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A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.

Director:

Anton Corbijn

Writers:

Andrew Bovell (screenplay), John le Carré (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grigoriy Dobrygin ... Issa Karpov (as Grigory Dobrygin)
Philip Seymour Hoffman ... Günther Bachmann
Homayoun Ershadi ... Abdullah
Mehdi Dehbi ... Jamal
Neil Malik Abdullah Neil Malik Abdullah ... Abdullah's Bodyguard (as Neil Melik Abdullah)
Nina Hoss ... Irna Frey
Daniel Brühl ... Maximilian
Vicky Krieps ... Niki
Kostja Ullmann ... Rasheed
Franz Hartwig Franz Hartwig ... Karl
Martin Wuttke ... The Admiral
Vedat Erincin Vedat Erincin ... Storekeeper
Rainer Bock ... Dieter Mohr
Derya Alabora Derya Alabora ... Leyla Oktay
Tamer Yigit Tamer Yigit ... Melik Oktay
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Storyline

When a half-Chechen, half-Russian, brutally tortured immigrant turns up in Hamburg's Islamic community, laying claim to his father's ill gotten fortune, both German and US security agencies take a close interest: as the clock ticks down and the stakes rise, the race is on to establish this most wanted man's true identity - oppressed victim or destruction-bent extremist? Based on John le Carré's novel, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary, cerebral tale of intrigue, love, rivalry, and politics that prickles with tension right through to its last heart-stopping scene. Written by Roadside Attractions

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From Master Spy novelist John le Carré Best Selling Author of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | Germany

Language:

English | Turkish

Release Date:

1 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hombre más buscado See more »

Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,717,000, 27 July 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$17,237,244, 7 November 2014

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,554,855, 13 November 2014
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Company Credits

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Lionsgate,Film4,Demarest Films See more »
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Dolby | Datasat | Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A nine-minute mini-documentary of John le Carré talking about this movie's source novel at the Southbank Centre was released on 22 July 2008. The short was made by Simon Channing Williams who had produced the film adaptation of John le Carré's The Constant Gardener (2005). See more »

Goofs

During the first meeting between Annabel Richter and Thomas Brue, Richter hands Brue a hand-written an account number on a piece of paper that was torn from her (Daytimer's) personal organizer. The sound editor overdubbed the sound of a perforated piece of paper being removed from a pad. When the note is seen by the audience, it is a piece of paper that had been bound by a hole punch and would have made a different sound when torn from its source. See more »

Quotes

Günther Bachmann: You're looking at me, at us, but we don't exist, not legally, not officially, because German intelligence needs a job to be done that German law won't let it do, so me and my people, we stay small. We stay on the streets. We make the weather. Our sources don't come to us. We find them. We become their friends, their brothers, their fathers, their lovers if we have to. When they're ours, and only then, we direct them at bigger targets. It takes a minnow to catch a barracuda, a barracuda to catch...
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Referenced in The Making of 'A Most Wanted Man' (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Hoist That Rag
Written by Kathleen Brennan and Tom Waits
Performed by Tom Waits
© Published by Jalma Music, With Kind Permission of Wintrup Musikverlag/Detmold
Original version on the album: 'Real Gone' © 2004
(P) With Kind Permission of Anti, Inc. / Epitaph Europe BV.
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Spy Work: Gritty, Dirty and Glamor-Free
10 August 2014 | by marsanobillSee all my reviews

The plot hardly matters here; it's only a vehicle for exploring the dirty side of intelligence work and is complicated as a Swiss watch. Maybe the NSA revelations have you thinking twice about spywork? The fact that we caught spying on our own allies, the Germans, adds a special relevance to this tale. But the real appeal here is a)LeCarre's dark, dark, dark worldview and b) Hoffman's superb acting. He just tosses this role off, and is utterly convincing. After you see this you should see the film that perfectly bookends it: LeCarre's early '60s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold. Just as gritty and dirty and with Richard Burton as Alec Leamus. Like Gunther Bachmann,Leamus was a worn-out, beat-up, used-up operative, and audiences of the time, entranced by the frivolities of James Bond, were rather shocked by the dose of reality he represented.


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