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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.

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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:

Chatter 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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A visual sequence meant to illustrate cross-cultural suspicion by showing German police and Turkish migrant-workers eying each other darkly at a Munich street corner's outdoor tea café was cut. A short clip of the sequence survives, but as a sort of Islamic "anytown", without the German-language street sign or the Munich police car. It appears as an aside In Scene 2 while Hoffman briefs headquarters staff about "men from the future", Americans, being easy to defeat when terrorists use face-to-face meetings and hand-written notes in place of easily-traceable electronic technology. See more »

Goofs

Before Ferris offers Nizar the orange, the passenger window is half-way up. After Nizar refuses, the window is all the way up, and in the next shot, it is back to being half-way again. See more »

Quotes

[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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Hayran Ani Ib Zamani
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Kingdom of Heaven: 1000 years on...
9 October 2008 | by Till NoeverSee all my reviews

Films involving 'current events'--particularly those relating to anything happening in the Middle East and Terrorism--tend to be soaked in the writers', producers' and director's politics, which usually end up very much in-your-face and spoil the film, because you suddenly lose the story and drown in the preaching and proselytizing.

Ridley Scott, who has already addressed the West-East/Christianity-Islam issue in a previous film, 'Kingdom of Heaven', this time bit the bullet (instead of the sword) and continued KoH's story about 1000 years later. 'Body of Lies' is very much a Ridley Scott movie and this translates into the film's politics as well. Thing is, you can't leave politics out of a political movie; and so what do you do? Well, here's a newsflash for the poli-preachers on all sides: it's possible to have it all, and just watch Ridley Scott do it. Just like KoH, it's all about even-handedness and realizing that (1) every side in a conflict has a point of view, which, to itself, is perfectly valid; and (2) every side has people you'd probably like and some you really wouldn't, (3) the way to peace lies with understanding (1) and (2); and not with having just one point of view, no matter how righteous it may appear. Both, Islamophobes and Islamophiles--or those on the extremes of any aspect of the political spectrum--will probably find ample elements to dislike about this film. Others of a more moderate and even-handed disposition will find much to like and appreciate.

All of this, rather profound, stuff is wrapped up in a gritty Ridley Scott production and direction, that keeps your full attention for its full 2+ hours. Leonardo DiCaprio has really grown up and cast off his annoying persona, which was so prominent in just about all his movies; until 'Blood Diamond' came along. Russell Crowe is basically a secondary character, eclipsed almost completely by DiCaprio and Mark Strong. The latter has come a long way since I first saw him in the BBC production of Jane Austen's 'Emma'. The gentle and understated romance element provided by Golshifteh Farahani as 'Aisha' provided a nice contrast to the testosterone-soaked male world in which this drama plays out.

The movie confirms what I've known for a long time: Ridley Scott apparently can do no wrong.


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