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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 and The Constant Gardner 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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Lionsgate,Film4,Demarest Films See more »
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Dolby | Datasat | Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The film's source book "A Most Wanted Man" is the twenty-first novel of author John le Carré. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Martha Sullivan: Please work with us on this one, Gunther.
Günther Bachmann: I don't trust you.
Martha Sullivan: Old habits die hard.
Günther Bachmann: That's what I'm worried about.
Martha Sullivan: I was talking about yours.
Günther Bachmann: Have a nice day.
Martha Sullivan: [Icily] You too.
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Referenced in The Making of 'A Most Wanted Man' (2015) See more »

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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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John le Carré wrote it; Philip Seymour Hoffman performed it
16 August 2014 | by Red-125See all my reviews

A Most Wanted Man (2014) was directed by Anton Corbijn. It's based on a novel by John le Carré. The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman. Basically, that's all you need to know about this movie.

Philip Seymour Hoffman is Günther Bachmann, a self-described spy. (Actually a counter-intelligence agent.) He's involved with a Chechen immigrant who has been tortured. There's money going from Hamburg to terrorists, but no one knows how this money gets there. Somehow the Chechen is involved. On and on it goes, with the German police opposing Günther, the CIA opposing Günther, and everyone betraying everyone else.

Günther is burned out and, essentially, has no life other than being a spy. As far as we can see, he never takes time off, he is interested in nothing other than work, and he has no friends and no colleagues he can trust. Hoffman portrays this part perfectly. No one could have done it as well.

A Most Wanted Man is pure Carré, and pure Hoffman, and that's why you should see it. If you're not impressed with Carré, or not impressed with Hoffman, there's no point going to the film.

We saw the movie on the large screen at the wonderful Dryden Theatre in Rochester, NY. However, it will work just as well on the small screen. No scuba shots, no mountain skiing shots--this isn't James Bond. If you know what to expect--gritty shots of Hamburg, Germany--you won't be disappointed, and the movie will work for you.


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