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

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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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Danny Boyle was considered to direct. See more »

Goofs

In the scene in which Latif's convoy of 3 black Mercedes arrive at a checkpoint (59:00min), bullet holes in the windscreen of the last car in the convey can be seen though its rear window, and can be seen again as the car leaves the checkpoint (59:15min). These holes are not apparent in other shots and it is only later in this scene that the cars come under attack, causing the windscreens to be shot out. See more »

Quotes

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

Featured in ITV News at Ten: Episode dated 29 August 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Jesus for the Jugular
Written by Finn Andrews
Performed by The Veils
Licensed Courtesy of Rough Trade Records Limited.
By Arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
Published by Bug Music
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Dominic Cooper's Performance
26 July 2011 | by luckyfaySee all my reviews

I saw this movie not realizing that both leads were being played by one amazing actor!!! Dominic Cooper was exactly that: amazing. And deserving of an Oscar nomination when the time comes for handing them out. My film club was fortunate enough to have an interview with DC via Skype and found him to be as charming as he is talented.

Some seem to find fault with this film because it reminds them of Scarface. I don't get that at all. Perhaps they mean that at times it is operatic, over the top, but it is, after all, a biopic about a crazy man, and to me anyway, the parts of the film that deal with the double offset the high drama perfectly. Highly recommended!


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Details

Country:

Belgium | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 2011 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

The Devil's Double 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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