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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.


Tom Tykwer


Dave Eggers (novel), Tom Tykwer (screenplay)
4,986 ( 160)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Alan
Omar Elba ... Yousef (as Alexander Black)
Sarita Choudhury ... Zahra
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Hanne
Tracey Fairaway ... Kit
Jane Perry ... Ruby
Tom Skerritt ... Ron
Michael Baral ... Young Ron
Lewis Rainer ... Young Alan
Alexander Molkenthin Alexander Molkenthin ... Kid Alan
Xara Eich Xara Eich ... Young Kit
David Menkin ... Brad
Christy Meyer ... Cayley
Megan Maczko ... Rachel
Ben Whishaw ... 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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Did You Know?


The second collaboration between Tom Hanks and Tom Tykwer and Ben Whishaw. The first was "Cloud Atlas (2012)." See more »


When Yousef told Alan (Tom Hanks) that he can't meet The king because the king is visiting Yemen, the next scene shows a newspaper where it's written that the Yemen president is having a meeting with the king in the king's palace in Jeddah which is a city in Saudi Arabia not in Yemen. 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 »


Got To Be Real
Performed by Cheryl Lynn
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Words and Music by Cheryl Lynn, David Foster, David Paich
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Slow but watchable
29 May 2016 | by Figgy66-915-598470See all my reviews

29 May 2016 Film of Choice at The Plaza Dorchester Tonight - Hologram for the King. This film was a little surreal, I was never quite sure if the main character was dreaming the whole thing or not, this was not helped by a series of flashbacks that kept appearing throughout. However Tom Hanks was his usual sturdy unflappable self playing Alan a man who had failed in business and was now trying to succeed in a new career by selling an IT invention to an Arab King in Saudi Arabia. Failing in his marriage also and undergoing a bitter divorce, Alan is a bit lost when he arrives in Saudi and assumes the persona of a very beige type of man fighting his way through a very large sandstorm. However sparks of a more assertive person struggle through and we follow him on a journey of discovery. Not a huge raging river of a film, more a gentle stream meandering around and in danger of drying up in the Saudi desert. It doesn't dry up though and I found myself enjoying the tale immensely. Not everyone's cup of tea but worth a watch.

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Release Date:

28 April 2016 (Germany) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco See more »


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,138,578, 24 April 2016

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color | Black and White (some shots)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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