and International Intelligence services, determined never to repeat the mistakes of 2001". See more »


The expression Insha Allah (If God's Will) is a term use in an occasion which is yet or about to happen, much in contrary of how Issa expressed for the news of bombing. See more »


Martha Sullivan: Maybe, if you could define for us, what you think the long term objective would be? What are we trying to achieve?
Günther Bachmann: To make the world safer place. Isn't that enough?
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Written and Performed by Roy Orbison
© Published by Barbara Orbison Music Company (BMI)
All Rights Administered by BMG Rights Management (US) LLC
(P) With Kind Permission of BMG Rights Management GmbH (Germany)
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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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