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Beirut (2018)

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Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

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Brad Anderson

Writer:

Tony Gilroy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Mason Skiles
Jay Potter ... Congressman
Khalid Benchagra Khalid Benchagra ... Nadim (as Khalid Benchegra)
Ania Josse Ania Josse ... Partygoer #1
Angus John Crisford Pritchard-Gordon Angus John Crisford Pritchard-Gordon ... Partygoer #2
Yoav Sadian Yoav Sadian ... Karim (13 Years Old) (as Yoav Sadian Rosenberg)
Leïla Bekhti ... Nadia Skiles
Kate Fleetwood ... Alice Riley
Mark Pellegrino ... Cal Riley
Abdesselam Bounouacha Abdesselam Bounouacha ... Partygoer #3 (as Abdesselam Abounouacha)
Colin Stinton ... Mr. Jones
Mustapha Touki Mustapha Touki ... Gunman
Youssef El Hibaqui Youssef El Hibaqui ... Gunman (as Youssef El Hibaoui)
Aziz Attougui Aziz Attougui ... Gunman
Hichame Ouraqa Hichame Ouraqa ... Abu Rajal (as Hicham Ouraqa)
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Storyline

Mason Skiles had a great life as a diplomat in Beirut. He and his wife, Nadia, live in a beautiful house and have been mentoring a thirteen year-old Palestinian boy named Karim. The opening scene is a party that the Stiles are hosting for other dignitaries. Karim is helping out serving the guests. When a CIA friend of Mason, Cal, comes to the party he is interested only in taking Karim in for questioning about an older brother Mason doesn't know about. What happens that night changes Mason's life forever, along several others at the party...

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Taglines:

Beirut: 1982. The Paris of the Middle East Was Burning. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and a brief nude image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

11 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Wire Act See more »

Filming Locations:

Tangier, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,734,497, 15 April 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,019,226, 14 June 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,586,621, 14 June 2018
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Against the backdrop of a politically dysfunctional Lebanon, screenwriter Tony Gilroy strived to develop the interior psychology of his hero in the manner of master spy novelist John le Carré. "His books were extraordinary, although they didn't always make for good movies because they were so hard to condense," Gilroy said. "I was highly motivated by the idea of designing a le Carré type film that could be put in a two-hour frame. And then the idea of a character like Mason [Jon Hamm], who's faced with great disappointment, that's very much a John le Carré thing." See more »

Goofs

Alice returns to an apartment in which Cal has been staying that is said to be in a very unsafe area of the city. It is not realistic that a CIA operative in Beirut with responsibilities for supervising all Middle East operations would be domiciled in a very unsafe sector of any city in which his station was located. See more »

Quotes

Mason Skiles: You're not hallucinating. It's me Mason.
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Connections

References Endless Love (1981) See more »

Soundtracks

Should I or Should I Not?
Written by Patrick DeRemer (as Pat Deremer) & Damon Danielson
Performed by Sue Ann Carwell
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Extremely Entertaining
8 January 2019 | by schubej-1See all my reviews

One reviewer indicated this was not filmed in Beirut and the city wasn't in the condition as depicted. Not ever having been there I won't dispute but the images of the damages and treatment of individuals were horrifying and set the tone for the film. But, terrorist activities in the area has been well documented since recorded history. Jon Hamm was exceptional in the development of his character and Rosemary Pike may have been somewhat miscast but she managed her character fairly well. What was most disturbing was the probability of sacrificing one to maintain a precarious "peace" in the Region. And, of course, there is the issue of corruption by a U.S. official in another country (go figure). All in all it is a complex story with something of an unlikely conclusion but it was still extremely entertaining.


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