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Cheshmane John Malkovich 1: Viggo Mortensen (2004)

This movie is based on the Trilogy Novel called "Cheshmane John Malkovich" (John Malkovich's Eyes). It has 3 episodes namely "Kamin" (Ambush), "Sayeha Bidarand" (The Shadows are Awake) and "Cheshmane John Malkovich" (John Malkovich's Eyes.


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Credited cast:
Viggo Mortensen ... Himself (archive footage)
Parastoo Mohajer Parastoo Mohajer ... Ningal Bardin
Mahdis Azizpour Mahdis Azizpour ... Tissa Bertas
Nadia Keyvani Nadia Keyvani ... Rabouta Bardin / Haras
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amin Ashayeri Amin Ashayeri ... Meret
Matin Azizpour Matin Azizpour ... Sam
Pave Deymard Pave Deymard ... Arash
Arya Emamian Arya Emamian ... Soheil
Mohammad Reza Farnoudi Mohammad Reza Farnoudi ... Abraham
Danial Hariri Danial Hariri ... Damoon
John Malkovich ... Himself (archive footage)
Ardeshir Modara Ardeshir Modara ... Uncle Cyrus
Panti Panti ... Panti (Cat)
Penny Penny ... Penny the Cat
Vladimir Putin ... Himself (archive footage)


Story begins with a 14-year-old girl called Ningaal Bardin and her best friend Tissa Bertas who are both huge fans of a Hollywood actor named, Viggo Mortensen. Life is normal for both of the teenagers until Nin Bardin catches a "No more blood..." T-shirt, Viggo Mortensen throws out to the crowds at National Peace March before reading his poem, "Back to Babylon". That's when the incredible story begins... Written by Anonymous

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English | Persian

Release Date:

16 May 2005 (Iran) See more »

Also Known As:

John Malkovich's Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

Caspian Sea, Iran See more »


Box Office


IRR 4,500,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fars Film,P&P Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


The director took the lead child actor and his family to Dubai(the child actor's favorite city) for a while before shooting begins to get to know each other better and establish a closer relationship with her child actor. See more »


Ningal Bardin: Any disappointment Baretto suffers will please me.
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I prefer the books
15 November 2004 | by TehranTehranSee all my reviews

When I first read the story I fell in love with it immediately but the film was not what I expected.

This story requires some very complicated special effects, that's the very thing this movie is lacking and that is the only flaw in the movie.

The actors and the set are fabulous and the lines are great, just like in the book.

I have one advice for people who like the story, don't watch this movie, it will ruin the story for you and your feelings towards some special characters. Cast and crew were definitely doing their best but this story needs very powerful special effects and this film did not have even one! But I am sure those who haven't read the stories will like the movie.

The music was very nice though.

I would love to see a flawless re-make of this movie because it deserves it. The sooner, the better...

Reza Ashkan Far Tehran

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