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A Hologram for the King (2016)

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A failed American sales rep looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company's product to a wealthy monarch.

Director:

Tom Tykwer

Writers:

Dave Eggers (novel), Tom Tykwer (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Hanks ... Alan
Omar Elba ... Yousef (as Alexander Black)
Sarita Choudhury ... Zahra
Sidse Babett Knudsen ... Hanne
Tracey Fairaway ... Kit
Jane Perry ... Ruby
Tom Skerritt ... Ron
Michael Baral ... Young Ron
Lewis Rainer ... Young Alan
Alexander Molkenthin Alexander Molkenthin ... Kid Alan
Xara Eich Xara Eich ... Young Kit
David Menkin ... Brad
Christy Meyer ... Cayley
Megan Maczko ... Rachel
Ben Whishaw ... Dave
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Storyline

A failed American sales rep looks to recoup his losses by traveling to Saudi Arabia and selling his company's product to a wealthy monarch.

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Taglines:

How far will you go to find yourself?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality/nudity, language and brief drug use | See all certifications »

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UK | France | Germany | Mexico | USA

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

28 April 2016 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Esperando al rey See more »

Filming Locations:

Ouarzazate, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,138,605, 24 April 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,198,126, 26 June 2016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color | Black and White (some shots)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Yousef tells Alan that the only place he has visited in the United States is Alabama. Alan, surprised, asks him, "Why Alabama?" Yousef responds, "You mean because I was the only Arab for 1,000 miles? I had a scholarship for one year in Birmingham." Birmingham, Alabama, actually has one of the oldest and most established Arab American and Middle Eastern communities in the Deep South. For example, the Lebanese-American community in Birmingham was established in the late 1800s. In 1910, St. Elias Maronite Catholic Church (the Maronites being a division of Catholicism with roots in the countries that are now Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Israel) was established; as of April 2018, their Lebanese Food and Cultural Festival is one of the longest-running food festivals in Birmingham. See more »

Goofs

The passport stamp shows 09-25-2010 as entry date, however the visa on the next page has an issuance date of 07/09/2014, so 4 years later. Also, the stamp doesn't have the right design. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alan: [mimicking The Talking Heads in his music video TV commercial] You may find yourself living in your garden shack. And you may find yourself not at home in your home. And you may find yourself looking for your large automobile. And you may find yourself without a beautiful house. Without a beautiful wife. And you may ask yourself "Well, how did I get here?"
Alan: [riding a roller coaster for the chorus] Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was.
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Never Can Say Goodbye
Performed by The Communards
(P) 1987 London Records Ltd.
Courtesy of Warner Music Group Germany Holding Gmbh. A Warner Music Group Company
Words and Music by Clifton Davis
(C) Jobete Music Co. Inc./EMI Music Publishing Germany Gmbh (Sub Publisher)
Courtesy of EMI Music Publishing Germany Gmbh
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A Hologram for the King: A good film. Besides: is there such thing as a bad Tom Hanks' film?
31 July 2016 | by niutta-enricoSee all my reviews

A good film about being 60, being alone, being abroad and being open-minded.

Tom Hanks is a troubled man sent to KSA to sell something on behalf of a big American Corporate. And there he clashes with Arabic Culture in his usual thoughtful and suspended-judgment way.

I won't tell you what happens, of course, but after a quick look to the other reviews (someone even claims to have fallen asleep) I understood that not everyone have liked it. And I'm surprised but I won't comment.

I would just say, for those who could possibly share my feelings, that this was a good film: interesting, clever and not slow at all. Just, maybe, a little different. Images are great and the story depicts nicely our difficult times. Besides: is there a such thing as a bad Tom Hanks' film?


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