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The Diplomat (2015)

THE DIPLOMAT tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spanned fifty years of American foreign policy - from Vietnam to Afghanistan.


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Credited cast:
Madeleine Albright ... Herself
Christiane Amanpour ... Herself
Rina Amiri Rina Amiri ... Herself
Kofi Annan ... Himself
Wesley Clark Wesley Clark ... Himself
Bill Clinton ... Himself (as William Jefferson Clinton)
Hillary Clinton ... Herself (as Hillary Rodham Clinton)
Roger Cohen Roger Cohen ... Himself
Tom Donilon Tom Donilon ... Himself
Nancy Dupree Nancy Dupree ... Herself
Camil Durakovic Camil Durakovic ... Himself
Ronan Farrow ... Himself
Dan Feldman Dan Feldman ... Himself
Dexter Filkins Dexter Filkins ... Himself
Leslie Gelb Leslie Gelb ... Himself


THE DIPLOMAT tells the remarkable story of the life and legacy of Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, whose singular career spans fifty years of American foreign policy - from Vietnam to Afghanistan. Told through the perspective of his eldest son David, the documentary takes you behind the scenes of high stakes diplomacy where peace is waged and wars are ended. As a young man, Holbrooke was sent to Vietnam as a junior foreign service officer and saw up close what went wrong. Thirty years later, he is tasked by President Clinton to bring another conflict to an end, this time in Europe where the Bosnian war is raging. This success earns him fame but not his dream job of Secretary of State, yet he soldiers on, getting an impossible mission from President Obama of ending the war in Afghanistan. The effort does not go well, as Holbrooke runs into obstacles in Kabul and Washington and dies on the job in December 2010 when his heart gives out. Processing his father's death, Holbrooke's son David ...

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Release Date:

23 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Vietnam See more »

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Dolby Digital


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16:9 HD
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A well made documentary
24 November 2015 | by londonmapperSee all my reviews

This is a well made documentary, by Holbrooke's own son (which adds to the suspense, as the viewer wonders about the relations between the director and the main character). What makes this film even more interesting is the candid remarks by Albright, Hillary Clinton and a number of eminent personalities belonging to politics and diplomacy - not just from USA but also from the Middle east. His ex wife also speaks rather honestly about their time together.

I started watching it thinking that this was a film, then realised after a few minutes that it was a documentary. Yet, it was so absorbing that I could not stop watching it. The film gives the viewer a number of powerful insights into how US foreign policy and action works, using Lebanon, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Serbia / Bosnia, Iran and Iraq as settings. The film is also rather honest, highlighting both, the victories and failures of Holbrooke, and this, I feel makes it appear even more credible.

In all respects a good watchable film for anyone interested in the secret world of international 20th century diplomacy.

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