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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo James ... Michael
Ben Kingsley ... Pasha Pasaris
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
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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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decent movie, heavy story
2 May 2018 | by conntaSee all my reviews

As a movie the piece is nothing spectacular and as such might not capture the average movie fan but for us who like a movie based on real events this is pretty good, to me a true story based movie is almost always better than the fictional one. Before you go saying "you really believe there are 100% true movies" ill stop you right there, no, i do not, but you dont have to take the movie at face value it can inspire you to do your own research about the matter if you are interested. To be frank i dont think i (or you) ever actually heard a 100% true story, human memory is not 100%, rarely anything is, this was close enough to get the point across.

This was a very big scandal, there is a reviewer here on IMDB who stated it is a fictional movie and that he/she was actually involved in Food-for-Oil which was nothing but sunshine and rainbows. I have a hard time believing that. Why did the people involved fled, why did all those companies settled and paid enormous fines, just not to go thru a hassle of proving oneself innocent? I am sure there are very fine men and women in the UN who really try to help but any and every organization is susceptible to corruption and UN is no different, where there is power there is abuse of power.

I wish there were more movies that are doing scandals of the time past so we dont forget and dont let them repeat.


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English | Persian | French

Release Date:

27 April 2018 (USA) See more »

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$367,000
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