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The Devil's Double (2011)

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A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.

Director:

Lee Tamahori

Writers:

Michael Thomas, Latif Yahia (books) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dominic Cooper ... Uday Hussein / Latif Yahia
Ludivine Sagnier ... Sarrab
Raad Rawi ... Munem
Philip Quast ... Saddam Hussein / Faoaz
Mimoun Oaïssa Mimoun Oaïssa ... Ali (as Mimoun Oaissa)
Khalid Laith ... Yassem Al-Helou
Dar Salim ... Azzam
Nasser Memarzia ... Latif's Father
Mem Ferda ... Kamel Hannah
Pano Masti ... Said
Akin Gazi ... Saad
Stewart Scudamore ... Father of School Girl
Amrita Acharia ... School Girl (as Amrita Acaria)
Elektra Anastasi ... School Girl 2
Amber Rose Revah ... Bride
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Baghdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought - but for a price. This is Uday Hussein's world and with his depraved lust for debauchery and immorality, he helps himself to whatever turns him on. When army lieutenant Latif Yahia is summoned to Saddam's palace, he is faced with an impossible request - to be Uday's 'fiday' - his body double, or have his family condemned to death. In a world entrenched in betrayal and corruption, knowing who to trust becomes a matter of life or death for Latif, as he battles to escape from his forced existence. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong brutal bloody violence and torture, sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

A very long list of sources have challenged Yahia's claims, including a former palace guard, one of the Hussein family's surgeons, a CIA officer, and at least two of Uday's confidantes. One of the latter claimed Yahia was nothing more than a lookalike who used his resemblance to pick up women. See more »

Goofs

In the club, Latif's tie knot is tight, then loose, then tight again, before Sarrab loosens it. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Azzam: [to Latif] Hey.
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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 10 August 2011 (2011) See more »

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Ensani
Written by Aimad Hassan
Copyright Control
Performed by Rachel Fabri
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A bit messy, but still compelling enough with a strong central performance
1 October 2012 | by davideo-2See all my reviews

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

As the Gulf War heats up in the early 1990s, soldier and former school friend of Uday Hussein (Dominic Cooper) Latif Yahia (also Cooper) finds himself summoned by the maniacal dictator's son himself to act as his double, so he can appear to be fighting the Kuwaitis with the army while secretly continuing to live his debauched, lawless lifestyle. But when he is pushed too far, Latif rebels, with deadly consequences.

With a colourful but ill judged promotional poster that sets the wrong tone for the type of film it is, The Devil's Double was a little seen film from last year, that daringly cast a light on the honour and integrity of Uday Hussein, who some years on from his death in the Iraq war and even with his reputation as a merciless psychopath common knowledge, could still have some loyal followers that might want to make life hell for the film makers. It's probably the first film of it's kind to do so, and is naturally interesting subject matter and relevant material to make a film from.

In duel roles as the oppressor and the oppressed, Cooper shines more so as Hussein himself, really bringing to life a lawless, uncaring, cartoonishly crazy psychopath who demands the whole world play a song to his tune. By every account you can think of, this is probably true and, in as unbelievable a way as possible, this film shines light on him. But that's not to say he has no gravitas as tortured soldier Yahia, a man desperately trying to maintain his quiet integrity while in the clutches of an insane madman.

The only other work of Lee Tamahori's that springs to mind is 1997's The Edge, starring Anthony Hopkins and Alec Baldwin, and he's peeked up again after a few years with this little seen flick. It's a stylish, flashy, high energy, slightly messy and uneven film, but still absorbingly done enough to warrant merit. ***


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Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Đavolji dvojnik See more »

Filming Locations:

Grand Hotel Excelsior, Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$96,414, 31 July 2011

Gross USA:

$1,361,512

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,728,213
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Corsan, Staccato Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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