An unremarkable ghost-writer has landed a lucrative contract to redact the memoirs of Adam Lang, the former UK Prime Minister. After dominating British politics for years, Lang is campaigning for his foundation with his wife in the USA. He lives on an island, in luxurious, isolated premises complete with a security detail and a secretarial staff. Soon, Adam Lang gets embroiled in a major scandal with international ramifications that reveals how far he was ready to go in order to nurture UK's "special relationship" with the USA. But before this controversy has started, before even he has closed the deal with the publisher, the ghost-writer gets unmistakable signs that the turgid draft he is tasked to put into shape inexplicably constitutes highly sensitive material.Written by
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Ewan McGregor has said that the script never named his character, so in his head, his character name was Gordon McFarquor. The credits simply list him as The Ghost (the character is never named in the original novel). See more »
Though the movie is set in Massachusetts, when the ticket agent at the ferry asks The Ghost for his choice of ticket type, she uses the British words "single" and "return" instead of the United States expressions "one-way" and "round-trip". See more »
You realize I know nothing about politics.
You voted for him, didn't you?
Adam Lang? Of course I did, everyone voted for him. He wasn't a politician, he was a craze.
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The title appears as highlighted words on pages of the scattered manuscript. See more »
US version was cut for language to secure a PG-13 rating (the usage of the words "fuck" and "shit" was severely toned down). See more »
Allegro Assai from Beethoven's Symphony No. 3
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performed by Symphony Nova Scotia
Conducted by Georg Tintner
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Surprisingly good political thriller
Thrillers are supposed to be... well, thrilling. Not always they have the best logic, and many times they end up sacrificing it in order to keep the film thrilling. Many have had relative success with it, but only one is considered the master of the genre: Alfred Hitchcock.
Yet, Roman Polanski is one of the closest to reaching Hitchcock.
On the other hand, the political/investigative thriller has always been a complete bore. I had never seen one create true tension, and the pacing is pretty much always terrible. 'All The President's Men', if not the first at least the most influential of them, is an extremely boring movie that somehow got so successful that inspired other stinkers to follow its formula (ie.: 'Zodiac').
So I was surprised to see 'The Ghost Writer' be one of those, even if its director should be enough indication. Polanski manages to make a controlled thriller that never fails to uphold its logic. There is a genuine suspense, the twists are good, and the characters are very well made and develop nicely through the story.
The cast works very well. Pierce Brosnan plays a somewhat air-headed former prime minister better than he did James Bond (truthfully, that is not saying much), but Ewan McGregor and Olivia Williams (a very underrated actress) are the real stars in here. Also worth noticing is the small role by a very good Eli Wallach.
I hope this brings a change to this boring genre. 'The Ghost Writer' was a very good watch, but that is something one can expect from Polanski.
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