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...
Beirut: 1982. The Paris of the Middle East Was Burning.
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11 April 2018 (USA)
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Opening Weekend USA: $1,734,497,
15 April 2018
Gross USA: $5,019,226
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $7,509,436
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Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
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Immersing himself in research, screenwriter Tony Gilroy uncovered a trove of details, which he used to devise events that could plausibly have happened in Lebanon some three decades earlier. "Between talking to people on the phone and building this massive library, I dug into the particular three month period of time we cover in the film when Mason goes back to Lebanon," Gilroy explained. "There were many surprising things I learned. I didn't have any idea the PLO [Palestine Liberation Organization] was so complicated and stratified and corrupt. I had no idea about the complexity of the Israeli desire to get into Lebanon or the contortions Israel put itself through to justify the invasion of this region. I knew about the Reagan White House when George Schultz and Oliver North and Robert McFarland came in, and I knew about the events leading up to the bombing of the American Embassy in Beirut. But until I started doing my research, l did not know all the intricate details." See more
Mason Skiles (Jon Hamm) warns that the operation may "go sideways." The movie is set in 1982 but this phrase wasn't commonly used until the early 2000's. See more
You're not hallucinating. It's me Mason.
Written & Performed by Michel Nahme
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