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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

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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.

Director:

Grant Heslov

Writers:

Jon Ronson (inspired by the book), Peter Straughan (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Lyn Cassady
Ewan McGregor ... Bob Wilton
Jeff Bridges ... Bill Django
Kevin Spacey ... Larry Hooper
Stephen Lang ... Brig. Gen. Dean Hopgood
Robert Patrick ... Todd Nixon
Waleed Zuaiter ... Mahmud Daash
Stephen Root ... Gus Lacey
Glenn Morshower ... Maj. Gen. Holtz
Nick Offerman ... Scotty Mercer
Tim Griffin ... Tim Kootz
Rebecca Mader ... Debora Wilton
Jacob Browne ... Lt. Boone
Todd Lawson LaTourrette ... Dave (as Todd Latourrette)
Brad Grunberg ... 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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Taglines:

No goats. No glory.

Genres:

Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hombres de mentes See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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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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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jeff Bridges' character Bill Django is based on Army Lt. Col. James Channon, who wrote the First Earth Battalion field manual. In the mid-'70s Channon took a leave of absence (with pay) from the army to go on a fact-finding tour of the New Age Movement, before coming back and writing the First Earth Battalion manual. The movie combines two or three separate programs: the Army's Remote Viewing program (run by the army's Intelligence and Security Command), the "Jedi" program run by the Special Forces, and Channon's First Earth Battalion (which was a concept and a field manual rather than an operational unit). See more »

Goofs

During the gun fight at the gas station, the black security van is shot in the windshield. The bullet holes disappear in subsequent shots. 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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More of this is true than you would believe. See more »

Connections

Referenced in De slimste mens ter wereld: Episode #7.5 (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Everybody Wants You
Written by Billy Squier
Performed by Billy Squier
Courtesy of Capitol Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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We need the Jedi more than ever...
27 January 2010 | by reprisecompilationSee all my reviews

I have just finished watching "The Men Who Stare at Goats", and honestly, it is a real gem! Very funny, but not outrageous like silly, lame, typical Hollywood movies.

It stands right next to M.A.S.H.,and so.

Interestingly, it is a serious comedy, sometimes I felt watching a Kevin Smith movie, sometimes Coens' movie, however, it is far different, and better than them.

George Clooney is one of the most versatile actor in these years. If you have not been convinced up until now, just watch this film.

Kevin Spacey, and Jeff Bridges acts and support very well, but the great surprise is Ewan McGregor, who seemed to be lost in last years. Still, he starts with a quite annoying character, but he turns to be the height of the film.

Without mentioning anything about the story, it is really a sarcastic, strong, and very-close-to-the-truth viewpoint about humans, USA, and the army...

Directing is OK, cameras too, the music is proper for the story.

This is a real ACTOR movie, and worth to watch it. And/or buy it later...

Really credible, especially in the grotesque scenes, and although it has a narrative style, splitting the film, it is quite enjoyable.

And I was so grateful (and still I am) to bring back the JEDI, showing they are EXISTING, they are AMONG US, and yes, Ewan McGregor can be a JEDI again, without George Lucas...

Just watch it, and feel the POWER!


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