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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.

Director:

Per Fly

Writers:

Per Fly (screenplay by), Daniel Pyne (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Belçim Bilgin ... Nashim Hussani
Jacqueline Bisset ... Christina Dupre
Peshang Rad ... Hassan
Daniela Lavender ... Ruth Zekra Kal
Rachel Wilson ... Lily
Rossif Sutherland ... Trevor
Brian Markinson ... Rasnetsov
Aidan Devine ... Justin Cutter
Karim Doukkali Karim Doukkali ... Kurdish Minister
Zahir Gilani ... Bearded Man
Hattie Kragten ... Kate
Kardo Razzazi ... Abhek
Julie Khaner ... Melina Pasaris
Shauna MacDonald ... Reporter
Michael Man Michael Man ... Archives Clerk
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In October 2002, twenty-four year old Michael Sullivan moves from a job in lobbying to one in the diplomatic corps at the UN, he getting the job despite he feeling the interview having gone badly. He comes from a family of diplomats with both his father and his older sister having served - the former who was killed in 1983 in the US Embassy bombing in Beirut - and thus feels it is in his blood, his hope to make some difference in the world. He is assigned to be the assistant to Costa Pasaris - Pasha - the Undersecretary to the Oil for Food program, the largest ever humanitarian program in the organization. The program is to have Iraqi oil sold at market value with no proceeds going to the regime of Saddam Hussein, in exchange for food and medicine to the Iraqi populace who have suffered under that regime in Hussein filling his own coffers instead. Pasha quickly begins to see Michael as a trusted and valuable aide for the program, particularly against naysayers, especially internal ... Written by Huggo

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

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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Self Portrait
From the album Pop Music
Written by Todor Kobakov
Performed by Todor Kobakov
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Not tightly held together but....
14 February 2019 | by jmccrmck-65172See all my reviews

The film gets a seven rating because Ben Kingsley's acting is first rate and never less than 1st rate and over all the story will hold your interest and has some twists to it, it will keep you guessing. The romantic parts of the movie feel like they were thrown in, like a focus group or a committee made the movie and the drama is suspended for those scenes. The dialogue and character development between Ben Kingsley and Theo James make the film worth watching. Pity that the entire script did not hold up as well as the better scenes. When you see of some of the uninspired fare that the streaming giants throw money at I say this is a worthy effort.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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Language:

English | Persian | French

Release Date:

27 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Casablanca, Morocco See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$367,000
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