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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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UK | France | Spain | USA

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English | Arabic

Release Date:

12 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Imperial Life in the Emerald City See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the soldiers in Matt Damon's WMD unit were actual Iraq War and Afghanistan War veterans, not actors. Damon said his biggest challenge was knowing he was an actor who was giving orders to actual soldiers. See more »

Goofs

Miller wears Casio G-Shock watch model number AWG-591MS-1A wristwatch (Which was later authenticated by Universal and won as a prize in a competition). This watch was first released in 2007 and clearly could not have existed in 2003-2004. 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 Late Show with David Letterman: Episode #17.100 (2010) See more »

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Ya Salam
Written by Nizar Francis, Samir Sfeir
Performed by Nancy Ajram
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd
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Exciting action but some tough questions too
19 March 2010 | by rogerdarlingtonSee all my reviews

British director Paul Grengrass + American actor Matt Damon = "The Bourne Supremacy", "The Bourne Ultimatum" and now "Green Zone", so we know what to expect here - and we're not disappointed. From the opening seconds, we're into the action with the trademark Greengrass 'in the action' frenetic camera-work and sharp editing. Although the film is said to be inspired by the non-fiction book "Imperial Life In The Emerald City" by Rajiv Chandrasekaran, a journalist for The Washington Post, the conspiratorial storyline is the invention of Greengrass who developed the original script.

If the tension isn't as excruciating at that other Iraq movie "The Hurt Locker", at least "Green Zone" has a narrative and poses some questions, hard questions that many American viewers would probably were rather not aired: what was the source of the 'intelligence' that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction? why was the source so readily believed when the evidence was so thin? could the bloody insurgency which followed the relatively easy initial occupation have been avoided if the Americans had been willing to work with elements of the Iraqi army?

See the movie and think about the issues. As a central Iraqi character puts it: "It's not up to you to determine what happens in this country."


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