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Backstabbing for Beginners (2018)

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A young program coordinator at the United Nations stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves.

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Per Fly

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Per Fly (screenplay by), Daniel Pyne (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Theo James ... Michael
Ben Kingsley ... Pasha
Rachel Wilson ... Lily
Jacqueline Bisset ... Christina Dupre
Rossif Sutherland ... Trevor
Belçim Bilgin ... Nashim
Brian Markinson ... Rasnetsov
Shauna MacDonald ... Reporter
Daniela Lavender ... Ruth
Aidan Devine ... Justin Cutter
Kardo Razzazi ... Abhek
Peshang Rad ... Hassan
Hattie Kragten ... Kate
Dwight Ireland ... U.S. Customs Agent
Elena Khan ... Prisoner
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A young program coordinator at the United Nations stumbles upon a conspiracy involving Iraq's oil reserves.

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Rated R for language throughout, and some violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

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Denmark | Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dobbeltspil See more »

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$367,000
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Josh Hutcherson was set to play the lead role in this movie, but when co-Writer and Director Per Fly informed him they would be shooting in Morocco and Jordan, Hutcherson dropped out because of safety reasons. See more »

Quotes

Pasha: The first rule of diplomacy is that the truth is not a matter of fact, it's a matter of consensus.
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Oil for Food program and cheating in Iraq.
26 May 2019 | by TxMikeSee all my reviews

My wife and I watched this movie on Amazon streaming. It is based on a book presumably accurate in its analysis of the situation in 2002 and 2003.

It was shortly after the 9/11 attacks in the USA, pressure was being put on Saddam Hussein, and one UN-backed program was "oil for food" program where Iraq would supply oil and in return would get food and medicines for the suffering population.

Theo James plays the lead character, Michael, who takes a job working for the UN. His immediate boss is Ben Kingsley as Pasha, a man from Cyprus who nominally was in charge of the program. When Michael writes a summary report, including the data showing up to 30% of the money was being skimmed off illegally, Pasha took those pages and immediately shredded them. PLus food and medicines were not being distributed evenly to those in need.

This movie isn't overly interesting in its style, but the story is interesting, to show how widespread corruption is in high places all over the world.


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