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The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)

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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.



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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland.

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When one day changes the world forever. See more »


Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language, some violence and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 May 2013 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Den ovillige fundamentalisten  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$30,920 (USA) (26 April 2013)


$519,535 (USA) (7 June 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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A movie made from a different viewpoint
28 March 2013 | by (Salt Lake City) – See all my reviews

This movie challenged my views of American policy. I thought that it was definitely written with an Indian audience as the demographic it would do best in. We had an opportunity to listen to the Director (Mira Nair) speak about this and her other movies. She told us "This movie is intended to start a conversation", and that it does. If you are a Hollywood / blockbuster fan you probably will not enjoy this as much. If you are open- minded, watch film for more than just entertainment, and like Bollywood / Indian film, this is for you. I think that just as 20 years ago film depicting disability, or sexuality was far less popular such is true about a film that illustrates a point of view that's not that of a gun toting American.

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