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Live from Baghdad (2002)

TV-MA | | Drama, War | TV Movie 7 December 2002
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CNN producer Robert Wiener, his colleague and their crew venture to the Iraqi capital to cover the Gulf War.

Director:

Mick Jackson

Writers:

Robert Wiener (book), Robert Wiener (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Keaton ... Robert Wiener
Helena Bonham Carter ... Ingrid Formanek
Joshua Leonard ... Mark Biello
Lili Taylor ... Judy Parker
David Suchet ... Naji Al-Hadithi
Bruce McGill ... Peter Arnett
Michael Murphy ... Tom Johnson
Paul Guilfoyle ... Ed Turner
Hamish Linklater ... Richard Roth
Michael Cudlitz ... Tom Murphy
Robert Wisdom ... Bernard Shaw
Pamela Sinha ... Fatima (as Pamela Sinna)
Clark Gregg ... Eason Jordan
Matt Keeslar ... Nic Robertson
Kurt Fuller ... Inky
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Storyline

Dramatized version of the story of CNN's Gulf War coverage featuring "The Boys from Baghdad": the battle over access, the fight to keep the technology up and running.. and the decision whether to risk their lives behind enemy lines once the bombing starts, in order to get the story of a lifetime. Written by Sam Meyer

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The Gulf War, 1991. No story is worth dying for - but this was the story of a lifetime. See more »

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Drama | War

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TV-MA | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En direct de Bagdad See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The reason CNN is approved to use the four-wire is said to be because the ministry believes them to be "fair and balanced". FOX News' motto is "fair and balanced". See more »

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The incident where Iraqi soldiers took newborn babies out of their incubators and left them to die turned out to be a hoax in order to generate support for the Persian Gulf War. This was exposed in 1992 a decade before the move was released. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[First lines spoken as characters in the film, preceded by title cards, archival movie dialog, and news announcements]
Robert Wiener: Baghdad is me.
Eason Jordan: You're supposed to be in Berlin.
Robert Wiener: Fuck Berlin. The wall's down. Baghdad is me, Eason.
Eason Jordan: You've never even been to Baghdad.
Robert Wiener: Close enough. Jerusalem.
Eason Jordan: I wouldn't bring up Jerusalem if I were you. It's not a point in your favor.
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The Karma of a Wealthy Country, In an Engaging Movie
23 November 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1990, the producer Robert Wiener (Michael Keaton) convinces the direction of CNN to go to Iraq with his crew due to the increasing tension of this country with USA. When Baghdad was bombed and Iraq invaded in 1991, CNN was the unique television broadcasting the events, being worldwide projected as a great news channel. I liked very much 'Live From Baghdad', mainly because the story is very decent and engaging and stays politically neutral, trying not to manipulate the viewer with any political crap, and limiting to show the hard work and difficulties of the CNN team to work in country under the pressure of an eminent war and with a totally different culture. The direction and the performance of the cast are excellent, but Michael Keaton, Helena Bonham Carter and David Suchet (whose name I have not found in the IMDb credits) are superb. The original title of my review was 'A Decent Movie', and for my surprise there is another review with this title. Once there is a very interesting line about the karma of a country with oil fields, which would be a cemetery of forest and dinosaurs, I decided to highlight this uncommon reference. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): 'Ao Vivo de Bagdá' ('Live From Baghdad')


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