A Most Wanted Man (2014) Poster


Amy Adams, Carey Mulligan, and Jessica Chastain were considered to play the lead female role of Annabel Richter.
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This is the second last completed movie by Philip Seymour Hoffman before his death.
This film's story is set in Hamburg. Source novel author John le Carré worked for British intelligence's MI5 & MI6 during the 1950s and 1960s and worked in both Berlin and Hamburg. Le Carré was in Berlin when the Berlin Wall was being constructed. In Hamburg, Le Carré has worked as both a consul and as an agent.
Philip Seymour Hoffman died a week after the premiere of the film at the Sundance Film Festival.
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).
John le Carré's source novel 'A Most Wanted Man' is based on the real life of Murat Kurnaz, a Muslim Turkish citizen and legal resident of Germany who was arrested in Pakistan in late 2001 and with the German government's awareness incarcerated by extraordinary rendition (aka irregular rendition) at US military base in Kandahar, Afghanistan and in the Guantanamo Bay detention camp at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba for five years.
Director Anton Corbijn can be seen in a small cameo of about one second. During a press conference shown on a TV screen, he sits next to Homayon Ershadi (Abdullah).
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).
The book A Most Wanted Man is the twenty-first novel of author John le Carré.
This movie was filmed in various locations throughout Hamburg, Germany where John le Carré's novel is set.
The car Guenther Bachman drives in this movie, the W-126 S Mercedes, has a typical eighties' (W126 '79-'91) green metallic color. Towards the end, the Merc seems to have 'lost' a dent in a fender as well as to have changed color to metallic blue. Knowing the photographic skills of Anton Corbijn, this may be a matter of lighting.
This movie was made and released five years after its source novel of the same name by John le Carré was first published in 2008.
Rachel McAdams in preparing for her role in A Most Wanted Man (2014) learned how to do a German accent for her character Annabel Richter.
Nina Hoss' first English language role.
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Philip Seymour Hoffman can be seen drinking coffee from a mug with the character "Lilla My" created by author and artist Tove Jansson.


John le Carré:  bearded white-haired man in the bar scene when Bachmann intervenes in a fight.

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