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A Hologram for the King ()


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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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Alan
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Yousef (as Alexander Black)
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Zahra
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Hanne
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Kit
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Ruby
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Ron
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Young Ron
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Young Alan
Alexander Molkenthin ...
Kid Alan
Xara Eich ...
Young Kit
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Brad
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Cayley
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Rachel
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Dave
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Eric Randall
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Karim Al-Ahmad
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Maha
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Sayed
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Hasan (as Dhaffer L'Abidine)
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Mohammed
Boughara Mohamed ...
Hamza
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Dr. Haddad
Johannes Ahn ...
Anaesthesia Man
Mohamed Lemsaweb ...
Man Singing Prayer
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Prince Jalawi
Mohamed Attifi ...
The King (as Attifi Mohamed)
Ettanji Abdel Ilah ...
Jameelah's Husband
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Ted
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Party Man 1
Ian T. Dickinson ...
Party Man 2 (as Ian Dickinson)
Nadia Niazi ...
Zahra's Colleague
Julia Temtsin ...
Vodka Lady
Mathias Harrebye-Brandt ...
Viking
Raquel Stern ...
Eric Randall's Secretary
Vinod Subramanian ...
Edward
Zaki Al Rahman ...
Receptionist
Asachan Nanwani ...
Receptionist
Mohamed Sofine ...
Receptionist
Kamal Shadadpuri ...
Receptionist
Panwala Soeb ...
Receptionist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Catherine Flynn (uncredited)
Mamdouh Al-Harthy ...
Jasem the shopkeeper (uncredited)
Jassim Alsaady ...
Cousin #1 (uncredited)
Tamer Doghem ...
Atif (uncredited)
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Alan's colleague (uncredited)
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Joe Trivoli (uncredited)
Alexander Yassin ...
Zahra's Driver (uncredited)

Directed by

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Tom Tykwer

Written by

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Dave Eggers ... (novel)
 
Tom Tykwer ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Mamdouh Al-Harthy ... associate producer
Stefan Arndt ... producer
Gero Bauknecht ... executive producer
Claudia Bluemhuber ... executive producer
Alex Boden ... associate producer
Karim Debbagh ... co-producer: Morocco
Michael Dreher ... co-producer: Morocco
Irene Gall ... executive producer
Léonard Glowinski ... co-producer
Gary Goetzman ... producer
Arcadiy Golubovich ... producer
Bill Johnson ... executive producer
Marcus Loges ... line producer
Matthew J. Malek ... co-executive producer
Ulli Neumann ... line producer: X Filme
Tim O'Hair ... producer
Gastón Pavlovich ... executive producer (as Gaston Pavlovich)
Shervin Pishevar ... executive producer
Ola Roshdy ... service producer: Egypt
Silvio Saade ... line producer: Saudi Arabia (as Silvio Saadé)
Sabine Schenk ... line producer: US, Boston
Uwe Schott ... producer
Jim Seibel ... executive producer
Steve Shareshian ... executive producer (as Steven Shareshian)

Music by

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Johnny Klimek
Tom Tykwer

Cinematography by

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Frank Griebe

Film Editing by

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Alexander Berner

Editorial Department

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Arne Hastedt ... head of production
Natalie Helgath ... colorist: dailies
Lukas Lerch ... post-production assistant
Traudl Nicholson ... lead colorist
Chris A. Peterson ... additional editor
Manuel Scholz ... first assistant editor
Steffen Schuchhardt ... Digital Intermediate Engineer

Casting By

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Noureddine Aberdine
Michelle Guish
Avy Kaufman ... (u.s casting)
Gaby Kester
Mounir Saguia ... (Morocco)

Production Design by

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Uli Hanisch

Art Direction by

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Abdellah Baadil
Daniel Chour
Kai Koch ... supervising art director
Marco Trentini ... (art direction)

Costume Design by

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Pierre-Yves Gayraud

Makeup Department

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Dana Bieler ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Anja Bissinger ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Anna Sophie Evenkamp ... additional hair stylist (as Anna Evenkamp) / additional makeup artist (as Anna Evenkamp)
Maria Jittou ... hair stylist / makeup artist / makeup artist: Morocco
Jan Kempkens-Odemski ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Heike Merker ... hair designer / makeup designer
Daniel Parker ... hair designer / makeup designer
Elise Tillmann ... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist
Jordi Morera ... special makeup effects artist: Twilight Creations Crew (uncredited)

