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House of Saddam 

A mini-series that explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his closest advisers.
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2008  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Igal Naor ...  Saddam Hussein 4 episodes, 2008
Shohreh Aghdashloo ...  Sajida Khairallah Talfah 4 episodes, 2008
Makram Khoury ...  Tariq Aziz 4 episodes, 2008
Philip Arditti ...  Uday Hussein 4 episodes, 2008
Mounir Margoum ...  Qusay Hussein 4 episodes, 2008
Agni Scott ...  Raghad Hussein 4 episodes, 2008
Amr Waked ...  Hussein Kamel 3 episodes, 2008
Uri Gavriel ...  Ali Hassan Al Majid 3 episodes, 2008
Christine Stephen-Daly Christine Stephen-Daly ...  Samira Shahbandar / ... 3 episodes, 2008
Saïd Amadis Saïd Amadis ...  Adnan Khairallah / ... 2 episodes, 2008
Amber Rose Revah ...  Hala Hussein 2 episodes, 2008
Shivaani Ghai ...  Rana Hussein 2 episodes, 2008
Daniel Lundh ...  Saddam Kamel 2 episodes, 2008
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A mini-series that explores the inner workings of Saddam Hussein's family and his relationship with his closest advisers.

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Featured in The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (2009) See more »

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Compelling Drama
24 August 2008 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Imagine a a miniseries where you know the ending . Wouldn't that mean there's a lack of suspense ? You know the ending therefore there's little reason to watch . We all know what happened to Saddam Hussain so it says a lot that within a few short minutes of watching this show I was totally intrigued and hooked by it

The production team knows the audience will know the ultimate outcome of this chronicle so concentrate on the dramatic aspects of Saddam's time in power . The first episode concentrates on his ascent to power by liquidating his rivals on trumped up charges of " counter revolutionary activities " and waging a war against his Persian neighbours . The second episode introduces his two sons who were every bit as bad as him if not worst and shows the results of his doomed escapade in Kuwait . The third episode shows his genius of brinkmanship and political machinations while the final episode shows the dictator as a fugitive on the run

Some critics have expressed disappointment in that some aspects are skated over too quickly while others say the ordinary sufferings of the ordinary Iraqi people are ignored . There's some truth to this but again the the producers have quite rightly ignored scope and concentrated on well written drama superbly acted by an unknown cast . I've never heard of Yigal Naor or Philip Arditti but they both give superb performances and I look forward to this series picking up a few awards at the more prestigious award ceremonis


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Language:

Arabic | English

Release Date:

7 December 2008 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Tunisia

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(4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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