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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.


Kevin Macdonald


Michael Bronner (screenplay by) (as M.B. Traven), Rory Haines (screenplay by) | 4 more credits »
21 ( 140)
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Tahar Rahim ... Mohamedou Ould Slahi
Nouhe Hamady Bari Nouhe Hamady Bari ... Mohamedou's Niece
Saadna Hamoud Saadna Hamoud ... Groom at Wedding
Mohamed Yeslem Mousse Mohamed Yeslem Mousse ... Wedding Guest
Mohamed Abderrahmane Arava Mohamed Abderrahmane Arava ... Wedding Guest
Aly Deyde Aly Deyde ... Wedding Guest
El Hocine Aba El Hocine Aba ... Wedding Guest (as El Hacen Aba)
Baya Belal Baya Belal ... Mohamedou's Mother
Baba Mine Baba Mine ... Deddahi
Lemrabott Zeine Sidamar Lemrabott Zeine Sidamar ... Policeman
Yenje Abdellahi Yenje Abdellahi ... Policeman
Jodie Foster ... Nancy Hollander
Shailene Woodley ... Teri Duncan
Clayton Boyd ... Lawyer
Denis Ménochet ... Emmanuel


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 »

Did You Know?


Nancy Hollander (Jodie Foster) recruits Teri Duncan (Shailene Woodley) to translate French. Foster is in fact quite fluent in French. She delivered her commencement address in French and has even appeared in a French language film (A Very Long Engagement (2004)). See more »


Nancy Hollander: It doesn't matter what we believe. What matters is what we can prove.
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References Law & Order (1990) 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 »

Filming Locations:

Mauritania See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$163,789, 14 February 2021

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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