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Four Lions (2010)

R | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 7 May 2010 (UK)
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Four incompetent British terrorists set out to train for and commit an act of terror.

Director:

Christopher Morris (as Chris Morris)

Writers:

Christopher Morris (as Chris Morris), Sam Bain | 2 more credits »
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Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 24 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Riz Ahmed ... Omar
Arsher Ali ... Hassan
Nigel Lindsay ... Barry
Kayvan Novak ... Waj
Adeel Akhtar ... Faisal
Julia Davis ... Alice
Craig Parkinson ... Matt
Preeya Kalidas ... Sofia
Wasim Zakir Wasim Zakir ... Ahmed
Mohamad Akil Mohamad Akil ... Mahmood (as Mohammad Aqil)
Karl Seth Karl Seth ... Uncle Imran
Waleed Elgadi ... Khalid (as Willliam El-Gardi)
Alex Macqueen ... Malcolm Storge MP (as Alex MacQueen)
Shameem Ahmad ... Chairwoman
Jonathan Maitland Jonathan Maitland ... Newsreader (as Jonny Maitland)
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Storyline

Four Lions tells the story of a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to the breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. In a storm of razor-sharp verbal jousting and large-scale set pieces, Four Lions is a comic tour de force; it shows that-while terrorism is about ideology-it can also be about idiots. Written by Sundance Film Festival

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Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, including some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

UK | France

Language:

English | Urdu | Arabic

Release Date:

7 May 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Boilerhouse See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£608,608 (United Kingdom), 9 May 2010, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,512, 7 November 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$304,137, 18 February 2011
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The market location where the trip to Pakistan was shot, is actually a city in India called Hyderabad. The license plates of the vehicles give this out. See more »

Goofs

The terrorist instructor has a belt of ammunition over his shoulder. These are fake as they have no primers. See more »

Quotes

Barry: [car breaks down] Fuck, Fuck, fuck it!
Omar: Did you fix this then, Barry?
Barry: Yes, I fixed it!
Omar: Did ya?
Barry: It's the parts... they're Jewish.
Omar: What parts in a car are Jewish?
[pause]
Omar: Hmm?
Fessal: Spark plugs.
Barry: Spark plugs! Jews invented spark plugs to control global traffic.
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Crazy Credits

One sheep was blown up in the making of this film See more »

Connections

Referenced in Reggie & Thunderbirds: No Strings Attached (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Nasheed
From the album 'Songs of Arabic Struggle'
Licensed courtesy of Halaqah Media
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Solidly funny. Poignant. Educative.
1 May 2011 | by dangabrielSee all my reviews

We can reliably expect the British to attack the unassailable, to break conventions and taboos, to go where no Hollywood would dare upon the pain of financial ruin and political corectness' ostracizing. So here comes the mujahid director Chris Morris, with a very believable cast of British would-be terrorists.

The humour is solid, at times subtle and inducted gently and other times visually compelling, evident laughter. The would be martyrs run out of power while shooting their farewell video. They use replica guns. Any malfunctioning car has "Jewish parts" in it. They want to bomb mosques to "awaken the moderates" all during which they must beware of being monitored. Their biggest fear is being captured by the US forces and force-fed Viagra, then shown on YouTube having sex with dogs. And it goes on and on 'till it hurts.

The extras come with some very educative research segments on real-life interviews with Muslims in the UK and the actual race-relations today.

The movie fills a very necessary space, as one of those liberty of expression landmarks which will make us regard the suicide bombers as not only criminals, but hopelessly stupid. Must see watching! read my other reviews at https://sites.google.com/site/dan4gabriel/


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