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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.

Director:

Stephen Gaghan

Writers:

Stephen Gaghan, Robert Baer (book)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 13 wins & 29 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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Everything is connected

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Michelle Monaghan originally had a substantial role in the film, playing Miss USA who becomes involved with a rich Arab oilman. But her entire sub-plot was cut when the film seemed too long and complicated for review audiences. See more »

Goofs

Benett is invited for a ride in a limo with tinted windows. Later on, the windows are clear. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Arash: Bobby, where have you been?
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Crazy Credits

(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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Church Scene
(uncredited)
from The Outsiders (1983)
Written by Carmine Coppola
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Puzzling
17 December 2005 | by jannagalSee all my reviews

Do you like puzzles? I do. I work crosswords, encryptions and sudoku. I think that's one reason I liked Syriana. But this movie left me puzzled.

Do you like movies with convincing acting, and character development. I do. I think that's another reason I liked Syriana. But who all of the characters were, and what characters were not revealed in the movie left me puzzled.

Do you like movies with mysteries, and with a credible backdrop of events relevant to today's world? I do. That's another good reason to like Syriana.

I think you get the idea. Syriana is a very good movie, but with so many characters and inter-related plots that it is difficult to assemble all of the pieces. You definitely get the main idea though: oil is all-important, and whomever controls oil gets very rich and powerful.

George Clooney, Matt Damon, Christopher Carter, et al., are a terrific ensemble cast that portray their characters very convincingly. Their stories are told separately and coalesce at the end of the movie, much like in "Traffic" and many other contemporary movies. Who are the "good guys" in this movie one may ask. That's difficult to discern. Maybe there aren't any (and maybe there aren't any bad guys either; or, maybe they're all bad guys.) If you decide to attend this movie, pay attention right from the beginning of the movie. And, if you like mysteries and puzzles, try to solve the question of who has the ultimate power among the characters in this movie. As for me, I think I'll have to see the movie again.


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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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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