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Special Correspondents (2016)

TV-MA | | Comedy | 29 April 2016 (USA)
2:38 | Trailer
A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead.


Ricky Gervais


Ricky Gervais





Cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Gervais ... Finch
Eric Bana ... Frank
Vera Farmiga ... Eleanor
Kelly Macdonald ... Claire
Kevin Pollak ... Mallard
America Ferrera ... Brigida
Raúl Castillo ... Domingo
Benjamin Bratt ... Baker
Kim Ramirez ... Brenda
Jim Norton ... Rent Boy #1
Bob Banks Bob Banks ... Crime Scene Officer
Jonathan Langdon ... Bellboy
Glen Grant Glen Grant ... Perry
Duane Murray ... Sacha
Ryan F. Hughes Ryan F. Hughes ... Barman


A radio journalist and his technician get in over their heads when they hatch a scheme to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out in New York instead.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Fake news. Real disaster.




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Canada | UK | USA


English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hírhajhászok See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the Q365 office, there is a wall of employee photos with Finch's (Ricky Gervais) picture being a headshot of David Brent, Gervais's character in The Office (2001). See more »


The Equadorians all speak to each other in English despite their native tongue being Spanish. See more »


Ian Finch: That's funny, I'm playing a game called Rebel Coup. Eleanor thinks it's childish, a grown man playing games.
Ian Finch: I should've paid her more attention. But then would I have achieved such a high score? Who knows?
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Crazy Credits

"Trailer Puppy .... Charlie" See more »


Remake of Envoyés très spéciaux (2009) See more »


Man on Fire
Written by Alex Ebert
Performed by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (as Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros)
Published by BMG Rights Management Ltd., A BMG Company
Licensed courtesy of Rough Trade Records
By arrangement Beggars Group Media Ltd.
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Ignore the harsh reviews...really enjoyable movie!
29 April 2016 | by ste_201079-760-389913See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what I was expecting to be fair, I love Ricky Gervais and I own everything he has done. A lot of negativity had come from various reviews I'd read and I thought - Well I'll be the judge, jury and executioner!

Admittedly the film has a slow start but does build, as the film continued I got more into it and was eventually gripped even though it was quite predictable the direction it was heading in. For me Ricky's on-screen presence makes it automatically feel-good, especially for me as I'm a fan of his work. Occasionally throwing some funny one-liners in, occasionally sounding like his character of Andy Millman from Extras which for me helped keep the Ricky we know and love current. Eric Bana was a great choice to play the main reporter, at first I thought it would be like sticking Arnie with David Jason kind of combo but they play well off each other and have great chemistry, Eric as we know is Australian so a convincing American accent was spot on.

Overall, ignore the harsh reviews, I know it's opinion but let's face it, they ain't got a clue what a genius Ricky is, it's not always about the comedy, the film isn't hilarious but is quite funny in places, Ricky has tried his hand here at something else and I believe pulled it off well. Highly recommended if you love Ricky's work and want to see him try something different then go for it, 9/10 is a deserved rating!

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