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Body of Lies (2008)

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A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), David Ignatius (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Roger Ferris
Russell Crowe ... Ed Hoffman
Mark Strong ... Hani
Golshifteh Farahani ... Aisha
Oscar Isaac ... Bassam
Ali Suliman ... Omar Sadiki
Alon Aboutboul ... Al-Saleem
Vince Colosimo ... Skip
Simon McBurney ... Garland
Mehdi Nebbou ... Nizar
Michael Gaston ... Holiday
Kais Nashif ... Mustafa Karami
Jameel Khoury ... Marwan
Lubna Azabal ... Aisha's Sister Cala
Ghali Benlafkih Ghali Benlafkih ... Aisha's Nephew Rowley
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Storyline

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trust no one. See more »

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Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penetration See more »

Filming Locations:

Amman, Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,884,416, 12 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,394,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,097,286
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Russell Crowe, Oscar Isaac, Mark Strong, and Simon McBurney all starred in Ridley Scott's next film, Robin Hood (2010). See more »

Goofs

When Ferris is in the safe house in the first part of the movie, his partner takes something out of the car, and the hand of the cameraman is clearly visible in a reflection on the side door of the car. See more »

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[first lines]
Title Card: I and the public know what all schoolchildren learn, those to whom evil is done, do evil in return. - W.H. Auden
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.133 (2009) See more »

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H-K Kima Dima
Written by Otmane Benhami, Adil Benchakroune, Hatim Bensalha, Azzedine Bouhout and DJ Khalid
Performed by H-Kayne
Courtesy of Platinum Music Records
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Chilling espionage drama
16 January 2016 | by jb_campoSee all my reviews

Body of Lies is a scary film because you are never certain what is going to happen next. Dicaprio excels as Ferris, middle-east-based CIA agent who actually likes being in the middle east. He and his counterpart, Crowe (as Hoffman), who is based stateside, are both seasoned espionage agents tracking a middle eastern bomber blowing up places in Europe. Deals and side deals, observers in crowds, cars following you, people talking quietly in groups. All this ratchets up the drama about who knows what, and who is being grabbed next. When you throw in a potential love interest for Dicaprio, that raises the tension and mystery yet more.

By far the surprise star is Mark Strong as Hani, the suave, debonair head of Jordanian security who has a symbiotic relationship with the CIA. They need each other, but who is using whom? Ferris tries to play both sides of the street by not lying to Hani, while working with Hoffman who would lie to anyone to get what he wants. Hani is terrific. When he steps in a room you don't know if he's going to sweet talk you, or rip your fingernails out.

Body of Lies has terrific acting throughout by the entire cast. The story is quite realistic. The cinematography is realistic, and the editing and directing keeps this espionage action drama moving along.

There are several violent scenes that might not be for the squeamish, so be warned. Otherwise, this film was terrific. Reminded me a lot of the Redford/Pitt film Spy Game. You will enjoy Body of Lies.


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