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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 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Breaking News - Making History See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

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Trivia

Dustin Hoffman stated in a 1994 interview with Larry King, that he was set to play Robert Wiener in this movie, directed by Barry Levinson. He also said that Levinson was considering Jeff Goldblum for the part of Peter Arnett. See more »

Goofs

In the scene when Ingrid and Robert are sitting at the bar, the current angle shows Ingrid's fingers by her mouth. In the next shot, they are on her neck. In the next shot, her fingers are back by her mouth. 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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Connections

References High Noon (1952) See more »

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wonderful film, powerful story
7 December 2002 | by JBoze313See all my reviews

HBO has brought us a great film here. Michael Keaton plays CNN producer Bob Weiner in this exciting tale of drama, war, and the role the media plays in current affairs. The film is about the events leading up to, and culminating in the 1991 Gulf War. We see the invasion of Kuwait months before the allied bombing raids, and we end after the first night of bombing...the movie follows the events of this time period, which include that invasion of Kuwait, the holding of American and British hostages in Iraq, CNN's rise on the media scene, becoming a very powerful international news organization thanks to their exclusive reporting from Iraq. Keaton does a very nice job here, which is what you expect from a great actor like himself...Carter, who plays the other CNN producer is very good as well, this being the first movie I have seen her in.

Nice filmmaking here...I'm not sure where it was filmed, but it sure looked like Baghdad to me...and the casting is very well all around- these guys looked so much like shaw, arnett, and to a lesser degree John Holloman- it was almost eerie. You felt like you were right in the room with these guys as they talked to Atlanta over the four wire radio they had access to (which is what helped them report the story from Iraq when no one else could.) There are some really good special effects as well, the anti aircraft fire lighting up the sky was spectacular, and once again- it helped give the feeling that you were right in the thick of things.


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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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