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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

R | | Comedy, War | 6 November 2009 (USA)
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The Men Who Stare at Goats is a movie starring Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, and Kevin Spacey. A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lyn Cassady
... Bob Wilton
... Bill Django
... Larry Hooper
... Brig. Gen. Dean Hopgood
... Todd Nixon
... Mahmud Daash
... Gus Lacey
... Maj. Gen. Holtz
... Scotty Mercer
... Tim Kootz
... Debora Wilton
... Lt. Boone
... Dave (as Todd Latourrette)
... Ron
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Storyline

A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends. Written by Rob Harris

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No goats. No glory.

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Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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6 November 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hombres de mentes  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,706,654, 8 November 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,416,109, 31 January 2010

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,968,688
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The camera does a 360-plus pan when the rookie is having an acid trip, so Jeff Bridges seems to appear out of nowhere. See more »

Goofs

Only a general court-martial can give a dishonorable discharge, and only to enlisted personnel. Commissioned officers receive a dismissal from the service, which carries the same penalties and social stigma associated with a dishonorable discharge. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: [with great concentration] Boone.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir?
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: I'm going into the next office.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir.
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: [breaks into a sprint, slams into the wall, falls over] Damn it.
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Crazy Credits

Although this film is inspired by John Ronson's Book The Men Who Stare At Goats, it is a fiction, and while the characters Lynn Cassady and Bill Django are based on actual persons, Sergeant Glenn Wheaton and Colonel Jim Channon, all other characters are invented or are composites and are not portrayals of actual persons. The filmmakers ask that no one attempt walking through walls, cloudbursting while driving, or staring for hours at goats with the intent of harming them... invisibility is fine. See more »

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Itsy Bitsy Spider
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Arranged by Barbie McDonald
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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loved it!
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I hate to slam anyone who didn't like and enjoy this movie. They chose four of the very best actors who fit together like a glove. I found it to be exceptional acting. Although many of you might only watch a movie once and then give up I don't know how many times I have seen it. Each time I decide to turn it on, as I have it recorded in two rooms, I laugh from beginning to end. And, I wouldn't be surprised if some day we find out that parts of this are very true. I just heard last week that the government is looking into paranormal tactics. What a surprise. Could very well be that it's just another one of our country's secrets. I'm just sorry I didn't know it was being shot in New Mexico as I am not too far from Roswell. I would have loved to have been there. I have searched and searched for the bloopers but cannot find them. There is no way the four head actors could have possibly made this movie without falling apart. Oh well.....those of you who didn't really get into it.....sorry....it is so well done and so very funny!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sue


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