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Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)

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A young program coordinator at the United Nations stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves.


Per Fly


Per Fly (screenplay by), Daniel Pyne (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Theo James ... Michael
Ben Kingsley ... Pasha
Jacqueline Bisset ... Christina Dupre
Rossif Sutherland ... Trevor
Belçim Bilgin ... Nashim
Rachel Wilson ... Lily
Brian Markinson ... Rasnetsov
Shauna MacDonald ... Reporter
Daniela Lavender ... Ruth
Aidan Devine ... Justin Cutter
Hattie Kragten ... Kate
Peshang Rad ... Hassan
Mishu Vellani ... Award Presenter
Abbas Abdulghani ... Kurdish Imam
Dwight Ireland ... U.S. Customs Agent


A young program coordinator at the United Nations stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves.

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Rated R for language throughout, and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Josh Hutcherson was set to play the lead role in this movie, but when co-Writer and Director Per Fly informed him they would be shooting in Morocco and Jordan, Hutcherson dropped out because of safety reasons. See more »


Pasha: The first rule of diplomacy is that the truth is not a matter of fact, it's a matter of consensus.
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Decent enough film worth watching, but not a must see.
7 May 2018 | by apjcSee all my reviews

It's predictable but interesting enough to see it through. Fails to name names other than the usual sacrificial scapegoat major organisations toss out to the wolves - I.E. press and public. The U.N. is generally considered a useless talking shop, but there's literally billions of pounds sloshing around it's various departments. This film retells what is the tip of the iceberg, add in national foreign aid programmes you understand why certain leaders of poor countries end up with more income than the nations GDP. To paraphrase Churchill, capitalism is awful but it's the best we've got. I do agree with others who mentioned the pointless even annoying expletives used by the Kingsley character. Some points yes it would have been effective, but you end up thinking is he some old school mafia boss or a U.N. under secretary.

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