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A Most Wanted Man -- A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
A Most Wanted Man -- 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?
A Most Wanted Man -- Hamburg, Germany: 2012. A mysterious, tortured and near-dead half-Chechen, half-Russian man arrives in the city's Islamic community desperate for help and looking to recover his late Russian father's ill-gotten fortune. Nothing about this man seems to add up; is he a victim or a thief or, worse still, an extremist intent on destruction? Drawn into this web of intrigue are a banker and a young lawyer who is determined to defend the defenseless. All the while, they are being watched by the chief of a covert German spy unit, who fights to put the pieces together as the clock ticks.
A Most Wanted Man -- A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.


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  (in credits order)

Grigoriy Dobrygin ... Issa Karpov

Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Günther Bachmann

Homayoun Ershadi ... Abdullah

Mehdi Dehbi ... Jamal

Neil Malik Abdullah ... Abdullah's Bodyguard

Nina Hoss ... Irna Frey

Daniel Brühl ... Maximilian

Vicky Krieps ... Niki

Kostja Ullmann ... Rasheed
Franz Hartwig ... Karl

Martin Wuttke ... The Admiral
Vedat Erincin ... Storekeeper

Rainer Bock ... Dieter Mohr
Derya Alabora ... Leyla Oktay
Tamer Yigit ... Melik Oktay
René Lay ... Sparring Partner

Herbert Grönemeyer ... Michael Axelrod
Georg Ebinal ... Axelrod's Driver

Robin Wright ... Martha Sullivan
Bernhard Schütz ... Otto Keller

Rachel McAdams ... Annabel Richter
Jessica Joffe ... Lotta
Imke Büchel ... Frau Elli

Willem Dafoe ... Tommy Brue

Ursina Lardi ... Mitzi
Uwe Dag Berlin ... Tattooed Man (as Uwe-Dag Berlin)
Corinna Kropiunig ... Lonely Dancing Woman
Max Volkert Martens ... Otto Burgdorf
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leif Altenburg ... Annabel's Friend (uncredited)
Dennis Schäfer ... Barkeeper (uncredited)
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Directed by
Anton Corbijn 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Bovell  screenplay
John le Carré  novel

