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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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Issa Karpov (as Grigory Dobrygin)
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Mehdi Dehbi ...
Jamal
Neil Malik Abdullah ...
Abdullah's Bodyguard (as Neil Melik Abdullah)
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Maximilian
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Rasheed
Franz Hartwig ...
Karl
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Vedat Erincin ...
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Derya Alabora ...
Leyla Oktay
Tamer Yigit ...
Melik Oktay

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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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From Master Spy novelist John le Carré Best Selling Author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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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 »

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Irna Frey: There is a difference between them and us. They want to hurt him. We want to help him. You see, Annabel, we're not your enemy. We're your solution.
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Featured in SPYMASTER: John le Carré in Hamburg (2014) See more »

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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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