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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.

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

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

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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Crazy Credits

More of this is true than you would believe. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Don't Pick Up the Phone: The Making of the Caller (2011) See more »

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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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Cinema Of The Absurd
22 January 2018 | by G G GwallesSee all my reviews

Smart and funny, absurd and a bit self-conscious but as soon as I had time to think, I thought. The cast is fun but reeks of pre-sales needs. The names in the cast propels you to expectation that are going to let you down no matter how you put it. George Clooney is great fun but try, just try to imagine a great actor you never heard of in that part. I couldn't separate the character from the actor not for a second. So I saw Clooney being funny and that does something to the film that keeps its real intentions at arms length because the star-actor gets in the way. I have a feeling however that time will be kind to this film. Audiences will be able to see it again in years to come with more objectivity and appreciate it much more.


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