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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:

$7,443,007, 6 March 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$23,049,575, 24 April 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,939,010
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Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

"Opening your mouth when getting mortared" means to keep ones mouth open in the event of a bomb, grenade or other explosion. Explosions create waves of increased pressure, followed by negative pressure, which can be extremely damaging to ears and internal organs. Keeping ones mouth open is said to equalize pressure, therefore reducing internal damage. See more »

Goofs

Ian makes a comment "go bile yer heid ya wee bampot" which is captioned as "speaking Gaelic". The language is Scots, which is also identified as "Scots Gaelic" to distinguish it from Irish Gaelic. See more »

Quotes

Kim Baker: I'm wondering if you can give me something... on background, just about the security situation here and the state of the war in general.
General Hollanek: Yeah, I can give you something... this war's like fucking a gorilla, you keep on going until the gorilla wants to stop.
Kim Baker: I think I can paraphrase that.
General Hollanek: Knock yourself out.
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References The Three Stooges Show (1960) See more »

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Meet The New School
Written by Nik Frost, Ray Blanco and Geoff Siegel
Performed by Blacklight Poster Children
Courtesy of Fundamental Music
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Best Movie About Women in War Since Fort Bliss
15 March 2016 | by theRetireeSee all my reviews

OK, so Tina Fey isn't actually a soldier, but she's not the horny bimbo who gets busy with George Clooney in Three Kings either. Its now clear that Tina Fey is one of the most multi-talented people in the entertainment world, and this movie will go far toward solidifying her reputation as a broad gauge polymath. Aside from everything else, its clear she's a wonderful actor, and interestingly enough all the really strong central characters in this movie are indeed women (as Tina ruefully laments that she should have googled one particular character.) Don't worry, there's plenty of blood and guts, bad language, and techno porn for the teen-aged boys (why on earth would anybody come to a R rated movie with WTF as the title and give it a bad review for being shocked by language, sex, and violence. Don't however, expect Margot Robbie or anyone else to replay Margot's Wolf of Wall Street shenanigans.) Even the Anglo actors playing indigini (as we called the locals in Viet nam) are wonderful. Well worth seeing, worth owning.


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