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Body of Lies (2008)

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Action, Drama, Thriller |

Body of Lies is a American action thriller film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by William Monahan. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, and Mark Strong in the lead roles. Set in the Middle East, it follows the attempts of the CIA and Jordanian Intelligence to catch “al-Saleem”, a terrorist. Frustrated by their target’s elusiveness, differences in their approaches strain relations between a CIA operative, his superior, and the head of Jordanian Intelligence.

The screenplay, based on the novel of the same name by David Ignatius, examines contemporary tension between Western and Arab societies, and the comparative effectiveness of technological and human counter-intelligence methods. The film was shot largely on location in the United States and Morocco, after authorities in Dubai refused permission to film there because of the script’s political themes.

Roger Ferris is a CIA case officer in Iraq, tracking a terrorist called Al-Saleem. He meets Nizar, a member of the terrorist organization who is prepared to offer information in return for asylum in North America.

Despite the objections of his boss, Ed Hoffman, Ferris agrees to shelter Nizar. Nizar is used as a pawn to draw out the rest of his cell; when Nizar is captured, Ferris is forced to shoot him to prevent his exposing the identities of Ferris and his associate, Bassam. However, furious at Hoffman’s refusal to act on the information Nizar provided, Ferris and Bassam go to search the safe house in Balad, Iraq, Nizar had told them about. Ferris observes men burning records and attempts to bluff his way in but is exposed. In the ensuing shootout and chase, Ferris and Bassam’s vehicle is hit by an RPG. Ferris and some salvaged discs are rescued by helicopter, but Bassam is killed in the explosion.

Director: Ridley Scott

Writers: William Monahan (screenplay), David Ignatius (novel)

Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong, Golshifteh Farahani, Oscar Isaac, Ali Suliman, Alon Aboutboul

Cast:

Leonardo DiCaprioRoger Ferris
Russell CroweEd Hoffman
Mark StrongHani
Golshifteh FarahaniAisha
Oscar IsaacBassam
Ali SulimanOmar Sadiki
Alon AboutboulAl-Saleem
Vince ColosimoSkip
Simon McBurneyGarland
Mehdi NebbouNizar
Michael GastonHoliday
Kais NashifMustafa Karami
Jameel KhouryMarwan
Lubna AzabalAisha’s Sister Cala
Ghali BenlafkihAisha’s Nephew Rowley
Youssef SrondyAisha’s Nephew Yousef
Ali KhalilZayed Ibishi
Giannina FacioHoffman’s Wife
Chase EdmundsHoffman’s Son Timmy
Morgan A. VickHoffman’s Daughter
Michael StuhlbargFerris’ Attorney
Sherif EltayebExecutioner
David GanlyDoctor at Qatar Military Base
Bijan DaneshmandAmman Clinic Doctor
Houda ZbitHani’s Wife
Omar BerdouniAl-Saleem’s Lieutenant
Richard De MayoTony (as Richard DeMayo)
Clara KhouryBassam’s Wife
Abdu Rahim KashmirSafe House Jihadist
Sami SamirTaxi Driver – Syrian Border
Xanthe ElbrickManchester News Reporter
Ali AlviManchester Bomber #1
Zef BalbonaManchester Bomber #2
Vedant GokhaleManchester Bomber #3
Ran NikfamAmsterdam Bomber
Al TwanmoJapanese Tourist Husband with Camera
Ellie K. WangJapanese Tourist Wife
Allen LidkeyMedic in Helicopter
Drif SaidTurkish Engineer / Explosives Expert
Zakaria AtifiAl-Masri
William MeredithSoldier in Qatar
Howard W. OvershownPredator Room Captain
Kathy BradyPredator Room Captain #2
Quentin MarePredator Operator Langley
Matt GulbransonPredator Operator Langley #2
Jill WolseySoccer Mom
Annabelle WallisHani’s Girlfriend in Bar
Michael AlbanMission Commander
Tex AllenAmsterdam Flower Mart Customer
Omar BenbrahimAmerican Checkpoint Officer
Matt CannonYoung Detective
Larry CarterCIA Agent
Robert Randolph CatonCIA Agent
Brandon CordonTurkish Man
Thomas Joe CraigManchester Policeman
Neil DicksonBBC Newsreader (voice)
Justin DoescherDutch Policeman
Robin Atkin DownesNews Correspondent
Michael James FaradieSpecial Forces Sergeant Daniels
Johnny FerdosiUAE Prince
Bill GentrySAS Agent
Art HallMachester News Cameraman
Rami HilmiAttendant Syria
James A. HowardDutch Terrorist
Shredi JabarinJihadist
Kawan KeanAmsterdam Hooligan
Torsten KellarRussian Businessman
Aubrohn KingSAS Agent
Errol KrassManchester Man
Jordan LageCIA Analyst
Kirk LambertSpecial Air Service
T. Alloy LangenfeldRussian Worker in Amsterdam Market
John LawsonSoldier
Kevin LeighDubai Baggage Handler
Travis McHenrySAS Agent
Mike MonroeCIA Agent
Tony MooreBloodied Tourist
Dino A. MuminovicAirport Security Guard
Douglas NelsonTurkish Gang Member
Christopher PhillipsPredator Room Mission Coordinator #2
Sasha RajicManchester Resident
Devin RumerPredator Operator
Roger SandsDubai Traveler
Vasanth SantoshamSikh Milkman
Tony SmithCIA Torturer
Patrick Michael StrangeManchester UK Resident / Dubai Baggage Handler
Tom TownsendHeckler
Towanda UnderdueAfrican Diplomat
Terry WardManchester Hooligan
James E. Whitley IIISAS Agent
Aaron Lee WrightYoung Firefighter

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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