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Jim: The James Foley Story (2016)

An in-depth look at the life and work of American journalist James Foley, who was killed by ISIS terrorists in 2014.


Brian Oakes
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »




Credited cast:
James Foley ... Self (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Unai Aranzadi Unai Aranzadi ... Self - Photojournalist
Zac Baillie Zac Baillie ... Self - Photojournalist
Manu Brabo Manu Brabo ... Self - Photojournalist
Ben Chase ... Jim - recreations
Merritt Chase Merritt Chase ... Hostage
Yuri Danilov Yuri Danilov ... Hostage
Charles DePiero Charles DePiero ... Hostage
Tom Durkin Tom Durkin ... Self
Mosa'ab Elshamy Mosa'ab Elshamy ... Self - Photojournalist
John Foley Sr. John Foley Sr. ... Self
Diane Foley Diane Foley ... Self
Katie Foley Katie Foley ... Self
Mark Foley Mark Foley ... Self
Michael Foley Michael Foley ... Self


In August 2014, the video execution of American journalist James Foley by ISIS exposed the world to the new face of terror. Directed by Foley's childhood friend Brian Oakes,, this powerful, gut-wrenching documentary tells Foley's tragic story through interviews with his family, friends and colleagues, while his fellow hostages reveal the chilling details of their captivity. Written by Jwelch5742

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James Foley: I was horrified to learn how much my friends and family had done to help me.I was inspired and horrified. It was a weird feeling of like going to your own funeral.
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On the battlefront with a camera.
24 February 2017 | by Reno-RanganSee all my reviews

I thought it had a chance at the Oscars. But after checking out the nominees again, I realised it's in there, except a place in the list of Original Song. Having watched it, I know it is not a masterpiece as it should have been, but the film's intention was fulfilled. They have revealed everything we wanted to know. Everything from the Jim's perspective, though his friends and family. In some way this film can be compared to 'Into the Wild'. The only difference is what kind of challenge those two were chosen to face. In one, about the nature and in another, made made.

A man with no ambition, but he was desperate to do something and then finally he discovered what it is. So James Foley was an average American and had his family's backing of whatever he wanted to do with his life. But shocked them by announcing to be a photojournalist on the battlefront. His first volunteer assignment was in Libya. Made a few friends and ventured together to get what they wanted. Soon a terrible thing happened, but he did not back off. Following that he went to Syria and can he be second time lucky, is what the remaining tale discloses for us.

❝Jim has a million dollar resume and a ten cent interview.❞

First of all, I knew Jame Foley story through the media coverages when it hit the headline a couple of years ago. But I did not know this film was based on that, until I saw it. Not easy to watch if you have already known what's going to happen at the end or seen the original clip. I was uncomfortable watching the entire film. Because I think I'm too soft for such kind of conclusion. All I know is if it was the Bush administration, the response would have been different.

The film was directed by the Jim's childhood friend. I hope someday someone would make a feature film based on this documentary. If you had seen 'A Thousand Time Good Night', you would know what it is like to be in a combat zone. A similar kind of film, but the result was different. Those being the conflict journalists are really very brave to be at the frontline with the cameras, not the guns. Bullets and bombs flying everything, just one hit, totally fatal. Hats off to them to let us know what's happening in those parts of the world.

It covered well, all the basic information about Jim, before entering to the crucial section. When you know enough about him, you start to feel and see from his perspective. There are some recreated accounts, just to give the original effect. But you have to have your own imagination, as much as possible realistic like when you do for reading books. Because that's where it little slipped away, otherwise, and still it is a great documentary. This is a must see film, particularly if you are familiar with the name James Foley.


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