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Four Lions (2010)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 May 2010 (UK)
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Four incompetent British terrorists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.

Director:

Christopher Morris (as Chris Morris)

Writers:

Christopher Morris (as Chris Morris), Sam Bain | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Riz Ahmed ... Omar
Arsher Ali ... Hassan
Nigel Lindsay ... Barry
Kayvan Novak ... Waj
Adeel Akhtar ... Faisal
Julia Davis ... Alice
Craig Parkinson ... Matt
Preeya Kalidas ... Sofia
Wasim Zakir Wasim Zakir ... Ahmed
Mohamad Akil Mohamad Akil ... Mahmood (as Mohammad Aqil)
Karl Seth Karl Seth ... Uncle Imran
Waleed Elgadi ... Khalid (as Willliam El-Gardi)
Alex Macqueen ... Malcolm Storge MP (as Alex MacQueen)
Shameem Ahmad Shameem Ahmad ... Chairwoman
Jonathan Maitland Jonathan Maitland ... Newsreader (as Jonny Maitland)
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Storyline

Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, including some sexual references | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | Urdu | Arabic

Release Date:

7 May 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Quatro Leões See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£608,608 (United Kingdom), 9 May 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,512, 7 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$304,137, 18 February 2011
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Film4,Warp Films,Wild Bunch See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Following Omar's bomb speech in his living room, you can hear Waj shout "fuck mini babybels". According to an interview with Kayvan Novak, this was completely improvised. See more »

Goofs

The terrorist instructor has a belt of ammunition over his shoulder. These are fake as they have no primers. See more »

Quotes

Hassan: I'm a martyr, you're all squashed tomatoes.
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Crazy Credits

The London Marathon had no involvement in the making of this film and its portrayal is entirely a work of fiction See more »

Connections

Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: Los Tres Mosqueteros (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Strings Of Life (Acid Brass)
(End titles music)
Performed by Williams Fairey Brass Band
Published by EMI Trade Marketing
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Expected laughs < Actual laughs
3 September 2010 | by bladouSee all my reviews

I'm no easy viewer and too often do I find myself being bored while watching a movie, or just barely interested.

I wasn't expecting much from this one and after a quick reading of the synopsis, I just thought "say whaat ?". As a reminder you might check again the IMDb summary and try to picture it seriously, you would expect some "sofa talking action" - as a friend would describe movies that have more dialogs than action scenes.

Long story short : that is, without any doubts, the most stupidly funny movie I've seen this year and if you haven't seen it already ... just go (Ok to be honest, I would also put Revenge of the Fallen even if its last year, the level of stupidity is clearly enough for a couple of years).

Whatever you are looking in a movie this one will deliver, it is filled with dumb-touching characters despite their "mission" as terrorists. The acting is not only great as a comedy but just strait out great, any one in the movie have something special and memorable.

Hell, you could even try to get a social commentary out of it but that'd be a long stretch, it's meant to be a comedy with a soul not just the usual "a few scenes funny and forget me next week" kind of movie.

I was really pleased to find this gem completely by chance and hope you will too as this is how comedy films are meant to be.


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