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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.

Director:

Tom Tykwer

Writers:

Dave Eggers (novel), Tom Tykwer (screenplay)
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2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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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.

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How far will you go to find yourself?

Genres:

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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English | Arabic

Release Date:

28 April 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperando al rey See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Dolby Digital

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Color | Black and White (some shots)

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2.35 : 1
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Had its German debut at Berlin's Zoo Palast, at Hardenbergstraße 29A 10623 Berlin. See more »

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New Hampshire has no national parks. Mount Washington is in the White Mountain National Forest. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Written and Performed by John Davies
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Disappointing Treatment of Much-Praised Book
25 April 2016 | by vsksSee all my reviews

Not every comedy is for everyone (at least I think this was supposed to be a comedy). Last week I saw The Big Lebowski (1998) at the local movie theater. Packed. People in Lebowski t-shirts, people who raised hands to show they'd seen the movie five, ten, twenty times, people anticipating the laugh lines. Eighteen years from now, nothing like that will happen with this film from German director Tom Twyker. Tom Hanks is American businessman Alan Clay, whose marriage is over and whose career as a salesman is on the skids. In what appears to be a last chance at success, he's sent to Saudi Arabia to sell the king on a costly holographic teleconferencing system for a new city being built in the desert. He encounters bureaucratic delays, clandestine alcohol consumption, confounding cultural gaps, and unexpected romance. Where I messed up was in thinking, "Oh, Tom Hanks. He's always great." Someone so talented just wouldn't be in a mediocre film. Why would he? And, I thought, "Oh, Dave Eggers wrote the book it's based on. Got lots of praise for it too." For example, New York Times reviewer Pico Iyer called the book "an anguished investigation into how and where American self-confidence got lost and — in the central word another lonely expat uses for Alan— 'defeated.'" And the Boston Globe: "True genius." Someplace along the way, the promise of the book and Hanks got lost, and a more disjointed and implausible narrative is hard to imagine. When we're told that the crowds Hanks saw at a mosque were there because "that's where the executions are," it's hard to believe that a Saudi woman would take the very great risk of being alone with him, an American infidel. Hanks does get to drive a very sexy 2015 Audi R8, briefly. But even that isn't worth the ticket price.


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