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Babel (2006)

R | | Drama | 10 November 2006 (USA)
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Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu (as Alejandro González Iñárritu)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 42 wins & 136 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Richard
Cate Blanchett ... Susan
Mohamed Akhzam Mohamed Akhzam ... Anwar
Peter Wight ... Tom
Harriet Walter ... Lilly
Trevor Martin Trevor Martin ... Douglas
Matyelok Gibbs Matyelok Gibbs ... Elyse
Georges Bousquet Georges Bousquet ... Robert
Claudine Acs Claudine Acs ... Jane
André Oumansky ... Walter
Michael Maloney ... James
Dermot Crowley ... Barth
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Tourist
Henry Maratray Henry Maratray ... Tourist
Linda Broughton Linda Broughton ... Tourist
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Storyline

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really ... Written by Mac

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A global disaster. See more »

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Almost all of the film, even the driving scenes, was shot using a hand-held camera. See more »

Goofs

When the boys with the rifle are on top of the hill, looking down at the approaching bus, it is coming from the left. When they shot at the bus, it should have it on the roof or on its left side. However, inside the bus, it is later seen that Cate Blanchett has been shot, she is against a window on the left side of the bus. The bullet hole is in the window on the left side of the bus, rather than on the right from where it was shot. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hassan: It's almost new. Three hundred cartridges. The guy who gave it to me said you can hit as far as three kilometers.
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.1 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Iguazu
Gustavo Santaolalla
Courtesy of Nonesuch Records
Published by Universal-Musica Unica Publ. on behalf of Vasudeva Music BMI
By Arrangement with Warner Group Film & TV Licensing
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interesting, complex tale
5 September 2006 | by pb104-1See all my reviews

The film opens in the Moroccan desert: an elderly tribesman trades a high-powered rifle to a goat herder for 500 diram & a goat. He hands the rifle to his two young sons and tells them to kill jackals with it, to protect the herd. As practice, the start shooting at rocks, a car passing on the hill below, and finally a bus. That's the only thing they manage to hit, putting a bullet through the shoulder of a tourist. In the middle of nowhere, there's no medical help, and no one wants to wait with the injured person except her husband. That's the setup of this complex, challenging film. It splits into four related stories, one in Japan, two in Morocco, and the last in California, where a housekeeper has to get to her son's wedding in Mexico, but has no one to watch the two children in her care. She decides to take them along, and of course things go sour. A good cast, great acting, fine cinematography, and expert direction make this film well worth watching. It's not for everyone, but for people who are ready to see deliberately paced low-key thriller, this is one good film. The split story line is reminiscent of "Syriana," but in no way copies it.


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Country:

France | USA | Mexico | Morocco | Japan

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babel See more »

Filming Locations:

Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$389,351, 29 October 2006

Gross USA:

$34,302,837

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,330,182
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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