7.3/10
3,612
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

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
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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, Göran Björkdahl, Neddy Banda
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 6.5/10 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 6.4/10 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 month, to help stabilize the country against 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
Art and Craft (2014)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When one of the most prolific art forgers in US history is finally exposed, he must confront the legacy of his 30-year con.

Directors: Sam Cullman, Jennifer Grausman, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mark A. Landis, Lester Sullivan, Irwin Lakov
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A documentary that follows the journeys of indie game developers as they create games and release those works, and themselves, to the world.

Directors: Lisanne Pajot, James Swirsky
Stars: Jonathan Blow, Brandon Boyer, Renaud Bédard
Eldorado (2008)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Yvan finds a burglar in his house. He doesn't call the police and decides to give the young man a lift home to his parents.

Director: Bouli Lanners
Stars: Bouli Lanners, Fabrice Adde, Philippe Nahon
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Mads Brügger ... Himself
Heather Schmid ... Herself
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

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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$27,503, 16 September 2012
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 »
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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Fascinating, funny and frustrating
24 January 2012 | by signemarieSee all my reviews

Be advised that curiosity seem to be the major drive behind this movie. Not righteousness. Mads Brügger doesn't judge or morally question the conduct of the people in his movie, and to be honest, I found it incredibly refreshing! The movie asks a bunch of questions: How are diamonds smuggled out of Africa? How does one become a part of this corrupt diplomacy in the first place? And lots more! Yes, some of them remain unanswered – I didn't mind terribly.

Seeking answers, Mads Brügger turns himself into a neocolonialist cliché: The Ambassador. Name a stereotypical trait of a white, corrupt diplomat in Africa and you can be sure this Ambassador does it, says it, smokes it or wears it. His tailor made khaki suits, super glossy burgundy riding boots, silver cuff-links and constant smoking of (expensive) cigars... it's all a part of telling the story of how one man made his way into the business of diamonds and fake diplomacy. That's what you should watch it for.

Overall I found the Ambassador immensely fascinating and in some places funny, but informative at the same time. I learned something and I was entertained. Well done!


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

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed