7.3/10
3,790
10 user 61 critic

The Ambassador (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 5 October 2011 (Denmark)
Trailer
2:04 | Trailer
Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa.

Director:

Mads Brügger

Writers:

Mads Brügger (original idea), Mads Brügger | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Mads Brügger ... Self
Heather Schmid Heather Schmid ... Self
Learn more

More Like This 

Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two Danish comedians join the director on a trip to North Korea, where they have been allowed access under the pretext of wanting to perform a vaudeville act.

Director: Mads Brügger
Stars: Mads Brügger, Simon Jul Jørgensen, Jacob Nossell
Documentary | Animation | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Danish director Mads Brügger and Swedish private investigator Göran Björkdahl are trying to solve the mysterious death of Dag Hammarskjöld. As their investigation closes in, they discover a... See full summary »

Director: Mads Brügger
Stars: Mads Brügger, Clarinah Mfengu, Saphir Wenzi Mabanza
Red Chapel (TV Series 2006)
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A Danish-Korean theater group, Simon Jul Jørgensen and Jacob Nossell travel to North Korea with their manager Mads Brügger, presenting absurd sketch comedy. A rare glimpse into a closed world.

Stars: Jacob Nossell, Simon Jul Jørgensen, Johan Stahl Winthereik
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

How John Dalli the EU commissioner of health was accused of being in the pocket of tobacco companies.

Director: Jeppe Rønde
Stars: Mikael Bertelsen, Michael Brady, Mads Brügger
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Subversive satirist Mads Brugger's latest is an odd-couple comedy about the pitfalls of striking out into the economic frontier; it charts two hapless Danes' scheme to sell Saint Bernards to China's middle class.

Director: Mads Brügger
Stars: Frederik Cilius Jørgensen, Rasmus Bruun, Flemming Sørensen
Armadillo (2010)
Documentary | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Danish soldiers are sent to Afghanistan in 2009 for 6 months, to help stabilize the country against the Taliban. They're stationed on Armadillo military base in Helman province. Unlike other war movies, this is the real deal - no actors.

Director: Janus Metz
Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A tone-deaf cop works to track down a group of guerilla percussionists whose anarchic public performances are terrorizing the city.

Directors: Ola Simonsson, Johannes Stjärne Nilsson
Stars: Bengt Braskered, Sanna Persson, Magnus Börjeson
Documentary | Biography | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The life and career of the renowned stage magician turned scientific skeptic of the paranormal, James Randi.

Directors: Tyler Measom, Justin Weinstein
Stars: James Randi, Deyvi Peña, Penn Jillette
Documentary | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A documentary which challenges former Indonesian death-squad leaders to reenact their mass-killings in whichever cinematic genres they wish, including classic Hollywood crime scenarios and lavish musical numbers.

Directors: Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Anwar Congo, Herman Koto, Syamsul Arifin
Casper & Mandrilaftalen (1999–2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Cult-favorite surreal talk-show hosted by Casper Christensen. A mixture of sketch comedy, talent shows, spoofs, commercials, and action-packed drama featuring numerous bizarre and passionate characters.

Stars: Casper Christensen, Lasse Rimmer, Frank Hvam
The Dirties (2013)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two best friends are filming a comedy about getting revenge on the bullies at their high school. One of them isn't joking.

Director: Matt Johnson
Stars: Matt Johnson, Owen Williams, Padraig Singal
Life After Pi (2014)
Documentary | Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

'Life After Pi' is a short documentary about Rhythm & Hues Studios, the L.A. based Visual Effects company that won an Academy Award for its groundbreaking work on 'Life of Pi' - just two weeks after declaring bankruptcy.

Director: Scott Leberecht
Stars: Lois Anderson, Saraswathi Vani Balgam, Lee Berger
Edit

Storyline

Danish journalist Mads Brügger goes undercover as a Liberian Ambassador to embark on a dangerous yet hysterical journey to uncover the blood diamond trade in Africa.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

To break the story, he must become the story.

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

At the very beginning of the movie Mads Brøgger is dressing up for the part. On his left hand he is seen wearing a replica of the "Good mark" ring normally worn by the comic book Character "The Phantom". This ring can permanently mark whomever it touches. The ring features four overlapping sabres forming a cross known as "The Good Mark". Those touched by it are under The Phantom's protection and the mark itself is said to give the wearer amazing luck. Whether Mads Brøgger actually met The Phantom during his stay in the Central African Republic is not known at this point, but having in mind that The Phantom usually takes care of criminal activities in the fictional African country Bengalla and is indeed a great friend of the pygmees it is highly likely that he would take immediate action. See more »

Connections

Featured in Docventures: Korruptio (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

I Don't Wanna Set The World On Fire
Written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Eddie Durham and Bennie Benjamin
Performed buy The Ink Spots
See more »

User Reviews

 
Redundant
15 June 2012 | by billcr12See all my reviews

The Ambassador looks like a ninety minute version of the television news program 60 Minutes, with only Mike Wallsce jumping out for a confrontation missing. A Danish man finds a couple of different companies who sell diplomatic credentials for cash. Using a series of videos from hidden cameras, he shows the widespread corruption which crosses all national and racial boundaries. A major problem is, although most of the meetings are in English, many are in French, without translation.

He buys an official diplomacy for $130,000 and sets up a match factory with an Indian guy as cover for diamond mining. Thousands of such "diplomacies" are uncovered by the filmmaker, which isn't a big surprise to anyone who watches the news. Everyone has a price, as the saying goes, and even here in America, we have over 30,000 lobbyists, who bribe government officials every day to pass laws favorable to their clients.

As far as the documentary goes, it is extremely redundant, with endless meetings with officials being paid off for helping the "diplomat" do business in Africa. The Ambassador is done with a satirical bent, but is never very funny, given the subject matter in the end, which is blood diamonds. Overall, it is a sad commentary on the human race; we are all doomed.


15 of 67 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 10 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Denmark]

Country:

Denmark | Sweden

Language:

Danish | English | French

Release Date:

5 October 2011 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambasador See more »

Filming Locations:

Central African Republic See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,046, 2 September 2012

Gross USA:

$28,102

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$28,102
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (HD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed