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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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Ridley Scott

Writers:

William Monahan (screenplay), David Ignatius (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo DiCaprio ... Roger Ferris
Russell Crowe ... Ed Hoffman
Mark Strong ... Hani
Golshifteh Farahani ... Aisha
Oscar Isaac ... Bassam
Ali Suliman ... Omar Sadiki
Alon Aboutboul ... Al-Saleem
Vince Colosimo ... Skip
Simon McBurney ... Garland
Mehdi Nebbou ... Nizar
Michael Gaston ... Holiday
Kais Nashif ... Mustafa Karami
Jameel Khoury ... Marwan
Lubna Azabal ... Aisha's Sister Cala
Ghali Benlafkih Ghali Benlafkih ... Aisha's Nephew Rowley
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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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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

10 October 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Penetration See more »

Filming Locations:

Amman, Jordan See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,884,416, 12 October 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$39,394,666

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$115,097,286
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Amsterdam scene in the picture was actually shot at Eastern Market, a historic marketplace in Southeast Washington, DC, which hosts weekend food and flea market vendors. It was shot on a hot September day, though extras had to suffer wearing heavy clothing for what was supposed to be a cool fall day. The car explosions were really staged - not special effects. See more »

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When Roger Ferris drives to Aisha's house afraid of her has been taking by terrorist, for a second, in a left turn you can watch a Morocco's flag and also the front side of a Moroccan post office. 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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Engaging, intelligent
11 October 2008 | by jemps918See all my reviews

V. well-made; everyone from the cast and crew pulled their own weight in Body of Lies.

Director Ridley Scott's genius shines through what could have been another unpalatable, trite topic of the US' relations with the Middle East and terrorism. He expertly unravels the story of CIA operative Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio) who is assigned to flush out an evasive terrorist who is blowing up public places all over the world. Ferris is increasingly frustrated with his boss Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe)'s impatience and double dealings, which more than once puts himself in jeopardy, challenges the trust he is trying to build with Jordanian leader Hani (Mark Strong) and his budding romance with the pretty Palestinian nurse Aisha (Golshifteh Farahani).

DiCaprio just keeps getting better and better as he is now more able to lose himself in a role and successfully shed the pretty. Crowe does well in an understated but dangerously quiet role as a Washington-based puppetmaster. The versatile Italian-Austrian Andy Garcia-lookalike Strong is fantastic as the powerful Hani, while Farahani's face lights up the screen and turns in a memorable performance as well.

The attention to detail in this movie is just awesome; the action sequences are not over the top but satisfactory enough to not lose the main storyline despite the complex thread of subplots. Overall, an engaging, intelligently-made film.


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