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The Kingdom (2007)

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A team of U.S. government agents are sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.

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Peter Berg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Ronald Fleury
Chris Cooper ... Grant Sykes
Jennifer Garner ... Janet Mayes
Jason Bateman ... Adam Leavitt
Ashraf Barhom ... Colonel Faris Al Ghazi
Ali Suliman ... Sergeant Haytham
Jeremy Piven ... Damon Schmidt
Richard Jenkins ... Robert Grace
Tim McGraw ... Aaron Jackson
Kyle Chandler ... Francis Manner
Frances Fisher ... Elaine Flowers
Danny Huston ... Gideon Young
Kelly AuCoin ... Ellis Leach
Anna Deavere Smith ... Maricella Canavesio
Minka Kelly ... Miss Ross
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Storyline

After a terrorist attack on an American housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where families and FBI Agent Francis Manner are murdered, FBI agent Ronald Fleury blackmails the Saudi Arabian consul to get five days of investigation in the location. He travels with agent Grant Sykes, Janet Mayes and Adam Leavitt to avenge their friend and try to find those responsible for the bombing. The agents find all sorts of difficulties in their investigation, but they are supported by Colonel Faris Al Ghazi that advises the team how to act in a hostile environment. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trust No One See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense sequences of graphic brutal violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Germany

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

28 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El reino See more »

Filming Locations:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,135,055, 30 September 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$47,536,778, 31 December 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,658,558, 29 December 2012
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The production team had originally wanted to shoot the film on location in Saudi Arabia, but political and logistical issues made this far too difficult. Instead, Tom Duffield and the production design team re-constructed exterior urban scenes for the chase and shootout on an empty lot near Mesa, Arizona, using photographs from the internet and some that director Peter Berg had taken on a visit to the country prior to filming. Some additional on location photography was shot in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This includes the Prince's palace and larger exteriors with skyscrapers, major city streets and highways. See more »

Goofs

During the first FBI briefing that occurs immediately after the attack, Grant's character states the bomb looks like a plane dropped a 500 pounder. However a 500 pounder is specifically used to engage small targets such as cars or trucks and would never leave a massive effect as observed in the movie. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator #1: After capturing most of the Arabian Peninsula with the help of the Wahhabi Islamic warriors, Ibn Saud establishes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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Written by Danny Elfman
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has the makings of something memorable but takes the easy way out
29 October 2007 | by Special-K88See all my reviews

When a devastating terrorist attack occurs in Saudi Arabia resulting in the death of an American federal agent and several civilians, the FBI is reluctant to conduct their own investigation from fear of severing international relations with an uncooperative Saudi government. Foxx is the head of the bureau's Rapid Action team; accompanied by fellow agents Cooper (an explosives expert), and Garner (a forensic specialist), he leads an 'unofficial' expedition to the site to try and seek out the guilty party. Political thriller has a realistic setup and three capable leads, but unfortunately the film rambles, and reduces itself to a revenge flick on its way to an action-packed climax that feels desperately contrived. The story is interesting but never convincing, especially the ending which is hollow and sentimental. **


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