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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.

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Anton Corbijn

Writers:

Andrew Bovell (screenplay), John le Carré (novel) | 1 more credit »
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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 ... Abdullah's Bodyguard (as Neil Melik Abdullah)
Nina Hoss ... Irna Frey
Daniel Brühl ... Maximilian
Vicky Krieps ... Niki
Kostja Ullmann ... Rasheed
Franz Hartwig ... Karl
Martin Wuttke ... The Admiral
Vedat Erincin ... Storekeeper
Rainer Bock ... Dieter Mohr
Derya Alabora Derya Alabora ... Leyla Oktay
Tamer Yigit Tamer Yigit ... Melik Oktay
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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 »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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The principal photography period on this picture ran for about forty days. This included thirty-eight days filming in Hamburg, the majority of the shoot, and at the end of principal photography, a further two days shooting in Berlin. 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

Günther Bachmann: Have you ever seen blood on the street?
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Referenced in SPYMASTER: John le Carré in Hamburg (2014) See more »

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To Hell With Poverty
Written by Dave Allen, Hugo Burnham (as Hugo H. Burnham, Andy Gill (as Andrew Gill) and Jon King
Produced and Mixed by Andy Gill
Performed by Gang of Four
© Bug Music Ltd (GB) / WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) / Hugo Burnham Pub. Des. (ASCAP) / Elastic Purejoy Music (ASCAP)
All Rights on Behalf of Elastic Purejoy Music (ASCAP) & Hugo Burnham Pub. Des. (ASCAP) Administered by Neue Welt Musikverlag GmbH & Co. KG
With Kind Permission of BMG Rights Management_GmbH (Germany) and Neue Welt Musikverlag GmbH & Co. KG
(P) With Kind Permission of Gang of Four
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To Make the World a Safer Place
26 July 2014 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. If you aren't an avid reader of John le Carre' spy novels, perhaps you've seen movie versions such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener, or The Russia House. If not, how about director Anton Corbijn's previous film The Amercian (2010 with George Clooney)? The more you've read and seen these, the more you are prepared for this latest.

Mr. le Carre' actually was part of MI5 and MI6 (British Intelligence) and uses his experience even so many years ago to provide the type of post 9/11 anti-terrorism spy thriller that doesn't focus on explosions and gun play, but rather the subtleties of communication when very smart people go up against other very smart people who may or may not share their goals. Secrets and misdirection abound. Traps are set, and sly maneuverings are pre-planned.

As if all that weren't enough, how about another mesmerizing performance from the late Philip Seymour Hoffman? He is a master at the top of his craft here. Sure, maybe the German accent is a bit distracting at first, but it was necessary because movie audiences needed a constant reminder that he is not playing an American! I cannot explain how this chain-smoking, mumbling schlub can so dominate a scene and disappear into a character, but Hoffman most certainly does both.

In addition to a very cool script, excellent support work comes from Grigor Dobrygin as Issa, the central figure in Hoffman's character's work, Willem Dafoe as a somewhat shady banker, as well as Robin Wright, Daniel Bruhl, Nina Hoss, Homayoun Ershadi, and Rainer Bock. The only miscast is Rachel McAdams as rich girl turned terrorist sympathizer.

Parts of the score were excellent - the droning, ominous piano notes. The composer was Herbert Gronemeyer, a German rock star (you'd never know from the score). This is a delicious, challenging look at international spies and how one never knows where they fall on the food chain ... minnow, barracuda, shark. http://moviereviewsfromthedark.com/


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UK | USA | Germany

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English | Turkish | Arabic

Release Date:

1 August 2014 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,687,227, 27 July 2014

Gross USA:

$17,237,855

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$36,233,517
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