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A Mighty Heart (2007)

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Mariane Pearl embarks on a frantic search to locate her journalist husband, Daniel, when he goes missing in Pakistan.

Writers:

John Orloff (screenplay), Mariane Pearl (book)
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Futterman ... Danny
Angelina Jolie ... Mariane
Archie Panjabi ... Asra
Mohammed Afzal Mohammed Afzal ... Shabbir
Mushtaq Khan ... Danny's Taxi Driver (as Mushtaq Ahmed)
Daud Khan Daud Khan ... Masud the Fixer
Telal Saeed Telal Saeed ... Kaleem Yusuf
Arif Khan Arif Khan ... Mariane's Taxi Driver
Tipu Taheer Tipu Taheer ... Human Rights Director
Amit Dhawan Amit Dhawan ... Technical Supervisor
Saira Nasir Khan Saira Nasir Khan ... Nasrin
Aliya Khan Aliya Khan ... Kashva
Sarah Mone Sarah Mone ... Female Guest
Bushra Parwani Bushra Parwani ... Female Guest
Zafar Karachiwala Zafar Karachiwala ... Male Guest
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Storyline

On January 23, 2002, Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is to fly from Karachi to Dubai with his pregnant wife, Mariane, also a reporter. On the day before, with great care, he has arranged an interview in a café with an Islamic fundamentalist cleric. When Danny doesn't return, Mariane initiates a search. Pakistani police, American embassy personnel, and the FBI examine witnesses, phone records, e-mails, and hard drives. Who has him? Where is he? There's also the why: because of U.S. abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo, because of a history of Journal cooperation with the CIA, because Pearl is a Jew? Through it all, Mariane is clearheaded, direct, and determined. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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One woman dared to keep hope alive See more »


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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | French | Urdu | Arabic

Release Date:

22 June 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo corazón See more »

Filming Locations:

Austin, Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$16,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,948,863, 24 June 2007, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$9,176,787, 23 August 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,686,371, 4 November 2007
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Aniston was originally scheduled to play Mariane Pearl. See more »

Goofs

There are a number of computers and gadgets shown, which were not introduced in early 2002, i.e. HP LaseJet 1320 Printer at Asra's place, HP Color Laserjet shown at the consulate, Acer Notebook used in investigation, and the Nokia 1100 cellphone used by Captain. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mariane Pearl: [narrating] The day after 9-11, Danny and I flew to Pakistan. He was the South Asia Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, and I was working for French Public Radio. Thousands of journalist from all over the world arrived in Islamabad to cover the war in neighboring Afghanistan. On the 7th October, bombing began.
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Connections

Referenced in Locked Up Abroad: India: Hostage to Terror (2008) See more »

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Under-appreciated.
30 June 2007 | by neverblue7See all my reviews

First off, I must say something about Angelina Jolie: she gave an admirable and heartfelt performance in this wonderful film and does NOT in any way deserve all the terrible things people have accused her and the filmmakers of doing, namely being racist and engaging in "blackfacing." Mariane Pearl requested Jolie to portray her, and that is that. This is a heartbreaking film that does not make us pity Mariane Pearl but allows us to admire her for her strength and courage. Although the film brought tears to my eyes, it is not one of those sob stories with the intention of being a tear-jerker. It is not overly brutal either, showing the trauma of the event as experienced by Mariane Pearl without putting the full-blown horror of it on the audience unnecessarily. Great supporting performances also from Archie Panjabi and Irfan Khan.


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