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Afghan Luke (2011)

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An experienced journalist risks returning to Afghanistan in pursuit of a sensational story.

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Mike Clattenburg

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Patrick Graham (screen story), Douglas Bell (screen story) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Stahl ... Luke Benning
Nicolas Wright ... Tom Holiday
Stephen Lobo ... Mateen
Steve Cochrane Steve Cochrane ... Sgt. Rick Cahoon
Pascale Hutton ... Elita
Vik Sahay ... Imran Sahar
Ali Liebert ... Miss Freedom
Parm Soor ... Ustad Mir
Lewis Black ... Lewis Black
Yuriy Sobeshchakov Yuriy Sobeshchakov ... Russian Pilot
Emmanuel Shirinian Emmanuel Shirinian ... Assad
Pablo Silveira Pablo Silveira ... Hamid
Torrance Coombs ... Davey
Ron Lea ... Mark
Timothy Webber ... Dr. Hinkley
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Storyline

Disheartened when his story about Canadian snipers possibly mutilating corpses in Afghanistan is buried, Luke (Nick Stahl) quits his job but is even more determined to return to Afghanistan to get the real story. With his offbeat buddy, Tom (Nicolas Wright), tagging along, Luke returns to Afghanistan and intends to gather enough evidence to get his old story into print. But he soon finds that the country is an even more dangerous place than when he left. To make matters worse, his old friend and fixer, Mateen (Stephen Lobo) has been hired away by Luke's journalistic nemesis, Imran Sahar (Vik Sahay). Soon the trip for Luke and Tom in Afghanistan turns into a surreal and perilous adventure, a journey into an alternate reality, filtered through a haze of gun smoke. Written by Barrie Dunn

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Everything is true but the facts

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Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some violence and drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 2011 (China) See more »

Also Known As:

Afghan Luke and the Burgundy of Hash See more »

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Budget:

CAD 5,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Afghan Luke Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Another movie in the recent list of embedded reporter movies. This is worth watching but Bang Bang Club was better. I say B-
20 April 2012 | by cosmo_tigerSee all my reviews

"It's a war, my job is to report what I see." When journalist Luke Benning (Stahl) is on a job in Afghanistan he catches a Canadian sniper cutting the fingers off of his taliban kills. When his paper refuses to print the story he quits and returns to the country to investigate further but soon finds that the fighting and tension has become much worse then when he left. There have been a recent influx of "embedded reporter" movies lately but they have all to this point been entertaining. While this was also a good movie and kept me interested it is basically another version of movies like "5 Days To War" or the "Bang Bang Club" (both of which I thought were better). Stahl does a good job and the movie is tense and thought provoking but like so many movies lately it seems to just copy everything else that is being released. I did like this one but "Bang Bang Club" was a better version. Overall, a movie worth watching but a new idea was needed to make it stand out. I give it a B-.


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