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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 »

Genres:

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

Gross USA:

$5,019,226

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,509,436
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mason Skiles: You're not hallucinating. It's me Mason.
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Mamara
Written & Performed by Michel Nahme
Courtesy of Hollywood Music Center
By arrangement with Royalty Network
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Kind of Boring
17 April 2018 | by Marko454See all my reviews

There is some suspense, but the movie tends to drag on, with a lot of fast dialog like one would see in one of those made for TV action dramas. At times, the dialog is so fast that the movie becomes hard to follow. If you miss a line, you can lose track of what is going on. This was a film that I was not all that impressed with. In one of the scenes, I believe that the main character had a combination telephone-answering machine that looked like something from the late 1990's, certainly not early-80's.


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