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A Hologram for the King (2016)

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A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.

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A failed American businessman looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his idea to a wealthy monarch.

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Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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$1,138,605 (USA) (22 April 2016)

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$4,053,167 (USA) (20 May 2016)
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Tom Hanks starts his role off playing Adam Clay a down-on-his-luck American businessman doing a mock music video on the Talking Heads' "Once In a Lifetime." See more »

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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

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Ya Za Al Shabab!
Performed by Rashed Al Majed
Composed by Khaled Naser
Courtesy of Funoon Al Jazeera
Special Thanks to the Arabic Superstar Rashed Al Majed
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Slow but watchable
29 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

29 May 2016 Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight - Hologram for the King. This film was a little surreal, I was never quite sure if the main character was dreaming the whole thing or not, this was not helped by a series of flashbacks that kept appearing throughout. However Tom Hanks was his usual sturdy unflappable self playing Alan a man who had failed in business and was now trying to succeed in a new career by selling an IT invention to an Arab King in Saudi Arabia. Failing in his marriage also and undergoing a bitter divorce, Alan is a bit lost when he arrives in Saudi and assumes the persona of a very beige type of man fighting his way through a very large sandstorm. However sparks of a more assertive person struggle through and we follow him on a journey of discovery. Not a huge raging river of a film, more a gentle stream meandering around and in danger of drying up in the Saudi desert. It doesn't dry up though and I found myself enjoying the tale immensely. Not everyone's cup of tea but worth a watch.


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