Produced by
Andrea Calderwood .... producer
Simon Cornwell .... producer
Stephen Cornwell .... producer
Gail Egan .... producer
Sam Englebardt .... executive producer
Solveig Fina .... co-producer
Malte Grunert .... producer
William D. Johnson .... executive producer
John le Carré .... executive producer
Arno Neubauer .... line producer
Tessa Ross .... executive producer
Helge Sasse .... co-producer
Original Music by
Herbert Grönemeyer 
Cinematography by
Benoît Delhomme 
Film Editing by
Claire Simpson 
Casting by
Jina Jay 
Production Design by
Sebastian T. Krawinkel 
Art Direction by
Sabine Engelberg (supervising art director)
Set Decoration by
Yesim Zolan 
Costume Design by
Nicole Fischnaller 
Makeup Department
Julia Böhm .... makeup artist: reshoot
Lisa Edelmann .... special makeup effects artist
Nicola Faas .... additional makeup artist
Sharon Martin .... makeup designer
Valeska Schitthelm .... hair stylist
Valeska Schitthelm .... makeup artist
Jenna Smith .... hair stylist
Jenna Smith .... makeup artist
Bettina Stähle .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Jan Brandt .... production manager
Rebekka Garrido .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heiko Becker .... additional second assistant director
Carlos Fidel .... second assistant director
Caroline Kaempfer .... third assistant director
Scott Kirby .... first assistant director
Corinne Le Hong .... second assistant director
Laura Mihartescu .... additional first assistant director
Anne Thieme .... daily crowd assistant director
Art Department
Markus Bendler .... picture vehicle coordinator
Robert Blasi .... art department coordinator
Henning Brehm .... graphic designer
Christina Degenhardt .... assistant property master: indoor
Lars Dicht .... standby carpenter
Enzo Enzel .... standby painter
Manuel Hess .... additional set dresser
David Hoffmann .... property master
Philipp Hübner .... set dresser
Sabine Kasch .... set decoration buyer
Steffi Lehmkuhl .... assistant property master: outdoor
Eva-Maria Müller .... painter
Nima Nadaf .... prop driver
Benjamin Peper .... set decoration trainee
Esther Schreiner .... assistant art director
Karola Soos .... additional set dresser
Tim Tamke .... props buyer
Michael Timmermann .... set decoration carpenter
Jeannine Ullrich .... set dresser
Jan Müller von der Haegen .... set dresser
Johanna Wimmer .... painter
André Wolf .... prop driver
Stefanie Übelhör .... art department trainee
Sound Department
Christopher Atkinson .... boom operator (as Chris Atkinson)
Manfred Banach .... sound recordist
Gareth John .... production sound mixer
Thomas Kalbér .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Frank Kruse .... sound designer
Helen McGovern .... sound assistant
Alessandro Mongardini .... adr recordist
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer
Carsten Richter .... foley artist
Jac Rubenstein .... adr editor
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Matthias Schwab .... additional re-recording mixer
Markus Stemler .... additional sound effects editor
Martin Steyer .... sound re-recording mixer
Hanse Warns .... foley mixer
Hanse Warns .... supervising foley editor
Visual Effects by
Daniel Beckmann .... lead compositor: Pixomondo
Alessio Bertotti .... compositor
Jean-Michel Boublil .... visual effects supervisor
Adriano Calafiore .... digital compositor
Benjamin Ey .... division visual effects producer: Pixomondo
Urs Franzen .... division visual effects supervisor: Pixomondo
Johannes Hezer .... pipeline td: Pixomondo
Annika Hirsch .... division visual effects producer: Pixomondo
Nane Kemper .... visual effects producer: Pixomondo
Thilo Kuther .... visual effects executive producer: Pixomondo
Ivan Lima .... compositor: Pixomondo
Florian Obrecht .... visual effects artist
Judith Reuter .... division visual effects coordinator: Pixomondo
Christoph Roth .... visual effects producer: Pixomondo
Alessandro Rovere .... visual effects editor: Pixomondo
Alexander Rumpf .... compositor: Pixomondo
Malte Sarnes .... visual effects supervisor: Pixomondo
Martin Talossi .... compositor: Pixomondo
Jeury Tavares .... visual effects coordinator: Pixomondo
Jonas Thorbrügge .... compositor: Pixomondo
Johannes Weiss .... compositor: Pixomondo
Florian Westermann .... concept artist: Pixomondo
Christian Vogt .... executive producer: Pixomondo (uncredited)
Josh Behjat .... stunts
James Bomalick .... stunt performer
Georg Ebinal .... stunts
Thomas Hacikoglu .... stunts
Dori Horvath .... stunts
Jürgen Klein .... stunts
René Lay .... stunts
Mike Luft .... stunts
Uwe Mansshardt .... precision driver
Mike Möller .... stunts
Ronnie Paul .... stunt coordinator
Nils Rohde .... stunts
Marcel Stefanski .... stunts
Daniel Stockhorst .... stunts
Toni Varvasoudis .... stunts
Martin Winter .... stunt performer
Camera and Electrical Department
Isabelle Arnold .... additional camera operator
Philip Barth .... electrician assistant
Sebastian Behrens .... additional rigging electrician: Berlin
Yoshua Berkowitz .... digital imaging technician
Yoshua Berkowitz .... steadicam operator
