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The Ghost Writer (2010)

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A ghost writer, hired to complete the memoirs of a former British Prime Minister, uncovers secrets that put his own life in jeopardy.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... The Ghost
... Rick Ricardelli
Tim Preece ... Roy
... John Maddox (as James Belushi)
... Sidney Kroll
Anna Botting ... SKY TV Newsreader
Yvonne Tomlinson ... Stewardess
... Taxi Driver
... Protection Officer #1
... Barry
... Amelia Bly
Kate Copeland ... Alice
Soogi Kang ... Dep
Lee Hong Thay ... Duc
... Ruth Lang
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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 has retired with his wife to 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 Eduardo Casais <casaise@acm.org>

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Read between the lies.


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Rated PG-13 for language, brief nudity/sexuality, some violence and a drug reference | See all certifications »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£853,679 (United Kingdom), 18 April 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$183,009, 21 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$15,541,549, 17 June 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,741,549, 6 May 2011
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Nicolas Cage was cast as The Ghost, but he dropped out after the film was postponed. See more »

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Ruth's accent changes randomly between very English posh and slightly Estuary (lower-class). This could be a clue that she has had to 'improve' her accent as she has ascended Lang's ladder and finds it difficult, as English people do, to keep up the pretence, especially at times of emotional stress. See more »

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[first lines]
The Ghost: You realize I know nothing about politics.
Rick Ricardelli: You voted for him, didn't you?
The Ghost: Adam Lang? Of course I did, everyone voted for him. He wasn't a politician, he was a craze.
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The credits are written as black-on-white with a typewriter font, like the manuscript shown throughout the movie. See more »

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Performed by David Majzlin
Courtesy of Toy Hanner Music (ASCAP)
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Well-crafted thriller, but some loose ends in the plot
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No doubt Roman Polansky knows how to build a gripping movie, with craft and wit, in this case a political thriller, where references to Blair and Bush are no so much explicit, but subtle enough to be perceived somehow. Reviews underlined a style resembling Hitchcock: indeed, the story proceeds, creating suspense, thrill, without appealing to excessive action or shock, although never reaching Hitchcock's subtlety of insight and mystery, both in characters and situations. Mostly, the plot proves some loose ends as the craftily prepared intrigue seems to come to a hasty ending, leading to a finale which does not appear up to the great potential and high expectations of its previous development.

Convincing and well-focused performances by the whole cast, especially by Ewan McGregor who keeps a high-level performance, never abusing his intriguing role, but thoroughly contained, Pierce Brosnan proves good in his part, although his past stereotyped roles make it difficult to see him credible as a former prime minister, Olivia Williams as his wife Ruth delivers a smart and talented performance. Quite interesting are some minor characters, such as the members of the service, or the old man living on the island, who enhance, despite or probably thanks to their more silent presence, the mysterious atmosphere of the story.


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