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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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Cast

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 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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Tragedy is universal See more »

Genres:

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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Details

Official Sites:

West Video [Russia]

Country:

France | USA | Mexico

Release Date:

10 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Вавилон 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, Limited Release

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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Director of photography Rodrigo Prieto encountered a problem while filming a track shot where Richard and the villagers carry the wounded Susan to the top of a steep hill: he tried running backwards to get the shot, but each time he tripped, often falling. However, director Alejandro G. Iñárritu ruled out using a Steadicam and insisted on hand-held camera work. Finally, key grip Joseph Dianda came up with a solution: Prieto filmed the shot while seated in a hotel chair carried by four grips. The resulting footage became known to crew members as "The Joey Chair Shot". See more »

Goofs

(at around 36 mins) Camera shadow on Richard and the blue car as it passes him behind the stopped bus. 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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Charge of the Herd
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A Bit Of Teaching, A Lot Of Preaching, Oodles of Talent
2 March 2007 | by mjstellmanSee all my reviews

I loved "Amores Perros" It was revolutionary in so many ways and smelled like the real thing even if I couldn't quite put my finger as to what the real thing really was. "21 Grams" had gigantic intentions and superb performances but didn't feel quite revolutionary because we had kind of seen it before - and better - in "Amores Perros". Now "Babel" and, my goodness, the first thing that comes to mind is, what an extraordinary filmmaker Inarritu really is. I suspect that his universe, even if it feels infinite, it is framed - beautifully so - between the walls of biblical references. His methods may be way ahead of the times but the roots are as ancestral as fire itself. I'm not sure where I want to go with all this but the question is, Inarritu is taking me places and that's what I long for in a filmmaker. He's not taking any of us for granted and I'm very grateful for that. His movies are experiences and I for one can't wait for the next one.


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