Florian Birch .... additional electrician
Steffen Birker .... rigging gaffer
Jeremy Braben .... aerial director of photography
Kerry Brown .... still photographer
Inesa De La Roche .... additional camera: making of
Ronald Deter .... additional electrician: Berlin
Stefan Diecks .... additional electrician
Birgit Dierken .... first assistant camera
Daniel Eberhard .... second digital imaging technician
Jan Grunwald .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Marjan Grünewald .... additional second assistant camera: reshoot
Sascha Görlich .... best boy
Christian Hitzler .... electrician
Thorben Hviid .... rigging electrician
Golo Jahn .... electrician: Berlin
Philipp Jestädt .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Matthias Kapinos .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Florian Kronenberger .... gaffer
Hans Kötter .... rigging electrician
Björn Lingner .... additional lighting assistant
Boris Lohmeyer .... rigging lighting assistant
Heiko Matting .... crane operator: grip GF-16
Max Mönig .... grip
Alexander Probst .... second assistant camera: reshoot
Christian Saure .... camera trainee
Tobias Semmelmann .... data assistant
Armin Sieghart .... rigging electrician
Georg Simmendinger .... electrician
Felix Weddige .... electrician
Sarah Wetzstein .... additional crane grip
Tom Witt .... grip
Niko Wunder .... electrician
Alex Zeihn .... additional rigging electrician: Berlin
Casting Department
Simone Bär .... casting: Europe
Jessie Frost .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Susanne Armbruster .... costumer
Jasmin Geckle .... costumer
Ada Genske .... additional costumer
Nicola Hoffmann .... additional costumer
Pauline Hüners .... additional costumer
Sabrina Kandler .... additional costumer
Dorothee Klaaßen .... assistant costumer
Yvonne Lehmann .... additional costumer
Michaela Rinker .... assistant costume designer
Helen Stein .... additional costumer
Ilka Stoye .... additional costumer
Judith Stryczek .... additional costumer
Ninja Walther .... costume trainee
Frederike Wyrwol .... additional costumer
Anna Wübber .... additional costumer
Editorial Department
Adam Inglis .... colorist
Mandy Krause .... post-production assistant
Steffen Paul .... colorist dailies
Jamie Turpin .... first assistant editor
Music Department
John Barrett .... assistant score mixing engineer
John Barrett .... protools scoring engineer
John Barrett .... scoring protools engineer
Peter Clarke .... music editor
Peter Cobbin .... score mixer
Peter Cobbin .... score recordist
Milena Fessmann .... music supervisor
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Herbert Grönemeyer .... music arranger
David Hefti .... pro tools engineer
Felix Penny .... additional music editor
Greg Penny .... additional music editor
Alex Silva .... score produced and arranged by
Bruce White .... viola
Transportation Department
Dörte Brodesser .... transportation coordinator
Ann Kristin Citzler .... car captain
Jens Jensen .... production driver
Matthias Kühl .... production driver
Mirko Mayer .... production driver
Jan Müller-Jeppsson .... production driver
Rolf Neuring .... production driver
Mathieu Rech .... camera car driver
Simon-Philipp Samuelsdorff .... production driver
Nico Viets .... production driver
Michael Ziegler .... personal driver: Mr. Corbijn
Other crew
Benjamin Ackermann .... location manager
Stephanie Ahlen .... operations manager: aerial unit Hamburg
Cameron Arguelles .... Conversions operator
Monica Axelsson .... assistant to director
Grit Belitz .... production coordinator
Michael Belitz .... production assistant
Gero Brugmann .... legal services: production financing
Lars Buscher .... location coordinator
Beate Carlino .... cashier
Judy Dickerson .... dialect coach: Rachel McAdams
Nic Diedrich .... location manager
Nic Diedrich .... location scout
Harry Dixon .... legal and business affairs
Silke Dunker .... additional script supervisor (as Silke Engelhardt)
Ulrike Franz .... additional script supervisor
Jelena Goldbach .... assistant to producers
Helen Grearson .... assistant to Gail Egan
Steffi Hiller .... production controller
Imke Hingst .... extras coordinator
Sophie Jenik .... additional extras coordinator
Thomas Lauterkorn .... location scout: Berlin
Christina Legkova .... assistant to producer
Stefan Mentz .... assistant production coordinator
Stefan Mentz .... assistant: Philip Seymour Hoffman
Louise Muskala .... assistant: Ms. McAdams
Ilka Müller-Waack .... assistant set manager: additional
Bastian Rabe .... assistant location manager: Berlin
Dennis Rabenstein .... assistant accountant
Verena Rahmig .... housing coordinator: post production
Steve Sauthoff .... set manager
Judica Schrammeck .... production assistant
Florian Schwombeck .... extras coordinator
Ingo Stroot .... set manager: additional
Olly Stück .... movement coordinator
Harro von Have .... legal counsel: producer
Felix Witte .... assistant set manager
Semjon Wolf .... set production assistant
Thomas Wolff .... additional payroll accountant
Philip Seymour Hoffman .... in loving memory of

