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Babel (2006)

R | | Drama | 10 November 2006 (USA)
Tragedy strikes a married couple on vacation in the Moroccan desert, touching off an interlocking story involving four different families.

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(as Alejandro González Iñárritu)
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Cast

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Tom
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Lilly
Trevor Martin ...
Douglas
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Elyse
Georges Bousquet ...
Robert
Claudine Acs ...
Jane
André Oumansky ...
Walter
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James
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Barth
Wendy Nottingham ...
Tourist
Henry Maratray ...
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Linda Broughton ...
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Storyline

4 interlocking stories connected by a single gun converge at the end to reveal a complex and tragic story of the lives of humanity around the world and how we truly aren't all that different. In Morocco, a troubled married couple are on vacation trying to work out their differences. Meanwhile, a Moroccan herder buys a rifle for his sons so they can keep the jackals away from his herd. A girl in Japan dealing with rejection, the death of her mother, the emotional distance of her father, her own self-consciousness, and a disability among many other issues, deals with modern life in the enormous metropolis of Tokyo, Japan. Then, on the opposite side of the world the married couple's Mexican nanny takes the couple's 2 children with her to her son's wedding in Mexico, only to come into trouble on the return trip. Combined, it provides a powerful story and an equally powerful looking glass into the lives of seemingly random people around the world and it shows just how connected we really ... Written by Mac

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One shot, many kills. See more »

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Rated R for violence, some graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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10 November 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$389,351, 29 October 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$34,302,837

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$135,330,182
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Trivia

Alejandro G. Iñárritu and his writer Guillermo Arriaga had a big falling out over credit for the film. This stemmed mainly over credit of authorship over their previous film "21 Grams". Arriaga argued that cinema is a collaborative medium and that both he and Inarritu should have shared credit over the entire project, whereas Inarritu was claiming sole credit. As a result, Inarritu banned Arriaga from attending the 2006 Cannes Film Festival to great criticism from his peers. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 55 mins) Amelia's torn stockings from wandering in the desert repair themselves as she is brought into the immigration office. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Hassan: It's almost new. Three hundred cartridges. The guy who gave it to me said you can hit as far as three kilometers.
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Does He Who Looks for the Truth, Deserve the Truth?
Gustavo Santaolalla
Focus Features
Published by Songs of Universal, Inc. on behalf of Bleeker Songs BMI
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One of Inarritu's Best Movies Till Date.
13 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

I remember seeing Birdman about two years ago and ever since I just loved Inarritu's movies. This man has not made a bad movie yet, and i don't think he ever will. This movie deals with so many subjects and it does it perfectly.

Inarritu gives a whole new way of looking at life with one of the best movies I have ever seen. As you may know this is a kind of follow up on his previous movies, Amorres Perros and 21 Grams, and if you haven't seen them, I urge you to watch them right now, it is without a doubt some of the best movies you will ever watch. Even though I will say Amorres Perros is the best one of them, that doesn't make 21 grams or Babel any worse.

I cannot understand people that say that the 3 movies are basically the same, NO they each got their own beauty about them. Now about Babel, I really think it is a masterpiece, exploring 3 very different lives in very different places, and they are still all connected. And like the other movies it will take some time to see why they are all connected, and I also think that they are more connected than you might just go ahead and think.

The stories are just amazing, they are all equally exciting and I didn't find one thing about the movie I did not like. There are some amazing performances by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett but also by a lot of unknown actors.

I wanna finish by saying WATCH THIS MOVIE, and I promise you will not regret it. I hope you found this review helpful and I hope you will love the movie as I do. 10/10


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