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The Situation (2006)

R | | Drama, War | 18 October 2006 (USA)
The story of an American journalist, a CIA operative, and an Iraqi photographer against the backdrop of the bloody war in Iraq.

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Philip Haas

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Connie Nielsen ... Anna Molyneux
Damian Lewis ... Dan Murphy
Mido Hamada ... Zaid
Driss Roukhe Driss Roukhe ... Walid (as Driss Roukh)
Nasser Memarzia ... Rafeeq
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ... Mayor Tahsin
Omar Berdouni ... Bashar
Chérine Amar Chérine Amar ... Noor
Shaun Evans ... Wesley
Tom McCarthy ... Major Hanks
Mahmoudi M'Barek Mahmoudi M'Barek ... Colonel Jobouri
John Slattery ... Colonel Carrick
Peter Eyre ... US Ambassador
Fatiha Watili Fatiha Watili ... Samira
Hamid Basket Hamid Basket ... Selim
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Storyline

Americans in Iraq, insurgency rising, truth illusive. U.S. soldiers in Samarra throw boys off a bridge; one drowns. An American reporter and her Iraqi photographer pursue the story. Samarra's mayor aids the U.S. and fears the rising power of an ex-Republican Guard. The mayor uses a Baathist ex-diplomat to sell out his rival. The diplomat wants a post abroad, so he trades "intel" for safe passage. The reporter's lover, a CIA man in Baghdad, pushes for progress on public works in Sumarra; he promotes cooperation with Rafeeq, an intellectual whom other Americans call an insurgent. Rafeeq is in danger. All roads lead to the village of Al Tawr. War at its most opaque: Iraqis call it "the situation." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

18 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Situação See more »

Filming Locations:

Morocco

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,187, 4 February 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$48,195, 27 May 2007
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Kiss My Ass!
Written by Fuzzbee Morse
Performed by Fuzzbee Morse & Gary Anthony Williams
Courtesy of Giant Mogul
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Surviving the bad situation
24 June 2008 | by sergepesicSee all my reviews

It doesn't really matter which side of the political spectrum you come from, this movie will get you thinking. The horror of daily existence in Iraq, the violence and insecurity, the hatred and hopelessness. The good people trying to survive the bad situation, and the bad people who thrive in this hell on earth. And, of course, obvious to every thinking person, the lack of any viable solution for these, for centuries victimized people. This is a brave little independent movie with beautifully etched characters, and powerful massage. You can not bring democracy by force. Force brings only more force and more blood. Avoiding these facts might be politically prudent, but it is morally abhorrent.


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