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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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SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

According to Guy Pearce, who plays FBI agent Roy Clayton, the conflict depicted and denounced in the film is due to lack of communication between the different branches of the American government post-9/11, particularly the CIA and the FBI, with each agency trying to supplant the other. See more »

Goofs

In a briefing the fact is mentioned some of the terrorists were contacted by payphone in (among others) Amsterdam, the Netherlands. In the Netherlands hardly any payphones are left and as opposed to payphones in the US or the UK, Dutch payphones cannot be called directly, since their number is not displayed or issued anywhere. See more »

Quotes

Samir Horn: Oh I'm a terrorist ?
Roy Clayton: I don't know you tell me , you've been selling them explosives.
Samir Horn: Oh I sell to who can afford to buy it... like the US Government.
Max Archer: Only ours don't kill innocent people
Samir Horn: Oh yeah they do genius, people just usually have darker skin
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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.72 (2009) 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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Very Involving Thinking-Person's Story & Great Acting
31 December 2008 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was an excellent movie, a very intriguing and topical story involving terrorism with the basic message that there are good and bad people everywhere, of all races, religions, sects, whatever. The question in this film, for at least half of the movie, is: "Is Samir (Don Cheadle) a good guy or a bad guy?"

I don't want to say too much in fear of spoiling anything because that could easily be done while discussing this film. Suffice to say that this will keep your interest for the full running time and is a thinking person's movie more than most.

Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Neal McDonough, Said Taghmaoui and Alyy Kahn are all fantastic in the lead roles. The direction and photography also is top-notch. Those who pick apart this movie are nit-picking because it's a very entertaining film while not overdoing the action or the stereotypical characters.

One thing that's odd about this film: it has very strong statements which will please both liberals and conservatives, both devoutly religious folks and atheists. It pretty much covers the field.


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