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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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(inspired by the book), (screenplay)
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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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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 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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Just before Lyn Cassady hits the rock with the car, Bob Wilton is not wearing his seat belt right. When the impact occurs and the camera pans to Bob, a seat belt holds him in place. 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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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »

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Hippy Hippy Shake
Written by Chan Romero
Performed by The Swinging Blue Jeans
Courtesy of EMI Records Ltd.
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We need the Jedi more than ever...
27 January 2010 | by See 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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