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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

R | | Comedy, War | 6 November 2009 (USA)
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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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Trivia

The advertising poster is a spoof of a frequently used style for movie posters. Instead of trying to communicate anything about the plot or content of the film, it just contains multiple stacked faces of the stars. On this poster the last face visible in the row is a goat's, and the billing line above their photos reads, "George Clooney, Jeff Bridges, Ewan McGregor, Kevin Spacey, and Goat." It's also a reference to the iconic drawing posters from the Soviet communist era, showing profiles of Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels and V.I. Lenin (in some eras or world regions, often completed by profiles of Joseph Stalin or Zedong Mao). See more »

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Bob Wilton raises his arms to surrender as Todd Nixon and his militiamen capture the soldiers. His t-shirt rises up, exposing his navel and midriff. As they escape from the ambush two scenes later, wearing the same clothes, the t-shirt reaches past his waistline. 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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Features Today (1952) See more »

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I See You
Written by Maddie Madsen and Mark Gasbarro
Performed by Mark Gasbarro, Marin Schneider, Chloe Silver, Luke Miller and Taylor Grace Miller
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From Psych to Psic (Sick?)
8 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Does no one understand this film? It's not linear. Well, has any human life path been linear? Are we given a picture at birth, or are we given a piece of a puzzle? The piece gives us suggestions, it gives us alternatives. We now have some idea as to where we are going. Nothing definitive. We are all now remote viewers. One piece leads to another piece, and another set of possibilities. Gradually Bob Wilton finds his purpose.

More importantly, however, the film captures perfectly the sense of loss, the sense of descending darkness, as we move from the flower power 60's to the present, from a belief in the mind as a wonder to a brain that is to be controlled. Larry Hooper, perfectly played by Kevin Spacey, is a talent-less egomaniac that becomes the black hole that sucks up all the light. All the performances are superb, it's just the audiences that have become witless.


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