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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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English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hírhajhászok See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scenes behind the anchorman of "Oh Really? The facts" are in fact real protests in Quito. The protests took place in 2015 against the administration of President Rafael Correa. See more »


The Aircraft Frank and Finch return home from Ecuador IN shows the registration number AS being simply "GSTG". In actuality, this Bombardier Challenger 605 has the Canadian registration number of "C-GSTG", the Canadian International code prefix of "C-" having been OBVIOUSLY whited out. Had this been an Ecuadorian civil aircraft, it would have an "HC-" prefix, and thus would have been "HC-GSTG". See more »


Ian Finch: Can I get a skim milk latte.
Claire Maddox: You on a diet?
Ian Finch: A bit, yeah. I had a medical, and apparently I'm 25% fat.
Claire Maddox: Is that bad?
Ian Finch: Yeah, it's more than some snacks.
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Crazy Credits

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


Remake of Envoyés très spéciaux (2009) See more »


Dollar for a Hero
Written by Ricky Gervais
Performed by Vera Farmiga
Produced and Arranged by Dickon Hinchliffe
Piano arranged and performed by Owain Llwyd
Recorded at Air Studios, London
Brass band version arranged by Chris Branch and Tom Haines
Recorded at Brains and Hunch Studios
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Can you spare a penny for a hero?
25 September 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana star in "Special Correspondents" a comedy from 2016.

Bana plays Frank, a narcissistic radio journalist considered excellent, though he's often in trouble with his boss for getting into murder sites by stating he's the police, etc. His technician is Ian Finch (Gervais), whose wife, Eleanor (Vera Farmiga) has just left him after sleeping with Frank, though he didn't know she was Ian's wife, and Ian doesn't know about it. Ian is totally devastated over her leaving him and is writing letters to his wife the size of novels.

When Frank is told to go to Ecuador and cover an uprising, he talks Ian into going with him. Unfortunately, Ian threw out some stuff before leaving, which included the passports and some other important papers. This means they are stuck in New York.

They head to the home of Ian's friends, Brigida and Domingo (America Ferrara and Raul Castillo) where Ian is staying. The pair is well- meaning but not the sharpest knives in the drawer.

Ian decides to pretend they are in Ecuador with sound effects and people yelling in Spanish as Frank broadcasts. It becomes somewhat complicated when they are told to go to the American Embassy. That's impossible, so they decide on something else.

Meanwhile Eleanor is hard at work in the United States.

It is very hard for me to like today's comedies because to me, they're dumbed down with stupid characters, plots, and vulgar jokes.

I loved this comedy, and I think Gervais did a fantastic job writing the script. I had never seen Eric Bana do comedy and he was excellent. Vera Farmiga had the most fun role and she milked it for all it was worth. America Ferrara and Raul Castillo are deliberately exaggerated characters, and they both handled their roles well.

And as the sad sack Ian, Gervais is great and has wonderful chemistry with Bana.

Enjoyable and as the rest of the people who liked it said, don't pay attention to the reviews, just watch it and have a good time.

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