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Rosewater (2014)

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Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari is detained by Iranian forces who brutally interrogate him under suspicion that he is a spy.

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Davood
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Baba Akbar
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Moloojoon
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Paola
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Alireza
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Haj Agha
Kambiz Hosseini ...
Hassan
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Rahim
Ayman Sharaiha ...
Blue-Eyed Seyyed
Zeid Kattan ...
Seyyed
Ali Elayan ...
Channel One State TV Interviewer
Nidal Ali ...
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Based of a true story about a journalist who gets detained and brutally interrogated in prison for 118 days. The journalist Maziar Bahari was blindfolded and interrogated for 4 months in Evin prison in Iran, while the only distinguishable feature about his captor is the distinct smell of rosewater. An interview and sketch that Maziar did with a journalist on The Daily Show was used as evidence that Maziar was a spy and in communication with the American government and the CIA. Written by abivians

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Biography | Drama

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Rated R for language including some crude references, and violent content | See all certifications »

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27 November 2014 (Israel)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$567,038, 21 November 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,128,941, 30 January 2015
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Maziar Bahari was imprisoned, interrogated, and beaten in Iran for 118 days in 2009 on charges that he was attempting to stage the overthrow of the Iranian government. One of the pieces of "evidence" that Bahari's Iranian captors held against him as proof of his guilt was footage from a segment on The Daily Show (1996) in which he was interviewed by Jason Jones pretending to be a spy. During the sketch, Bahari called Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an "idiot". After he was released, Bahari was interviewed on "The Daily Show" by Jon Stewart, who discussed the role that the show had (inadvertently) played in his imprisonment. Stewart and Bahari became friendly, and Stewart decided to adapt Bahari's 2011 book "Then They Came for Me: A Family's Story of Love, Captivity and Survival" (co-written with Aimee Molloy) into a screenplay. See more »

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Maziar Bahari was in prison for over three months but neither his hair or facial hair changes in length. See more »

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Maziar Bahari: [narrating] When I was nine my sister took me to the Shrine of Masumeh. It was beautiful. I will never forget the smell. A mix of sweat and rosewater they showered down on the faithful. I used to think only the most pious carried that scent.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Dumb and Dumber To/Rosewater (2014) See more »

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New Bloom
Written by Mahdyar Aghajani
Performed by Mahdyar Aghajani
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Excellent Film with Considerable Nuance
14 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Well worth seeing. An engaging and moving film. Rosewater is a well done portrayal of an historical story. It is hard to believe that a Daily Show Episode set in motion all the events and consequences portrayed. Rosewater portrays with artistic imagery and cinematography the need to confront totalitarianism. The cast and acting is superb. Jon Stewart has done an excellent job in developing the screenplay and directing its filming. The scenes of Iran blended with other locations creates a moving montage. Do see Rosewater. I am not sure why IMDb wants ten lines of text for viewer reviews. I thoroughly valued seeing the movie and wanted to express my satisfaction with a review, but I was not expecting to need to write such a lengthy exposition. Do see Rosewater and take your friends and family.


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