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Live from Baghdad (2002)

Unrated | | 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.

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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... Robert Wiener
... Ingrid Formanek
... Mark Biello
... Judy Parker
... Naji Al-Hadithi
... Peter Arnett
... Tom Johnson
... Ed Turner
... Richard Roth
... Tom Murphy
... Bernard Shaw
... Fatima (as Pamela Sinna)
... Eason Jordan
... Nic Robertson
... Inky
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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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Breaking News - Making History See more »

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Drama | War

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7 December 2002 (USA)  »

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En direct de Bagdad  »

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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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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 »

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[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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Referenced in Tricks of the Trade: Making 'Matchstick Men' (2004) See more »

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Where have all the reporters gone?
14 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

Excellent teleplay, exemplary performances. Riveting and thought-provoking. A top-notch production all around.

Beyond what else has been said, LIVE FROM BAGHDAD hails those who, as late as 1991, stood up for the freedom of the press, the battles waged, the compromises made, their failures as well as their successes. Bush the elder had ordered the press out of Baghdad, but failed, as this teleplay depicts. When Bush the younger reentered Iraq, he offered the press corps a leash instead, which most agencies snapped up.

LIVE FROM BAGHDAD, a brilliant bit of reporting done by an extraordinary CNN team, but also a subtle homage to those who help preserve one of the most vital proponents of liberty -- a free press.


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