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The War Within (2005)

A Pakistani involved in a planned attack in New York City experiences a crisis of conscience.

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Joseph Castelo
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ayad Akhtar ... Hassan
Firdous Bamji ... Sayeed Choudhury
Nandana Sen ... Duri Choudhury
Sarita Choudhury ... Farida S. Choudhury
Charles Daniel Sandoval ... Khalid
Varun Sriram Varun Sriram ... Ali S. Choudhury
Anjeli Chapman Anjeli Chapman ... Rasheeda S. Choudhury
John Ventimiglia ... Gabe
Michael McGlone ... Mike O'Reilly (as Mike McGlone)
Aasif Mandvi ... Abdul
Ajay Naidu ... Naved
Kamal Marayati ... Imam
Wayman Ezell Wayman Ezell ... Izzy
James Rana ... Saudi Man
Christopher Castelo Christopher Castelo ... Steven
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Sayeed Choudhury was born Pakistan but has immigrated to the U.S.A., where he now lives in New York with his wife, Farida; a school-going daughter, Rasheeda; a school-going son, Ali; and unmarried sister, Duri. One morning Farida hears a knock on the door, Ali opens it and there is Sayeed's childhood friend, Hassan, who is welcomed with open arms by the family. Hassan informs them that he is going to be hired soon in the States and he is invited to spend a few days with the Choudhury family. Duri, who has a Caucasian boyfriend, Mike, is also thrilled to meet Hassan and openly shows her attraction to him. Ali also takes an instant liking to Hassan, and is taught the true values of Islam, and when one Muslim hurts, then the pain is felt by Muslims worldwide. Sayeed is quite content with the American way of life and feels secure and comfortable especially when he sees Germans, Jews, Muslims, Catholics, and non-believers living in harmony and doing business with each other. Sayeed will ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Rated R for violent images, some language and nudity | See all certifications »
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scary and riveting
3 October 2005 | by giganticnySee all my reviews

THE WAR WITHIN is one of the most original and daring films ever made about terrorism because it does not present its suicide bomber protagonist as a religious fanatic. Instead, the anti-hero of the film is an intelligent, thoughtful man who has come to this place in life not out of a simplistic emotional reaction or as a religious zealot, but as a protest and as an almost rational response to mistreatment. The film is riveting and hard to watch (often at the same time) and would make a terrific "class trip" for high school and college educators, or for anyone who appreciates smart movies with no easy answers.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

30 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Over the Mountains See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,540, 2 October 2005

Gross USA:

$74,655

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$74,655
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