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The Citizen (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 September 2013 (USA)
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An Arab immigrant wins the American green card lottery, arriving in New York City on September 10, 2001.

Director:

Sam Kadi

Writers:

Jazmen Darnell Brown (as Jazmen Brown), Sam Kadi (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Khaled Nabawy ... Ibrahim
Agnes Bruckner ... Diane
Rizwan Manji ... Mo
William Atherton ... Winston
Cary Elwes ... Miller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay R. Adams ... Hotel Bouncer (as Jay Adams)
Rachael Adams Rachael Adams ... Bar fight witness
Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad ... Rajiv
Ele Bardha ... Agent Bardha
Kerry Birmingham Kerry Birmingham ... Nancy Ketchum
Jon Bradford Jon Bradford ... Car Retail Manager
Angela N. Brown Angela N. Brown ... Temp Agency Applicant
Peter Carey ... INS Interrogator
Ariel M. Carlson ... Woman #1
Carl Harry Carlson ... Judge Hawthorne
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Storyline

Yearning to leave behind his life of misfortune in the Middle East, Ibrahim Jarrah wins the U.S Green Card Lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. Ibrahim lands in New York City the day before 9/11... and the events of the September terrorist attacks forever shape the struggles he faces on his journey to capture the American dream. Inspired by true events, filmmaker Sam Kadi's feature debut is a gripping tale of courage, love, and perseverance, the qualities of a true CITIZEN. Written by monterey media inc.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Горожанин See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,655, 27 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$24,296, 3 November 2013
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Company Credits

Production Co:

3K Pictures,Why Me Film See more »
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Bailiff: All rise.
Judge Hawthorne: Please be seated. Mr. Winston, you may cross-examine the witness.
Winston: Good morning. Prior to your arrival in 2001, had you made any other visits to this country?
Ibrahim: No.
Winston: Did your duties as an auto mechanic in any way necessitate relocation to the United States?
Ibrahim: Sorry, would you please repeat the question.
Winston: What brought you to this country? Why are you here?
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So cliché'...
15 September 2014 | by buigerSee all my reviews

Just your run-of-the-mill, feel-good, do-good Hollywood presentation where everybody is such an incredibly good Samaritan and the only bad guys are the psychopaths running the US government (only when a Republican is President though, otherwise they all become good Samaritans too, get Nobel prizes, etc.)

Such simplistic movies distorting the truth are bad enough when they are made by Americans who can be seen as entitled to criticize their own government, however blatantly wrong they may be, but it leaves a sour taste in the mouth coming from a Syrian director...

P.S. The European intelligentsia will love this movie! I am surprised it didn't win the Golden Palm in Cannes...


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