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The Mauritanian (2021)

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Mohamedou Ould Salahi fights for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years.

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Kevin Macdonald

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Michael Bronner (screen story) (as M.B. Traven), Michael Bronner (screenplay) (as M.B. Traven) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Credited cast:
Tahar Rahim ... Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Jodie Foster ... Nancy Hollander
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Stuart Couch
Shailene Woodley ... Teri Duncan
Stevel Marc ... Poulson
Zachary Levi ... Neil Buckland
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nezar Alderazi ... Ramzi
Clayton Boyd ... Lawyer
Francis Chouler ... WSJ Journalist
Toni Jean Erasmus ... Female Guard
Arthur Falko ... Guard
David Fynn ... Kent
Melissa Haiden ... Kim Couch
Evan Hengst ... Pentagon Guard
Robert Hobbs ... Captain Collins
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Based on the NY Times best-selling memoir "Guantánamo Diary" by Mohamedou Ould Slahi, this is the true story of Slahi's fight for freedom after being detained and imprisoned without charge by the U.S. Government for years. Alone and afraid, Slahi finds allies in defense attorney Nancy Hollander and her associate Teri Duncan who battle the U.S. government in a fight for justice that tests their commitment to the law and their client at every turn. Their controversial advocacy, along with evidence uncovered by a formidable military prosecutor, Lt. Colonel Stuart Couch, uncovers shocking truths and ultimately proves that the human spirit cannot be locked up. Written by STXfilms

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence including a sexual assault, and language | See all certifications »
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Hollander (Jodie Foster) tells Mohamedou (Tahar Rahim) that they will be suing Donald Rumsfeld. In the film W. (2008), Rumsfeld is played by Scott Glenn, who appeared with Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). See more »

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Features My Brother's Keeper (2020) See more »

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Written and Performed by Noura Mint Seymali
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A much better film than the recent "The Report"
25 February 2021 | by somfSee all my reviews

A lot of great talent make this a particularly riveting film. No punches are spared when it comes to how incompetent and inhumane Rumsfeld's policies were at Guantanamo. I criticized The Report for being too visceral in trying to make its point. This film had some very disturbing scenes as well but they were much more effective. You actually cared for the characters in the film. The Report and the Mauritanian make the same points, but where the Report was dry with little character development, The Mauritanian tells a fascinating personal tale.


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French | Arabic | English

Release Date:

12 February 2021 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guantanamo Diary See more »

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Mauritania See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$163,789, 14 February 2021

Gross USA:

$391,475

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$391,475
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1.33 : 1
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