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A Hologram for the King (2016)

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A failed American sales rep looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company's product to a wealthy monarch.



(novel), (screenplay)
3,746 ( 845)
2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alan
... Yousef
... Zahra
... Hanne
... Kit
... Ruby
... Ron
... Young Ron
... Young Alan
Alexander Molkenthin ... Kid Alan
Xara Eich ... Young Kit
... Brad
... Cayley
... Rachel
... Dave


A failed American sales rep looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company's product to a wealthy monarch.

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How far will you go to find yourself?


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 April 2016 (Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Esperando al rey  »

Filming Locations:



Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,138,605, 24 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,198,126, 26 June 2016
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Sound Mix:


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 2012, Tom Hanks gave a rave review to the source novel, written by Dave Eggers. See more »


When Alan wakes up lying on his bed after he cut open the lipoma, both his shirt and bed sheet are blood-soaked. Yet when he gets up, he can do so without the dried blood sticking together shirt and sheet. In addition, the supposedly dried blood on the sheet is red, while on the shirt it is brownish. See more »


[first lines]
Alan: [mimicking The Talking Heads in his music video TV commercial] You may find yourself living in your garden shack. And you may find yourself not at home in your home. And you may find yourself looking for your large automobile. And you may find yourself without a beautiful house. Without a beautiful wife. And you may ask yourself "Well, how did I get here?"
Alan: [riding a roller coaster for the chorus] Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.
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References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »


Turn To Stone
Performed by Electric Light Orchestra
Courtesy of Big Trilby Records
Words and Music by Jeff Lynne
(C) EMI Blackwood Music Inc.
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Germany Gmbh
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A Hologram for the King: A good film. Besides: is there such thing as a bad Tom Hanks' film?
31 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

A good film about being 60, being alone, being abroad and being open-minded.

Tom Hanks is a troubled man sent to KSA to sell something on behalf of a big American Corporate. And there he clashes with Arabic Culture in his usual thoughtful and suspended-judgment way.

I won't tell you what happens, of course, but after a quick look to the other reviews (someone even claims to have fallen asleep) I understood that not everyone have liked it. And I'm surprised but I won't comment.

I would just say, for those who could possibly share my feelings, that this was a good film: interesting, clever and not slow at all. Just, maybe, a little different. Images are great and the story depicts nicely our difficult times. Besides: is there a such thing as a bad Tom Hanks' film?

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