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Traitor (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama | 27 August 2008 (USA)
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When straight arrow FBI agent Roy Clayton heads up the investigation into a dangerous international conspiracy, all clues seem to lead back to former U.S. Special Operations officer, Samir Horn.

Director:

Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Writers:

Jeffrey Nachmanoff (screenplay), Steve Martin (story) | 1 more credit »
5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Cheadle ... Samir Horn
Guy Pearce ... Roy Clayton
Saïd Taghmaoui ... Omar
Neal McDonough ... Max Archer
Alyy Khan ... Fareed
Archie Panjabi ... Chandra Dawkin
Raad Rawi ... Nathir
Hassam Ghancy ... Bashir
Mozhan Marnò ... Leyla (as Mozhan Marno)
Adeel Akhtar ... Hamzi
Jeff Daniels ... Carter
Lorena Gale ... Dierdre Horn
Scali Delpeyrat ... Inspector Gilles
Mehdi Ortelsberg Mehdi Ortelsberg ... Ali (as Medhi Ortelsberg)
Abdelkader Aizzoune Abdelkader Aizzoune ... Ahmed
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Storyline

Samir Horn is a former soldier, a devout Muslim, and U.S. citizen in the Middle East selling bomb detonators to Islamic radicals. He joins their cause as both the FBI and a rogue CIA agent track him. Horn escapes a Yemeni prison, goes underground in France where he proves his abilities, and is sent to the United States to choreograph a simultaneous and multiple terror attack. Will the intelligence agencies talk to each other, and can Horn be stopped? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The truth is complicated. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense violent sequences, thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

27 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Traidor See more »

Filming Locations:

Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,006,327, 31 August 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,530,831, 25 November 2008
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew McConaughey was considered for the part of FBI Agent Roy Clayton. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the movie, Samir is praying on the left side of his father. He should be praying on the right. See more »

Quotes

Samir Horn: You know that the Qu'ran says that if you kill an innocent person it's as if you've killed all mankind?
Roy Clayton: It also says that if you save a life its like you've saved all mankind... You're a hero Samir.
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Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Episode #5.38 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Ayadjidjè
Written by Mark Kilian (ASCAP)
Lyrics by Marcel Adjibi (BMI)
Performed by Marcel Adjibi and Mark Kilian
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Once upon a time, it was the Americans who were terrorists to the British.
21 April 2009 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Who is Samir Horn (Don Cheadle)? The FBI wants to know that too, especially after a visit from Agents Clayton (Guy Pearce) and Archer (Neal McDonough). Is he an opportunist selling weapons to the highest bidder? Or, is he something more? Maybe he is a plant by some US agency. We really don't know.

While Homeland Security is tracking down a bomb threat in the US, Horn is involved with Muslim extremist overseas. The interesting thing about this is that we visit the motivations behind the extremists in reaction to the American presence in the Middle East, and the racial profiling and religious prejudice in the US.

Cheadle is perfect for this role. he presents as a truly converted and religious man who only wants to serve Allah. Is it all an act? The tension is ratcheted up as the massive and ambitious operation in the US is set in motion. Will he make it happen or stop it? Will they catch him in time? Saïd Taghmaoui as Omar was also excellent, as was Pearce. The tension never lets up as the mission comes to the end.

A great thriller that gives us insight into both sides.


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