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A Most Wanted Man (2014)

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A Most Wanted Man is a movie starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, and Daniel Brühl. A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Issa Karpov (as Grigory Dobrygin)
... Günther Bachmann
... Abdullah
... Jamal
Neil Malik Abdullah ... Abdullah's Bodyguard (as Neil Melik Abdullah)
... Irna Frey
... Maximilian
... Niki
... Rasheed
Franz Hartwig ... Karl
... The Admiral
Vedat Erincin ... Storekeeper
... Dieter Mohr
Derya Alabora ... Leyla Oktay
Tamer Yigit ... Melik Oktay


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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Inspired by true events, adapted from the novel by master spy novelist John le Carré (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Constant Gardner) See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

1 August 2014 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre más buscado  »

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Box Office


$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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


For many of the cast and crew, including director Anton Corbijn and Philip Seymour Hoffman, A Most Wanted Man (2014) was their introduction to John le Carré's novels. Hoffman observed: "This is a human and humane story about governments and spy organisations which is usually told in a flashier, romantic style. There's nothing romantic about this. The book is in there for which I'm glad, as the book is amazing." See more »


The expression Insha Allah (If God's Will) is a term use in an occasion which is yet or about to happen, much in contrary of how Issa expressed for the news of bombing. See more »


Günther Bachmann: Go where? Go where?
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Referenced in SPYMASTER: John le Carré in Hamburg (2014) See more »


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Written by Phil Phillips (as Philip Baptiste) and George Khoury
Performed by Phil Phillips and The Twilights
© Published by Fort Knox Music Inc. / Trio Music Co. Inc., USA
Sub-Verlag: Peermusic (Germany) GmbH, Hamburg
With Kind Permission of Peermusic (Germany) GmbH, Hamburg
(P) 1959 The Island Def Jam Music Group - With Kind Permission of Universal Music International - a Division of Universal Music GmbH
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A Definite Must-See
31 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

There's not very many movies I've seen in the past year that measure up as well as A Most Wanted Man. Granted, I've seen a lot of fun or interesting films that I definitely enjoyed, but this one really hits the mark in a way that others didn't. It transcends being entertaining and becomes its own sort of enigma. But I don't want to give the impression that it's hard to understand, because it certainly isn't. The plot is easy to follow (once you get used to the German accents), and each character has their own tendencies that you pick up on quickly, but I never quite knew what was about to happen. I was kept on my toes, or on the edge of my seat rather, and I appreciated how unpredictable it was.

Set in Hamburg, Germany, it centers around a secret group of anti-terrorism operatives lead by Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman). After coming across a brutally tortured Chechen immigrant who turns up in the local Islamic community, and is laying claim to his father's corrupt fortune, they attempt to establish his true identity and motives. And with the US taking close interest as well, it becomes a slow-burn thriller that unfolds with a huge amount of style and elegance.

It's the kind-of movie you'd want to curl up by the fireplace and watch on a cold December night. Hoffman (who is never not smoking a cigarette in this) delivers one of the best performances in his career, rivaling his role in Capote. And the direction by Anton Corbijn is outstanding, giving it a sharp and neat feel that carries throughout. The more I think about it, the more I like it. It's a definite must-see.

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