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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.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mason Skiles
... Congressman
Khalid Benchagra ... Nadim (as Khalid Benchegra)
Ania Josse ... Partygoer #1
Angus John Crisford Pritchard-Gordon ... Partygoer #2
Yoav Sadian ... Karim (13 Years Old) (as Yoav Sadian Rosenberg)
... Nadia Skiles
... Alice Riley
... Cal Riley
Abdesselam Bounouacha ... Partygoer #3 (as Abdesselam Abounouacha)
... Mr. Jones
Mustapha Touki ... Gunman
Youssef El Hibaqui ... Gunman (as Youssef El Hibaoui)
Aziz Attougui ... Gunman
Hichame Ouraqa ... Abu Rajal (as Hicham Ouraqa)
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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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Beirut: 1982 - The Paris of the Middle East Was Burning

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

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11 April 2018 (USA)  »

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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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Writer-producer Tony Gilroy revealed to Kevin Smith at the IMDb Studio at Sundance 2018 that Beirut (2018) was sprung from political conversations he had with a fellow producer on the set of The Cutting Edge (1992), which Gilroy wrote. See more »

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Mason Smiles (Jon Hamm) warns that the operation may "go sideways." The movie is set in 1982 but this phrase wasn't commonly used until the early 2000's. See more »

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Thoughtful, tense thriller - ignore the haters with irrelevant agendas
8 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

Where this film was shot is irrelevant. "Casablanca" was short on the Warner Bros. lot, so what -- it's garbage?

"Beirut" is a complex, multi-layered thriller, reminiscent of conspiracy thrillers of the '70s. But unlike those earlier thrillers, which though much beloved by me are somewhat dated by their breathless realization that governments lie and conspire and murder, "Beirut" tells its story with a modern sensibility. Yes, CIA was complicit in so much, but individual human beings, even those in CIA, lived and loved and aspired to connect to the people around them -- in this case, the people of Lebanon. Is everyone in the cast Lebanese? I don't know. But I suspect a search through the IMDB cast list will reveal much more authenticity in the casting than the naysayers here complain about. And remember, Beirut was considered the Paris of the Middle East, a cosmopolitan crossroads of cultures. Within the confines of a taut story about the kidnapping of a CIA officer and an outsider's attempt to rescue him while still maintaining some sense of dignity for himself and for the locals he's known for years, the film expertly capture the sadness of a semi-paradise turned hell.

Jon Hamm, Rosamund Pike and the rest of the cast are excellent. This is a story about American actions in a foreign land. There's enough blame to go around -- CIA, Mossad, the White House -- all have their competing agendas. That this American film focuses on American CIA and State Dept. characters, and a couple of key Lebanese characters, is hardly a weak point.


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