Production Management

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Adil Abdelwahab ... unit production manager
Majid Aoulad Abdellah ... production manager
Christopher Berg ... post-production supervisor
Miki Emmrich ... unit production manager
Sebastian Neitsch ... unit production manager: Morocco
Anja Wedell ... production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Noureddine Aberdine ... first assistant director
Jassim Alsaady ... cultural advisor / first assistant director: second unit: Saudi Unit
Tobias Asam ... third assistant director
Dennis Becker ... second second assistant director: Germany
Rachid Doha ... third assistant director
Akram Elkouzouz ... third assistant director
Sebastian Fahr-Brix ... first assistant director
Mustapha Grumij ... first assistant director
Aladin Hasic ... second unit director / second unit director: second unit
Mina Mouiz ... assistant director
Mohammed Hamza Regragui ... second assistant director (Morocco)

Art Department

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Abdellah Baadil ... assistant art director
Laura Bach ... set designer
Tanja Baumgartner ... set designer
Karim Elamri ... art department
Ouassel Elkilali ... graphic designer
Alex Friedrich ... prop maker
Leif Heanzo ... concept artist (as Leif Hendel)
Anna Jarocka ... art department runner
Marko Kaiser ... property buyer
Andrea Kessler ... stand-by props
Thorsten Klein ... assistant art director
Alexander Lambriev ... property master
Claudio Magrini ... construction coordinator / contruction manager
Redouane Nasserdine ... art department coordinator
Soufiane Ousaadi ... stand-by props: Germany / stand-by props: Morocco
Mohamed Rakaa ... assistant set decorator
Stephanie Rass ... set designer: prep
Amin Rharda ... property master: morocco
Dalia Salamah ... graphic designer
Niklas Schmidt ... art department coordinator
Tabea Schweiger ... assistant property master
Alwara Thaler ... set decoration buyer
Kurt van der Basch ... storyboard/concept artist (as Kurt Van Der Basch)

Sound Department

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Peter Brückelmayer ... boom operator
Peter S. Carlstedt ... adr mixer
Nishanth Dass ... assistant recording engineer
Iain Eyre ... adr supervisor / dialogue supervisor
Jay Fisher ... adr mixer
Peter Gleaves ... adr mixer
Dino Herrmann ... music mix engineer
Thomas Kalbér ... assistant re-recording mixer
Kyle D. Krajewski ... adr mixer
Frank Kruse ... supervising sound editor
Matthias Lempert ... re-recording mixer
Steve Little ... adr editor / dialogue supervisor
Carsten Richter ... foley artist
Kuen-Il Song ... foley editor
Markus Stemler ... sound effects editor
Marcus Sujata ... foley effects mixer
Daniel Vogl ... head of ARRI Sound
Hanse Warns ... foley mixer
Roland Winke ... sound mixer

Special Effects by

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Marcel Caspers ... special effects technician vomit effect
Björn Friese ... special effects: supervisor vomit effect mr. hanks
Sven Hübner ... armourer

Visual Effects by

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Robert Aldag ... visual effects coordinator: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Benjamin Aulinger ... digital compositor (as Benjamin Kaczorek)
Friderieke Bach ... cg artist: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Konstantin Borchert ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Angelo Caruso ... title artist
Christopher Chaber ... visual effects editor: ARRI
Peter Colebatch ... cg artist: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Andrei Dimitriu ... compositing artist
Sebastian Elsner ... pipeline td: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Tim Emeis ... digital compositor: ARRI VFX
Markus Frank ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Andreas Giesen ... fx td: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Rene Grasser ... visual effects producer: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Shawn Griswold ... digital compositor
Christoph Hasche ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Aria Heidari ... digital compositor
Nadine Heinz ... junior visual effects coordinator: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Roy Hoes ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Oliver Hohn ... compositing supervisor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Markus Hund ... 3d artist
Petter Idestroem ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Dziga Kaiser ... matte painter: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Julia Kietzmann ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Nina Knott ... visual effects producer
Michael Koch ... head of 3d: ARRI VFX
Natalie Meffert ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Patrick Patzschke ... junior compositing artist
Robert Pinnow ... visual effects supervisor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Paul Poetsch ... senior compositing artist: ARRI
Olivia Puchalla ... cg artist: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Steffen Richter ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
David Salamon ... cg supervisor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Alexander Scherffig ... digital compositor: ARRI VFX
Thorsten Scholz ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Rayk Schroeder ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
David Schulz ... cg artist: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Oliver Schulz ... cg supervisor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Jérémie Sebban ... system administrator: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Min Tesch ... digital compositor
Stefan Tischner ... digital compositor
Dominik Trimborn ... visual effects supervisor: ARRI
Andreas Vincent Weber ... digital compositor
Jonathan Weber ... digital compositor: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Johannes Weiss ... matchmove artist: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Sebastian Wernicke ... matchmove artist: RISE Visual Effects Studios
Pascal Xander ... cg artist: RISE Visual Effects Studios

