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The Double (2011)

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A retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to unravel the mystery of a senator's murder, with all signs pointing to a Soviet assassin.


Michael Brandt
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Paul Shepherdson
Topher Grace ... Ben Geary
Martin Sheen ... Highland
Tamer Hassan ... Bozlovski
Stephen Moyer ... Brutus
Chris Marquette ... Oliver
Odette Annable ... Natalie (as Odette Yustman)
Stana Katic ... Amber
Yuri Sardarov ... Leo (as Yuriy Sardarov)
Ivan Fedorov Ivan Fedorov ... The Scrounger
Ed Kelly ... Senator Darden
Jeffrey Pierce ... Agent Weaver
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Agent Burton (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Mike Kraft Mike Kraft ... Bell
Andy Manning Andy Manning ... EMT (as Andrew 'Sir' Manning)


Story kicks off with the mysterious murder of a senator bearing the marks of a Soviet assassin, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative, who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemesis, is teamed with a young FBI agent. Written by Variety

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Keep your enemies close

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

28 October 2011 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

MisiĆ³n secreta See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office


$13,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The newspaper Oliver is trying to read is, according to Ben, De Volkskrant, which is an existing Dutch morning newspaper. However, the name written at the top of the page is "Volkskrante Trouw". "Volkskrante" is not a proper Dutch word, and "Trouw" is actually a different newspaper, owned by the same publisher. See more »


When Geary's wife says "welcome to our humble commode", she is making a joke. This is an intentional error. See more »


[first lines]
Bozlovski: [whispering in Spanish] Better you forget them. You didn't see anything.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Moneyball (2011) See more »


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A quite entertaining film
17 May 2012 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

I went to see The Double with neutral expectations, but it ended up being a pleasant surprise, because of a solid screenplay in the purest tradition of B cinema, two competent performances and good direction.

The veteran who returns for one last job; the rookie who has to get trained in the "battlefield"; the expert murderer with a pending case...it's obvious that The Double was prepared with the same ingredients of an uncountable number of thrillers; but the astute screenplay incorporates some unexpected twists which kept me in suspense till the end. There's one big twist during the first half hour of The Double, and for a moment, I was worried about the fact that co-screenwriters Michael Brandt (who was also the director) and Derek Haas had ruined the film; but it fortunately happened the opposite, because the early revelation of a certain detail changes the dynamic between the main characters, and puts their motivations in doubt until the end itself, when we have new surprises which perfectly tie the loose ends, and we realize that everything was precisely planned from the beginning.

Richard Gere and Topher Grace bring credible and enthusiastic performances in the leading roles. On the opposite, Martin Sheen seems to have participated only in order to charge a paycheck. Another negative element is that some details in the "Cassius" investigation feel a bit forced. Nevertheless, I can recommend The Double as an exciting and very entertaining film with various positive elements.

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