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The East (2013)

PG-13 | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller | 28 June 2013 (UK)
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An operative for an elite private intelligence firm finds her priorities changing dramatically after she is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations.

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Zal Batmanglij
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brit Marling ... Sarah
Alexander Skarsgård ... Benji
Ellen Page ... Izzy
Toby Kebbell ... Doc
Shiloh Fernandez ... Luca
Aldis Hodge ... Thumbs
Danielle Macdonald ... Tess
Hillary Baack ... Eve
Patricia Clarkson ... Sharon
Jason Ritter ... Tim
Julia Ormond ... Paige Williams
Billy Magnussen ... Porty McCabe
Wilbur Fitzgerald ... Robert McCabe (as Wilbur T. Fitzgerald)
John Neisler ... Rory Huston
Jamey Sheridan ... Richard Cannon
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A successful operative for an elite private intelligence firm is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Written by Anonymous

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Spy on us, we'll spy on you.


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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, violence, some disturbing images, sexual content and partial nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | USA

Release Date:

28 June 2013 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$77,031, 2 June 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,268,296, 4 August 2013
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The East was originally intended to be a sequel to A Civil Action, with John Travolta reprising his role as a now broke and emasciated Jan Schlichtmann. However, scheduling conflicts prevented the appearance when Travolta signed on to shoot Killing Season with Robert De Niro. The script was modified, and Ellen Page eventually signed on for the role. See more »

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As Doc explains his history in the car, a large white rectangular movie light is reflected in his glasses. See more »

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Izzy: It's easy when it's not your home; easy when it's not your life. The place where you sleep, your kids, your wife. But when it's your fault it shouldn't be so easy to sleep at night. Especially when we know where you live. Barry Redmond, CEO of Lorex Oil, 2641 River Rock Road, East Hampton. You dumped fifteen million barrels of crude into the Atlantic. We don't care how rich you are. We want all those who are guilty to experience the terror of their crimes, because it shouldn't be ...
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Divertimento No. 1
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Arranged by Sydney Dale
Courtesy of Opus 1 Music
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moral complexity
23 September 2013 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

The idea of eco-terrorism is one of the most controversial due to risk that it equates activism with al-Qaeda's activities. Zal Batmanglij's movie "The East" looks at this issue, with Brit Marling playing an agent for a private intelligence firm infiltrating an environmental group that forces CEOs of polluting companies to experience the pollution.

People can debate forever whether the group's actions constitute terrorism, and even if their actions are justified whether what they do is the right way to deal with it. The fact remains that the pollution is real and will outlast us all. This is a movie that I recommend to everyone.


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