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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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Brad Anderson

Writer:

Tony Gilroy
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Cast

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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Beirut: 1982. The Paris of the Middle East Was Burning. See more »

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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

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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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To document the native grit and vitality of the city of Tangier portraying the city of Beirut, director Brad Anderson enlisted Belgian cinematographer Bjorn Charpentier to serve as the film's director of photography. Winner of the Cannes Grand Prix award for his Leica television commercial "Iconic", Charpentier readily embraced Anderson's rough-hewn aesthetic. "Brad wanted Beirut to be dark and dirty and fast, not too clean like an American movie but more European style," said Charpentier, who studied Roger Deakins' hand-held camera work in the U.S.A-Mexico border thriller 'Sicario' (2015) as a model of taut filmmaking. "Brad wanted to shoot everything handheld with two cameras so we could stay with the actors' energy and keep on rolling." 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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Soundtracks

Should I or Should I Not?
Written by Patrick DeRemer (as Pat Deremer) & Damon Danielson
Performed by Sue Ann Carwell
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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A Solid Thriller, Enjoyable, Should be on Your List
8 August 2018 | by rbolepdxSee all my reviews

As a movie this is a solid, dependable thriller with a really solid performance by Jon Hamm, as well as by a range of supporting players who turn in good, taunt performances. The one exception is Rosamund Pike whom is a great actor, but is ill-used. I suspect there were a number of scenes left on the editing floor.

This movie will be controversial because of its depictions of Beirut, as well as lack of agency of the Lebanese people. These criticisms are valid, but at the same time it is very hard for Hollywood, let alone a Western director and writer to get the right nuance and tension of the period AND make a successful movie. To the critics, you have a point, but this is a thriller, not a documentary.

If you are looking for a modern spy/espionage movie, this should be on your list. Plus I would love to see more Jon Hamm in these types of roles...well done.


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