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Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)

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A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.

Writers:

Robert Carlock (screenplay by), Kim Barker (based on the book "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tina Fey ... Kim Baker
Margot Robbie ... Tanya Vanderpoel
Martin Freeman ... Iain MacKelpie
Alfred Molina ... Ali Massoud Sadiq
Christopher Abbott ... Fahim Ahmadzai
Billy Bob Thornton ... General Hollanek
Nicholas Braun ... Tall Brian
Stephen Peacocke ... Nic
Sheila Vand ... Shakira Khar
Evan Jonigkeit ... Specialist Coughlin
Fahim Anwar ... Jaweed
Josh Charles ... Chris
Cherry Jones ... Geri Taub
Scott Takeda ... Ed Faber
Eli Goodman ... Tucker Wang
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Storyline

2003. After careful consideration, Kim Baker, a news copywriter, decides to leave the relative comfort of a New York desk job and serious boyfriend Chris to accept the assignment to work for three months as on-camera reporter in war torn Afghanistan, as her news agency is looking for anyone within their ranks to fill immediately the empty voids overseas. Her only experience of being in such an environment is going through hostile zone training a few years earlier. Immediately upon her arrival in Afghanistan, she realizes that she is ill-prepared emotionally for this assignment, not only enduring the dangers of the war itself, but also the conditions of everyday life, including largely been seen by men as only a "piece of ass" and a distraction despite her being considered average looking back home and not being overtly sexual, and being an individual with a small bladder who is nonetheless told to stay hydrated at all times. She is largely assisted in navigating this new life by Tanya... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

From the headlines to the front lines

Genres:

Biography | Comedy | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Pushto | Dari | French

Release Date:

4 March 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Taliban Shuffle See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,450,275, 6 March 2016

Gross USA:

$23,083,334

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,972,139
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Sound Mix:

Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton are also both in Love, Actually. See more »

Goofs

During the early parts of her interviews with the Marines in the field, several Marines identify themselves by their rank. Several state a rank different than the rank indicated on their uniform. See more »

Quotes

Specialist Coughlin: You embrace the suck and move the fuck forward
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Connections

References The Terminator (1984) See more »

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I Can't Even Lift My Head Up
Written & Performed by Sufjan Stevens
Courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty Records
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Nearly Flawless, 9 out of 10 for Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels
24 June 2016 | by paulwaidelichSee all my reviews

Wow. If I wasn't already a fan of Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, I sure am now. The same barbed wit is evident throughout Whiskey, Tengo Foxtrot (military acronym for What the F***), but this isn't a skit. Tina Fey portrays a nuanced character, a low level employee of a network news department who makes an impulsive career move and ends up as a war correspondent in Afghanistan. Doesn't sound entertaining? It probably wouldn't be without the amazing touch Fey puts on her character. While it's not a war movie, it certainly captures the hopelessness of a culture doomed to perpetual war in the arm pit of the world. Afghanistan ultimately gets dismissed as a place undeserving of American military support, or even interest. The people shoot each other and blow each other up in conflict over interpretations of their medieval religion, and the movie correctly concludes "who cares"? But the Americans and individual Afghanis touch each others lives in ways that transcend cynicism. Fey and her Saturday Night Live co-producer Lorne Michaels find humor and humanity in ways that make you root for all the characters. The movie has no dull moments, and the pacing keeps you in your seat. Like Afghanistan itself, there were potential landmines of preachiness, boring politics and hopelessness...and WTF avoids them all. There are subtle, brilliant, and stereotype breaking supporting roles by Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, (Spiderman 2), Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street) and Martin Freeman (whose correspondent character is as far from Bilbo Baggins as Kabul is from New York.) Three cheers for Tina Fey, who manages to give us entertainment and a smile while showing us how lucky we are to be Americans. WTF could have been boring and preachy, and instead gives us a feel good movie from the most unlikely place on earth.


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