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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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One of the producers of this film, Stephen Cornwell, is the son of John le Carré, author of the source book A Most Wanted Man and many other spy novels. This picture is their first collaboration ever. John le Carré's real birth name is David Cornwell (full name David John Moore Cornwell).See more »
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29 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
only 4 people who like this genre very much..., 21 July 2014
Author: sreekicha from India

Hollywood has never been more enamored with the tradecraft novels of John le Carré than they are right now, having gained in popularity in this post 9/11 society of ours. But for me, I've always had something of a love/hate relationship with his work. While the murky games of spies and dark government assets is one le Carre knows better than anybody, the realism of his writing doesn't always make for the greatest entertainment. Every now and then you wish a car would blow up or somebody would fire a rocket launcher or something. Much like the most recent le Carre adaptation, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Most Wanted Man is another pot boiler with a great cast and a story that emphasizes facts, figures, and mood while leaving character in the background.

Philip Seymour Hoffman brings a palpable weariness to the role of Gunther Bachmann, an espionage operative in Hamburg, a country trying to overcome its reputation as a hot bed of terrorist activity. Gunther is part of an organization so secret, so deep in the weeds nobody knows who they report to. They operate on their own, preventing any security threats in a way they see fit. Like many of le Carre's most popular protagonists, Gunther is a shrewd, calculating man who is smarter and tougher than his physical appearance would suggest. He's a man called on to make the hard decisions because he always does.

When a battered and starving half-Chechyan, half-Russian man emerges out of nowhere seeking political asylum, it catches the attention of not only Gunther's agency, but the CIA (represented by Robin Wright) and other departments in Germany. Gunther's investigation into whether this man is truly who he says, or perhaps a terrorist in disguise, is undermined at every turn by those who claim to be on his side. The ways of spies are often like the mafia; it's your friend with the biggest smile who sticks in the knife. The situation becomes cloudier when a local banker and civil rights advocate (Rachel McAdams) gets involved, along with a shady money man (Willem Dafoe) who is hired to help the refugee gain access to a sizable inheritance.

The second international thriller by Anton Corbijn (he directed George Clooney in The American), the film gets off to a slow start and never gains any momentum. Not that a le Carre story ever aims for big sizzle, the lack of energy is especially burdensome since there is so little interest in developing any of these characters. By contrast, an excellent le Carre adaptation like The Constant Gardener has a central figure with a personal stake in finding a hidden truth. It's no less analytical than A Most Wanted Man or 'Tinker Tailor', but there's an attempt to tell a story, not just go over procedures. And it's a shame because Hoffman really is great as Gunther, a man carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders. The entire veteran cast, and yes that includes McAdams wielding a convincing German accent, fit into le Carre's world perfectly. Ultimately, A Most Wanted Man is too stiff and calculating to appeal to anybody but the most die-hard fan of the genre.

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