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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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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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Trivia

The market location where the trip to Pakistan was shot, is actually a city in India called Hyderabad. The license plates of the vehicles give this out. See more »

Goofs

When Barry is driving the group to the airport in his Citroen Xantia, he pulls over in a huff and swallows the key to stop them going. However, the key he produces and swallows is a Ford key, not a Citroen key. Additionally, the car is fitted as standard with a keypad immobiliser, requiring a security number to start - so Omar's attempt to hotwire the car would not have succeeded in real life. See more »

Quotes

Hassan: [Raps] I'm the Mujahideen and I'm making a scene / Now you's gonna feel what the boom-boom means / It's like Tupac said, "When I die, I'm not dead"/ We are the martyrs, you're just smashed tomatoes / Allahu Akbar!
[Audience screams as Hassan detonate his suicide belt releasing party streams]
Barry: [Silent from audience] Mashallah, brother
[Murmurs from the audience]
Hassan: [Looking at the audiences] Oh, what, man? Come on. What? Just cos I'm Muslim, you thought it was real?
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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

References First Blood (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Nasheed
From the album 'Songs of Arabic Struggle'
Licensed courtesy of Halaqah Media
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More than a meow
11 May 2010 | by rooeeSee all my reviews

With The Day Today and its more acerbic follow-up Brasseye, supreme satirist Chris Morris made a mockery of the madness of the popular media by saying what he saw. It was funny because it could have been true. With Four Lions, Morris's focus is no longer on the manipulator, but rather the manipulated. Yet by presenting this jihad suicide squad as a group of bumbling misfits, chugging along the road to apotheosis in a car fitted with dodgy "Jewish spark plugs", it's still about the madness – here, the madness of a cracked ideology believed in mostly because it's made up as it goes along.

This is not really a film about Islam, or even religious fundamentalism, but identity. Omar (an excellent Riz Ahmed) speaks fluently about the "Church of McDonald's" and Western imperialism, and yet he's at the centre of a comfortable, suburban, upper working class family unit. Hassan (Arsher Ali) is an awkward, gangly virgin with a bone to pick with his Media Studies teacher. Barry (Nigel Lindsay, who some might remember playing a terrorist of a different creed in HBO's Rome) is white.

For all their misadventures, there's a genuine tenderness and loyalty between these "soldiers". This is a side of Morris we've rarely seen before – an emotional spine that raises the film far above what could have resembled a series of sketches or, worse, a reel of better outtakes. Perhaps this is the film's greatest success: bringing its director out of the satirical shadows and into the comedy spotlight, and proving there's a heart to go with that clever head.


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