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Land of the Blind (2006)

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A soldier recounts his relationship with a famous political prisoner attempting to overthrow their country's authoritarian government.

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Robert Edwards

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Robert Edwards
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Fiennes ... Joe
Donald Sutherland ... Thorne
Tom Hollander ... Maximilian II
Lara Flynn Boyle ... First Lady
Marc Warren ... Pool
Ron Cook ... Doc
Robert Daws ... Jones
Laura Fraser ... Madeleine
Jonathan Hyde ... Smith
Camilla Rutherford ... Tania
Don Warrington ... First Sergeant
Miranda Raison ... Daisy
Nigel Whitmey Nigel Whitmey ... Anchorman
Leigh Zimmerman ... Anchorwoman
Mackenzie Crook ... Editor
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Storyline

A political drama about terrorism, revolution, and the power of memory. In an unnamed place and time, an idealistic soldier named Joe strikes up an illicit friendship with a political prisoner named Thorne, who eventually recruits him into a bloody coup d'etat. But in the post-revolutionary world, what Thorne asks of Joe leads the two men into bitter conflict, spiraling downward into madness until Joe's co-conspirators conclude that they must erase him from history. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content/nudity | See all certifications »
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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2007 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Confesión bajo juramento See more »

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UK See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$18,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,244, 16 June 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,244, 18 June 2006
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The prison in which Thorne is thrown has a special cell, which we only know by number, where prisoners face their worst nightmare. This is a reference to George Orwell's masterpiece "1984", a novel about a man living in a totalitarian world where the rulers have the power to change every record of the past in order to control everything, even memories. See more »

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[first lines]
Anchorwoman: So many fond memories of Maximilian the First on the tenth anniversary of our glorious leader's death.
Anchorman: Many of course doubted that his son and heir, Maximilian II, could live up to the example of his charismatic father. But the man affectionately called Junior has valiantly continued against the pesky rebellion, led by the playwright turned terrorist, John Thorne.
Anchorwoman: Once derided as the playboy Prince more interested in the movie business, the President-for-life announced today that ...
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A quiet sigh about the state of the world
18 July 2006 | by LaertSee all my reviews

An unnamed country is ruled by a horny birdbrained tyrant, while the intellectual revolutionary Thorne, hero of the resistance, is tortured in an inhuman prison. When the enduring riots threaten to get out of control, the government is forced to release Thorne. With the help of Joe, the Winston Smith or Bernhard Marx of the story, Thorne brings down the despotic government and takes over control. However, the hope for freedom and a better world doesn't last long...

In the official program of the Film Festival in Munich, LAND OF THE BLIND was announced as "a satiric political drama about terrorism, revolution, and the power of memory". In fact, the film story is rather conventional. After the outlines of the story become clear, the further development is rather obvious. However, for several reasons the movie is still very much worth seeing.

The first reason is the performance by Ralph Fiennes. He was willing to take part in the non-lucrative project even though he had to wait three years until the money was raised. His presence adds a breath of magic to the movie.

Another reason rare the numerous cinematographic and intermedial allusions (Kubrick, Lucas) that give you the satisfactory "aha" when you recognize some hint.

At last, it is the fable-like setting: neither time nor place are specified, and the hints like typewriters or Asiatic palaces are deliberately controversial. Together with the satiric elements, this aspect makes the film more entertaining and less pretentious.

The film is promoted by "Human Rights Watch", although Robert Edwards' intention was certainly not a clamant "call to arms", but rather a quiet sigh about the state of the world.


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