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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.

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Per Fly

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Per Fly (screenplay by), Daniel Pyne (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Jacqueline Bisset ... Christina Dupre
Theo James ... Michael
Ben Kingsley ... Pasha
Belçim Bilgin ... Nashim
Rachel Wilson ... Lily
Rossif Sutherland ... Trevor
Brian Markinson ... Rasnetsov
Shauna MacDonald ... Reporter
Daniela Lavender ... Ruth
Aidan Devine ... Justin Cutter
Dwight Ireland ... U.S. Customs Agent
Peshang Rad ... Hassan
Mishu Vellani ... Award Presenter
Hattie Kragten ... Kate
Carlos Pinder ... Cabbie
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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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Josh Hutcherson was set to play the lead role in this film but when director Per Fly informed him they would be shooting in Morocco and Jordan, Hutcherson dropped out because of safety reasons. See more »

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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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Dramatic Tension Should Have Been Higher Here
25 April 2018 | by Larry SilversteinSee all my reviews

Apparently a fictionalized account of Michael Soussan's 2008 memoir of the same name. Theo James stars as Michael Sulliivan, a 24-year-old hired for a high position at the United Nations to help administer the Oil-for-Food program in Iraq after the First Gulf War. He'll be a Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General (Ben Kingsley).

The seemingly naive Michael will soon find himself in the midst of massive corruption, kickbacks, yes-backstabbing, and even murder, with so many billions of dollars at stake. Some of the decision making by him and others had me often shaking my head in disbelief. Moving into the ridiculous, why did Kingsley's character "Pasha" find it necessary to use the "f" word in just about every sentence?

Overall, just not enough dramatic tension here to make this a really engrossing movie. It did have its moments but I can't rate it higher than fair.


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