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Beirut (2018)

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Caught in the crossfires of civil war, CIA operatives must send a former U.S. diplomat to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.

Director:

Brad Anderson

Writer:

Tony Gilroy
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Mason Skiles
Jay Potter ... Congressman
Khalid Benchagra Khalid Benchagra ... Nadim (as Khalid Benchegra)
Ania Josse Ania Josse ... Partygoer #1
Angus John Crisford Pritchard-Gordon Angus John Crisford Pritchard-Gordon ... Partygoer #2
Yoav Sadian Yoav Sadian ... Karim (13 Years Old) (as Yoav Sadian Rosenberg)
Leïla Bekhti ... Nadia Skiles
Kate Fleetwood ... Alice Riley
Mark Pellegrino ... Cal Riley
Abdesselam Bounouacha Abdesselam Bounouacha ... Partygoer #3 (as Abdesselam Abounouacha)
Colin Stinton ... Mr. Jones
Mustapha Touki Mustapha Touki ... Gunman
Youssef El Hibaqui Youssef El Hibaqui ... Gunman (as Youssef El Hibaoui)
Aziz Attougui Aziz Attougui ... Gunman
Hichame Ouraqa Hichame Ouraqa ... Abu Rajal (as Hicham Ouraqa)
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Storyline

Mason Skiles had a great life as a diplomat in Beirut. He and his wife, Nadia, live in a beautiful house and have been mentoring a thirteen year-old Palestinian boy named Karim. The opening scene is a party that the Stiles are hosting for other dignitaries. Karim is helping out serving the guests. When a CIA friend of Mason, Cal, comes to the party he is interested only in taking Karim in for questioning about an older brother Mason doesn't know about. What happens that night changes Mason's life forever, along several others at the party...

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The Americans want to keep their secrets. The Israelis want to raise the stakes. He only wants to save a life. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some violence and a brief nude image | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Arabic | French

Release Date:

11 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High Wire Act See more »

Filming Locations:

Tangier, Morocco See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,734,497, 15 April 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$5,019,226, 14 June 2018

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,586,621, 14 June 2018
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In an unsettling irony, the movie's story about terrorist violence almost got derailed by local extremists. Across the street from the film's production offices, authorities discovered an ISIS cell. There, Islamic terrorists had reportedly built a bomb, and were planning to blow up a nearby McDonald's on the first day of Ramadan. "We saw these ISIS guys getting captured right in front of our offices," producer Mark Weber recalled. "The security people said - 'We got them. Don't worry about it'." See more »

Goofs

Several of the vehicles are from the wrong era, specifically a Cadillac limousine in the 1972 scenes, and a Jeep Wrangler in the 1982 scenes. See more »

Quotes

Mason Skiles: You're not hallucinating. It's me Mason.
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Connections

Referenced in The Story of 'Beirut' (2018) See more »

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All Out of Love
Written by Clive Davis & Graham Russell
Performed by Zineb Srairi, Yasser Dway & Noureddine Tsouli
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******* Hostages
11 April 2018 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

That's the basis for this taut, fast-paced actioner set in the Middle East of the 70's. John Hamm is a State Dept. negotiator coaxed out of retirement to find an American operative held by (select one) the Palestinians, Israelis, Lebanese or maybe the PLO. Be sure to bring a pad and pencil to keep track of the cast and which side they are on, because you never know in "Beirut".

For some reason, this picture is getting bad ratings from IMDb contributors. I don't know if here is a Hollywood conspiracy against it, but the bad reviewers are way off. "Beirut" needs to be seen by fans of edge-of-your-seat thriller fans. Just pay close attention as some info goes by quickly, which is in keeping with the complex plot and brisk pace of the movie.

My star rating is in the heading. The website no longer prints mine.


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