Stunts

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Hicham El Ghorfi ... precision stunt driver

Camera and Electrical Department

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Christian Almesberger ... camera operator: "b" camera / first assistant camera: "a" camera
Frédéric Batier ... still photographer
Sebastian Behrens ... electrician
Amine Boudour ... camera operator
Celio Castro ... electrician
Sifeddine El Amine ... still photographer
Lotfi El Gorda ... first assistant camera
Mads Gutowski ... electrician
Oliver Haas ... best boy: lighting
Aladin Hasic ... Cinematographer: 2nd unit / second unit cinematographer
Dietmar Haupt ... rigging gaffer
Jan Hinrich Hoffmann ... underwater camera operator
Zouggar Abdel Jalil ... electrician
Daniel Jopp ... electrician
Habib Kadamani ... Focus Puller: second unit
Bruno Keller ... additional lighting technician (Berlin part)
Glenn König ... key grip
Naoufal Lamkealal ... grip
Anton Meister ... dimmer board operator (German part)
Rachid Mssiaidi ... key grip: Morocco
Marcus Pohlus ... steadicam operator
Helmut Prein ... gaffer
Axel Scholz ... electrician
Tom Trambow ... still photographer
Uwe Zegnotat ... clapper loader
Abdel jalil Zouggar ... electrician (as Abdeljalil Zougar)

Animation Department

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Lukas Kampichler ... compositing artist: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm
Santiago Lopez Jover ... animator: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm (as Santiago López)
Hilde Renner ... animator: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm
Johannes Schiehsl ... animation producer: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm
Guillermo Segui ... animator: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm
Benjamin Swiczinsky ... animation producer: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm / animator: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm / storyboard artist: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm
Conrad Tambour ... animation producer: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm
Sascha Vernik ... animator: Neuer Österreichischer Trickfilm

Casting Department

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Amine Louadni ... casting
Alan Scott Neal ... casting associate
Annika Sell ... extras casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Wyatt Bartlett ... personal costumer: T. Hanks
Dominique Cristina ... costume buyer
Dorothea Kulhawy ... costumer
Elisabeth Martirena ... assistant costume designer: breakdown artist / breakdown artist: breakdown artist
Oriol Nogues ... assistant costume designer
Bettina Seifert ... costume supervisor
Lisa Spengler ... set costumer

Location Management

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Mustapha Bediar ... assistant location manager
Samir Benayyad ... location assistant
Badr El Kababri ... location manager (as Badr Elkbabri)
Jaouad El Kacimi ... locations
David Pieper ... location manager
Steve Sauthoff ... assistant location manager
Mario Wittmann ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Justin Bell ... arranger / orchestrator
Hans Hafner ... additional programming
G.C. Johnson ... musician: guitars (as Gregory Johnson)
Gabriel Isaac Mounsey ... lead score arranger / lead score programmer
Steven Phillips ... composer: additional music
Gene Pritsker ... lead orchestrator / orchestrator
Stuart Roslyn ... trailer score composer
Jonathan Levi Shanes ... additional score arranger / additional score programmer
Frank Kruse ... music editor (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Hicham El Ghorfi ... picture car coordinator
Redouane Fihi ... transportation captain
Daniel Huhn ... second driver to Tom Hanks
Robert J. Napier ... production driver
Philipp von Bremen ... transportation captain