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122 min
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A nine-minute mini-documentary of John le Carré talking about this movie's source novel at the Southbank Centre was released on 22 July 2008. The short was made by Simon Channing Williams who had produced the film adaptation of John le Carré's The Constant Gardener (2005).See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Richter presents Brue with the account number, the handwriting does not appear to have been written in the German style of handwriting (in particular, the number '1' is written as a straight line, rather than a hooked, like "7").See more »
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
MILES better than 2011's "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", 10 August 2014
Author: Paul Allaer from Cincinnati

"A Most Wanted Man" (2014 release; 121 min.) is the big screen adaptation of the John Le Carre novel of the same name. As the movie opens, we see some guy entering the port of Hamburg, Germany in a covert way. We later learn he is Issa, an alleged jihadist who has fled Chechnya, Russia for fear of prosecution. In a parallel story line, we get to know Gunther Bachmann (played by Philip Seymour Hoffman), who heads an anti-terror unit in the German security forces. Gunther and his colleague Erna (played by Nina Hoss) are quickly on the trail of Issa. Meanwhile, through mutual connections, Issa is put in touch with Annabel Richter (played by Rachel McAdams), a lawyer defending the causes of asylum seekers. To tell you more of the story would spoil your viewing experience of this plot-heavy movie, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, this is the latest movie from Dutch director Anton Corbijn, best known for his extensive visual design and video work for Depeche Mode and other bands. He also brought us "Control", the biopic about Joy Division's Ian Curtis. In this film, he stays more in the direction of his most recent film, "The American" (starring George Clooney). As you can expect, the visuals in "A Most Wanted Man" are given plenty of attention and detail. Hamburg (the city) is as much a character in the movie as are the key performers. Second, the movie itself works quite well. Compared to the previous John Le Carre adaptation for the big screen, 2011's disastrous "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy", this movie is a masterpiece, albeit not without flaws. The movie keeps us guessing for much of the time as to what really is going on (primarily: is Issa ultimately a "good" guy or a "bad" guy?), and that keeps the tension of the movie up (n a good way). Third, this movie is, sadly, best known for being one of the very last on screen performances of Philip Seymour Hoffman. He does his usual great work, even with the funny faux German accent, but I have to say that he does not look well or at ease. The (literally) non-stop smoking during the entire movie surely does not help. There are quite a few other to take note of: Willem Dafoe as the (sleazy? good?) banker, Robin Wright as the American Embassy envoye, Rachel McAdams as the well-intended asylum lawyer, and last but certainly not least, Nina Hoss as Gunther's colleague. She is in my humble opinion one of Europe's top actresses of this generation, with such recent films as "Barbara", "Yerichow" and "Yella". Hoss brings a much needed spark to "A Most Wanted Man". Finally, there is a nice orchestral score for this movie, composed by German musician Herbert Grönemeyer.

The movie came out 3 weeks or so ago here in Cincinnati but for whatever reason I didn't get to see it until now. Imagine my surprise that the matinée screening where I saw this at this weekend was very well attended. Mostly an older audience I might add. I surmise that this being a John Le Carre adaptation plays a huge factor in people coming to check this movie out. Bottom line: "A Most Wanted Man" is a satisfactory spy-thriller with several stellar acting performances, in particular Philip Deymour Hoffman and Nina Hoss. "A Most Wanted Man" is definitely worth checking out, be it in the theater or on DVD/Bly-ray.

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