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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)
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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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

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UK | France | Germany | Mexico | USA


English | Arabic

Release Date:

28 April 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperando al rey See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco See more »


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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Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color | Black and White (some shots)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Filmed mostly in Morocco. Only some exterior shots were taken in Riyadh. See more »


The date of the entry stamp in the passport is shown as 09/25/2010, but like most of the world, in Saudi Arabia, dates are written in day/month/year format (25/09/2010). 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 Saving Private Ryan (1998) See more »


Four Seasons Winter Mov1
Music by Antonio Vivaldi (as A.L. Vivaldi) (PD)
Arranged by Edwin Merrill Hinckley EMH Classical Music Library
Courtesy of Warner/Chappell Production Music
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Not so impressive at all, Tom Hanks
1 May 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

I saw that someone else doing a review compared it to Bill Murray's failed attempt to go to the Middle-East in Rock the Kasbah. A Hologram for the King is not nearly that bad. It did have me yawning and trying to keep awake, which is a bad thing.

It has it's entertaining moments but it drags far too much.

I've seen Tom Hanks in similar movies like this, were he gives us the whole Average Joe bit, but his leading man skills on this film do nothing for me, I did not feel the Hanks magic this time. I did not care for Tom's character's situation like I should.

Hanks plays a businessman who was once on top of the game, but made a choice that cost him greatly. Trying to pick himself back up, he gets a job that lands him in Saudi Arabia trying to sell new technology to a Monarch.

The Idea of Hanks going to Saudi Arabia to find himself seems to be the emotional plot, but I myself was very uninterested in the man he was when he came there and whoever he became afterwords.

The only part of his journey that was at all interesting was his romantic relationship with his doctor, played by Sarita Choudhury. This was a great story of seasoned romance between people from two different cultures.

I also like the comedic relationship that Tom Hanks had with a driver named Yousef, who help him get around the area, but this bond was no where near as gripping.

So, over all A Hologram for the King, was not a bad film altogether, but I expected more from a movie driven by Tom Hanks.

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