Other crew

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Ahmed Al-Ibrahim ... consultant
Jassim Alsaady ... dialect coach / dialogue coach
Jaafar Ameur ... production assistant
Cassandra Barbour ... rights and clearances
Andreas Bareiss ... legal counsel (as Dr. Andreas Bareiss)
Michael Barnes ... legal services
Taoufiq Belemqadem ... security manager
Carles Berot ... dubbing supervisor / marketing and creative services
Eve Borchardt ... stand-in: Sarita Choudhury
Marie Brock ... adr artist
Gero Brugmann ... legal advisor: financing
Nori Chia ... assistant: G. Goetzman
Ron Eastman ... security: Mr. Hanks
Seloua El Gouni ... assistant production coordinator
Asmae Elamrani ... assistant production accountant
Rabi Elliq ... accountant: model unit
Brahim Elmouatamid ... production assistant
Ingo Fischer ... rights and clearances
Bianca Folger ... assistant: U. Schott / S. Arndt
Ursula Gaida ... payroll accountant
Leo Haidar ... legal counsel
Kenneth Hartl ... set doctor
Houda Hechadi ... production coordinator
Medical Herz ... medic
Yvonne Höft ... assistant accountant
Sven Jenuwein ... set manager: Germany
François Lardenois ... production coordinator
Craig Love ... security: Mr. Hanks
Jens Matthiaschk ... shipping coordinator
Elisa Nitschke ... assistant: T. Tykwer
My Mustapha Oikil ... medic
Andreas Penkin ... cashier
Marcellus Puhlemann ... music legal affairs
Sooki Raphael ... assistant: Mr. Hanks (as Susan 'Sooki' Raphael)
Dalia Salamah ... graphic designer
Johannes Schwerdt ... production controller
Meagan Sevier ... rights and clearances
Jack Sheehan ... Manager International Sales
Larissa Trüby ... making of
Harro von Have ... legal services: co-production
Richard Wells ... assistant: A. Golubovich / T. O'Hair
Ghadeer Zainy ... cultural advisor: Saudi Arabia
Ashton Fontana ... publicist (uncredited)

Thanks

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Christina Bentlage ... thanks
Dave Eggers ... Tom Tykwer wishes to thank
Petra Müller ... thanks
Gerd Schepers ... thanks
Lana Wachowski ... Tom Tykwer wishes to thank

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Storyline

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Plot Keywords
Taglines How far will you go to find yourself? See more »
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Parents Guide View content advisory »
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Also Known As
  • Un Hologramme pour le Roi (France)
  • Ein Hologramm für den König (Germany)
  • Un holograma para el rey (Mexico)
  • Esperando al rey (Spain)
  • Hologramm kuningale (Estonia)
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Runtime
  • 98 min
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Budget $30,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia In 2012, Tom Hanks gave a rave review to the source novel, written by Dave Eggers. See more »
Goofs The first time Tom Hanks wakes up late in his hotel in KSA, there's a Muslim prayer call (Adhan) heard in the background. However, his bedside alarm clock shows it's after 9:00 am, and no Muslim prayers occur in that time. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Avengers: Infinity War (2018). See more »
Soundtracks Once In A Lifetime See more »
Quotes Alan: [in an email] Dear Dr. Hakem. I hope this message finds you well. Your skill made quick work of that cyst. So I want to thank you again. I've been feeling increasingly energized since the operation and I've already been able to transfer that energy to others successfully. The only catch is now I don't have anything to blame my problems on. That little growth explained everything, and now it's gone. I am sincerely grateful, though, I think. Alan Clay.
Zahra: [her response] Dear Mr. Clay, even though it went a little harder than I expected, it was a simple extraction. Usually the discovery that you're not dying of a malignant tumor leaves most people with their spirits high. But you are not most people, are you? Dr. Zahra Hakem.
Alan: Dear Dr. Hakem, actually, my spirits are very high indeed, maybe too high. I'm feeling a little dizzy. The cause is mysterious. But I have felt a strange new lump in my back. I'm no doctor, but it feels like a rubber glove. Is there a chance you left one? Sometimes people leave things like gloves with someone they like in hopes their retrieval will provide an excuse to see that someone again. Yours, Alan.
Zahra: Dear Alan, I actually might have left something. I'm thinking a sponge? Or maybe part of a snack I ate during the surgery. I think I need to see you again. Perhaps out of the hospital? We don't want to worry your insurers. Zahra.
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