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Syriana (2005)

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A politically charged epic about the state of the oil industry in the hands of those personally involved in and affected by it.

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Stephen Gaghan

Writers:

Stephen Gaghan, Robert Baer (book)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 28 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kayvan Novak ... Arash
George Clooney ... Bob Barnes
Amr Waked ... Mohammed Sheik Agiza
Christopher Plummer ... Dean Whiting
Jeffrey Wright ... Bennett Holiday
Chris Cooper ... Jimmy Pope
Robert Foxworth ... Tommy Barton
Nicky Henson ... Sydney Hewitt
Nicholas Art Nicholas Art ... Riley Woodman
Matt Damon ... Bryan Woodman
Amanda Peet ... Julie Woodman
Steven Hinkle ... Max Woodman
Daisy Tormé ... Rebecca
Peter Gerety ... Leland Janus
Richard Lintern ... Bryan's Boss
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Storyline

American oil companies Connex and smaller Killen are undergoing a merger, the new company named Connex-Killen. The move is in response to Connex losing a number of oil fields in the Persian Gulf region as Prince Nasir Al-Subaai, his country's foreign minister, and the oldest son of the Emir and thus the heir apparent to the throne, signed a contract with the Chinese instead. As Killen somehow managed to get the contract for the oil fields in Kazahkstan, the merger would give Connex-Killen additional control of the industry in the Middle East. Connex's retained law firm, headed by Dean Whiting, assigns Bennett Holiday to demonstrate to the US Department of Justice that due diligence has been done to allow the merger to proceed i.e. that the merger would not break any antitrust regulations. The US government is unhappy with Prince Nasir's decision to award the contract to the Chinese, and in combination with issues around illegal weapons, the CIA assigns field agent Bob Barnes, who has ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Urdu | Arabic | Persian | French | Mandarin

Release Date:

9 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

See No Evil See more »

Filming Locations:

Annapolis, Maryland, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$374,502, 27 November 2005

Gross USA:

$50,824,620

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$93,974,620
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

"Bob Barnes" - the character portrayed by George Clooney in the film "Syriana", is based on the real life exploits of career CIA operative Bob Baer. Baer spent 21 years as a CIA man hunter. Mr. Baer is the lead investigator on the History Channnel's popular TV series "Hunting Hitler". Season 3 is due to air in late 2017. Source: These details are stated by Baer in the opening team overview/background of both Season 1 and Season 2 of the program. See more »

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Early in the film, a news reader with a British accent says "one hundred thirty". They should have said "one hundred and thirty." The "and" is usually omitted in non-British English. See more »

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[first lines]
Arash: Bobby, where have you been?
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(Closing statement) While inspired by a non-fiction work, this motion picture and all of the characters and events portrayed in it (except for incidental archival footage), are fictional. See more »

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(1983) (uncredited)
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A political slap in the face reality check
14 December 2005 | by nolarobertSee all my reviews

I walked out of this movie feeling pretty depressed. As a historian, I always knew there have been forces at work in our society that act against the best interest of the average citizen. This film does an excellent job of illustrating just how politics and big business conspire to preserve the status quo which also protects their power and profits. The global interaction depicted in this film shows how all actions have consequences. The thirst our nation has for oil drives the kind of political and business policies that cause anger and hatred towards our nation. This oil addiction has led to an unjust war that was started on lies and disinformation. The result has been the deaths of over 2000 US servicemen and women, thousands more injured and tens of thousands Iraqi dead and wounded. This act has been the best tool Islamic terrorist groups have ever had in attracting followers and money to their cause. Those that attack this film obviously buy into the fantasy that America is involved in Iraq and the Middle East due to our sincere desire to spread "democracy." Anyone who is willing to have an open mind will find this film to be chilling for the implications of the storyline. This film is a must see for those who care about how the behavior of our government and big business impacts us in our everyday lives and how it will contribute to further terrorist attacks for decades to come. A well researched story with excellent actors for the numerous roles. I will buy this as soon as it comes out on DVD.


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