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Mafia (2002)

The movie revolves around the problem of an important principle that has been missing from the minds and hearts of many Egyptian youth nowadays, that is loyalty to the motherland. The movie... See full summary »

Director:

Sharif Arafah (as Sherif Arafa)

Writer:

Midhat al-Adl (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ahmed el-Sakka ... Hussain / Tarek Zidan
Mostafa Shaaban ... Hossam
Mona Zaki ... Mariam
Ahmad Rizq Ahmad Rizq ... Ra'fat
Aboelhassan Abbas ... el-Gazzar (The Butcher) (as Abbas Abo Elhassan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tawfik Abdel Hamid Tawfik Abdel Hamid
Hussein Fahmy ... Himself
Gamal Ismail Gamal Ismail ... Hussain's Father
Saeed Tarabek Saeed Tarabek ... (as Said Tarabeek)
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Storyline

The movie revolves around the problem of an important principle that has been missing from the minds and hearts of many Egyptian youth nowadays, that is loyalty to the motherland. The movie tackles this problem through the personality of Hussain Amin who has left the country and lost all his loyalty to it. His country has become nothing to him except a few letters typed on his passport. Amin who has developed a serious criminal personality, is recruited by his country to stop a big terrorist operation but of course his problems with loyalty stand as obstacles at first. Hussain is finally convinced of the importance of his loyalty to his country and that he should do anything to protect and defend it. The action and violence-filled movie is covered with a love story that grows between Hussain and Mariam and reaches its peak with Hussain stopping the terrorist operation. Written by Ahmed Rahmy

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Genres:

Action | Romance

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Country:

Egypt

Language:

Arabic | Italian

Release Date:

23 July 2002 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Мафия See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,748,744
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Adl Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color
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a milestone in the history of Egyptian action cinema
26 July 2005 | by mnadiSee all my reviews

An excellent very well done movie with a strong and positive indirect message for a change.

Sheriff Arafa is rediscovering his cinematography talents! his choice of characters, technical crew, camera men, stunts and American lenses, steady-cams, motor-controlled cranes and techniques was of world0class quality. Arafa is a very professional, creative and mature director that really knows what he is doing.

Mona Zaki was very convincing obviously after taking lots of self defense training and loosing a hefty amount of extra pounds.

Ahmed El-Sakka could be the new Tom Cruise of the middle east if he wants.

Hussain Fahmy did one of his best roles (although around 2 minutes on screen), because he wasn't acting.. a very natural heavy weight actor, elegant and convincing... I hope he sticks to those more suitable roles from now on... he started a new phase in his acting career.

Post-production, computer imagery and Special effects, and music are all very well done. Omar Khairat FINALLY! didn't repeat himself. In my opinion, a few minor flows, music recording quality and bullets sound effect left a lot to be desired, it was a bit disappointing and if done right I am sure would've added more depth and complimented a lot to the action scenes.

Also Sakka's side-burns and makeup was too fake for me.. I don't know if it was meant to be though!! slow motion was over-done in some scenes.. and I spotted the Boom Mic hanging on top of Mona Zaki in one of the final scenes! :-) but.... again this is a must see Arabic movie.. THE best Arabic action movie by far... a milestone in the history of Egyptian cinema that will also prove that true audience appreciate good quality art. Me and my wife enjoyed every minute.

I am very sorry that I didn't notice the name of the Directory of photography because he really did an excellent job. (and they didn't write his name in the credits after the movie!) I hope to see a movie of that quality about the 6th of October war.


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