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Body of Lies (2008)

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A CIA agent on the ground in Jordan hunts down a powerful terrorist leader while being caught between the unclear intentions of his American supervisors and Jordan Intelligence.

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Storyline

Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Trust no one. See more »


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

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10 October 2008 (USA)  »

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$70,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,884,416 (USA) (10 October 2008)

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$39,380,442 (USA) (9 January 2009)
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Mark Strong initially turned down a role because his wife was pregnant. He changed his mind after his wife encouraged him to take the role anyway. See more »

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Almost every time Hoffman and Ferris are on the phone with each other, there is a bright daylight in the background of both, although there is 8 to 9 hours difference between Hoffman's location (Langley) and Ferris' location (various places in the Middle East). See more »

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Title Card: I and the public know what all schoolchildren learn, those to whom evil is done, do evil in return. - W.H. Auden
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Referenced in Honest Trailers: Gladiator (2016) See more »

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Dark Ages
Written by Necmi Cavli
Performed by Oojami
Courtesy of Mac3 Artists, Inc.
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Good movie, but a bit forgettable
20 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have really liked Leonardo DiCaprio's films since he came back from his hiatus (esp Blood Diamond). However, this one was quite forgettable. I enjoyed the movie when I was in the theater and left thinking "Huh. That was pretty good". But the week after someone asked what movie I saw and I couldn't remember. It reminded me a lot of "The Kingdom" actually (the feel, not the details). It was a very well made film, dialog and script were good, just nothing really stood out and grabbed me. Leo was the shine, he is such a talented actor and I was happy to see him in a great role. I just wish the plot had something fantastic in it to make it into a great film.


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