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Rendition (2007)

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Drama, Thriller |

Rendition is a American political thriller film directed by Gavin Hood and starring Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, Jake Gyllenhaal and Omar Metwally. It centers on the controversial CIA practice of extraordinary rendition and is based on the true story of Khalid El-Masri, who was mistaken for Khalid al-Masri.

In North Africa, CIA analyst Douglas Freeman briefs an agent. A suicide attack kills the agent and 18 civilians; the target was high-ranking police official Abbas-i “Abasi” Fawal, a liaison for the United States who conducts interrogations with techniques amounting to torture, but Fawal is unharmed.

Egyptian-born Anwar El-Ibrahimi, a chemical engineer living in Chicago with his mother, his pregnant wife Isabella, and their young son, is believed linked to known terrorist Rashid by records indicating several calls to Anwar’s cellphone. Returning from a conference in South Africa, Anwar is detained by American officials and sent to a secret facility near the earlier attack, where he is interrogated and tortured.

Isabella is not informed of her husband’s whereabouts, and nearly all evidence of his being on the plane at Cape Town International Airport is erased.

Freeman, assigned to observe Anwar’s interrogation by Fawal, is doubtful of Anwar’s guilt, but CIA superior Corrine Whitman insists such treatments are necessary to save potential victims of terrorism.

Director: Gavin Hood

Writer: Kelley Sane

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, Jake Gyllenhaal, Omar Metwally

Cast:

Jake GyllenhaalDouglas Freeman
Reese WitherspoonIsabella Fields El-Ibrahimi
Meryl StreepCorrine Whitman
Alan ArkinSenator Hawkins
Peter SarsgaardAlan Smith
Omar MetwallyAnwar El-Ibrahimi
Igal NaorAbasi Fawal
Hadar Ratzon RotemSafiya (as Hadar Ratzon)
J.K. SimmonsLee Mayer
Simon AbkarianSaid Abdel Aziz
Moa KhouasKhalid El-Emin
Zineb OukachFatima Fawal
Aramis KnightJeremy El-Ibrahimi
Rosie Malek-YonanNuru El-Ibrahimi
Laila MrabtiLina Fawal
David FabrizioWilliam Dixon
Mounir MargoumRani
Driss RoukheBahi
Bob GuntonLars Whitman
Del Hunter-WhiteDC Female Security Guard
MrabtiBoubker FahmiSenior Prison Guard (as Boubker Fahmi)
Nava ZivSamia Fawal
Reymonde AmsallemLayla Fawal (as Reymond Amsellem)
Wendy PhillipsSamantha
Christian MartinSenator Lewis’ Aide
Hassam GhancyHamadi
Najib OudghiriOmar Adnan
Omar SalimRashid Salimi
Bunnie RiveraCorinne’s Housekeeper
Noureddine AberdineStudent Leader
Mohamed El Habib AhamdaneHamadi’s 2nd in Command
Fatima RegraguiKhalid’s Grandmother (as Fatima Reguragui)
Anne BetancourtSharon Lopez
Salaheddine Ben ChegraAl Jazeera Newscaster
Natalia ZonovaFrench Tourist
Hassan HammouchHospital Doctor (as Hassan Hammouche)
Skylar T. AdamsCIA Agent at DC Airport (as Skylar Adams)
Tim ThomasCIA Agent at DC Airport
Richard DortonCIA Agent at DC Airport
Abdellah LamsabhiTea House Owner
Lasfer AbdelghniHamid, Douglas’ Driver (as Lasfar Abdelghani)
Floella BenjaminCIA Staffer
Akram AllieCape Town Businessman
Michael DubeCape Town Businessman
Pope JerrodCape Town Businessman
Anthony WattersonCape Town Businessman
Marisia MorenoWoman Who Helps Isabella
Tanane BoussifPrison Soldier
Lofti HassanTaxi Driver (as Lotfi Hassan)
El Oualid MezouarDonkey Cart Driver
Craig JohnsonCapitol Hill Police
Wade HarlanCapitol Hill Police
Derek HansenReception Guest
Steve TomReception Guest
Robert ClotworthyReception Guest
Muna OtaruSenate Staffer (as Muna Otari)
Nick TothCNN Announcer
David RandolphTodd Hamilton
Mustapha LouchouKhalid’s Brother
Marina AndersonNeighbor with Collie (uncredited)
David BlackJanitor (uncredited)
Lee CogburnDC Airport Passenger (uncredited)
Elaine Anne FurstLabor and Delivery Nurse (uncredited)
Paul HodgeCapitol Hill Officer (uncredited)
Sammy OussamaBusiness Man (uncredited)
Tom RaleyDC Male Security Guard (uncredited)
Jason RoehmSecret Service (uncredited)
Joseph Andrew SchneiderSecurity Officer (uncredited)
Levi TinkerPress Member (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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