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Green Zone (2010)

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Discovering covert and faulty intelligence causes a U.S. Army officer to go rogue as he hunts for Weapons of Mass Destruction in an unstable region.

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Paul Greengrass
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Igal Naor ... Al Rawi
Said Faraj ... Seyyed Hamza
Faycal Attougui ... Al Rawi Bodyguard (as Faical Attougui)
Aymen Hamdouchi ... Ayad Hamza
Matt Damon ... Miller
Nicoye Banks ... Perry
Jerry Della Salla ... Wilkins
Sean Huze ... Conway
Michael J. Dwyer Michael J. Dwyer ... Met-D (as Michael Dwyer)
Edouard H.R. Gluck Edouard H.R. Gluck ... Met-D
Brian Siefkes Brian Siefkes ... Met-D
Adam Wendling Adam Wendling ... Met-D
Abdul Henderson Abdul Henderson ... Met-D
Paul Karsko Paul Karsko ... Met-D
Robert Miller Robert Miller ... Met-D
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Storyline

Following the American invasion of Iraq in 2003 Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller and his men are charged with finding the so-called weapons of mass destruction, whose existence justified American involvement, according to the Pentagon and their man in Baghdad, Poundstone. Veteran CIA operative Marty tells Miller that there are no weapons, it is a deception to allow the Americans to take over the country and install a puppet leader. Also suspicious of Poundstone is Wall Street Journal reporter Lawrie Dayne, who lets slip to Miller that Poundstone told her he had secret talks in Jordan with an important Iraqi, code-named Magellan, who told him about the weapons, though it now seems likely Magellan's true information was to the contrary. So begins a hunt for the truth. Who's playing whom? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller is done following orders

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

12 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperial Life in the Emerald City See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,309,295, 5 March 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,053,660

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,882,549
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The iconic "Crossed Sword" gates of Baghdad were actually rented cranes, which were overlaid with CGI in post production. See more »

Goofs

When Miller's team arrives at the bus station, Perry is wearing a baseball cap with an American flag on it. The flag is reversed (with the stars on the right side) like the flag patch worn on the right shoulder; hats should have the flag pointing the usual way (with the stars on the left side). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Al Rawi Bodyguard: [air raid sirens] Leave that! Space is limited!
Al Rawi Bodyguard: [explosions beginning] Hurry up! Hurry! We must leave now!
Al Rawi Bodyguard: [chaos in the hallways] Downstairs everyone!
Al Rawi Bodyguard: General...
General Al Rawi: [no response]
Al Rawi Bodyguard: General Al Rawi, sir. We must leave now.
Al Rawi Bodyguard: Ayad, get in the car. I'm right behind you.
[leaving the building]
Al Rawi Bodyguard: Seyyed, send the men to the safe houses.
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Connections

Featured in Live from Studio Five: Episode #1.133 (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Dada Hassan
Written by Anwar Abdul Wahab
Performed by Anwar Abdul Wahab
Iraqi Folklore
Courtesy of Al-Iraqia TV under licence from Iraq Al-Rafden for Film Production
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Green Light For Green Zone
3 February 2010 | by briandconnorSee all my reviews

Green Zone is the latest Iraq War inspired motion picture. I wasn't expecting much and ended up being pleasantly surprised. It's a fast paced and riveting ride from the get-go. The war being fought in the film is more between the Pentagon and the CIA than the US v Iraq which makes it all the more interesting and the film allows you to see things from Iraq's perspective for a change. The premise set up in the film regarding the 'Intelligence' regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction used to justify the invasion is entirely believable. Matt Damon is well suited to his part as a unit leader Roy Miller, as is Brendan Gleeson as the CIA man and Greg Kinnear is refreshingly nasty as Poundstone from the Pentagon - all turn in good performances. Shot on location in Morocco, Spain and in England I could have sworn we were in Bagdad the whole time - settings are very convincing. Yes, there is too much hand- held camera movement that quickly brought on discomfort followed by a headache but that is my only negative and as the film doesn't outstay its welcome I'm willing to concede the shakiness probably lends an 'embedded' realism. Is any of the plot or characters based on real events or people? I have no idea other than learning the film is based on the 2006 non-fiction book 'Imperial Life in the Emerald City' by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a journalist for The Washington Post. I haven't read the book so I can't comment on how closely the film follows it. I spent a few moments of the film wondering about the story's authenticity but as a piece of cinema entertainment in its own right Green Zone gets the green light from me.


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