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Syriana (2005)

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Original Title : Syriana
Director : Stephen Gaghan
Writer : Robert Baer
Stephen Gaghan
Genre : Drama
Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Sarah Bradshaw , George Clooney , Ben Cosgrove , Jennifer Fox , Georgia Kacandes , Elizabeth Kirkscey , Shannon Lail , Michael Nozik , Jeff Skoll , Steven Soderbergh
Music : Alexandre Desplat
Photography : Robert Elswit
Distributor : Warner Bros.
MPAA Rating : Rated R for violence and language.
IMDB ID : 0365737
Official site : http://syrianamovie.warnerbros.com/
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Starring

Kayvan Novak Arash
George Clooney Bob Barnes
Amr Waked Mohammed Sheik Agiza
Christopher Plummer Dean Whiting
Jeffrey Wright Bennett Holiday
Chris Cooper Jimmy Pope
Robert Foxworth Tommy Barton
Nicky Henson Sydney Hewitt
Nicholas Art Riley Woodman
Matt Damon Bryan Woodman
Amanda Peet Julie Woodman
Steven Hinkle Max Woodman
Daisy Tormé Rebecca
Peter Gerety Leland Janus
Richard Lintern Bryan's Boss
Jocelyn Quivrin Vincent
Mazhar Munir Wasim Khan
Shahid Ahmed Saleem Ahmed Khan
Bikram Singh Bhamra Pakistani Translator
Roger Yuan Chinese Engineer
Jayne Atkinson Division Chief
Thomas McCarthy Fred Franks (as Tom McCarthy
Jamey Sheridan Terry
Randall Boffman Distinguished Gentleman
Tony French Distinguished Gentleman
Max Minghella Robby Barnes
Katie Foster Nervous Daughter
Nadim Sawalha Emir Hamed Al-Subaai
Alexander Siddig Prince Nasir Al-Subaai
Ozzie Yue Chinese Oil Executive
Akbar Kurtha Prince Meshal Al-Subaai
Sonnell Dadral Farooq (as Sonell Dadral
Jon Lee Anderson Himself
Othman Bin Hendi Arab Businessman
Bashar Atiyat Nasir's Aide (as Bashar H. Atiyat
Ali Al Amine Older Kid at Pool
William Charles Mitchell Bennett Holiday Sr. (as William C. Mitchell
Tim Blake Nelson Danny Dalton
Ahmed Aa Mohammed Abu Khalifa
Ahmed Ayoub Pakistani Teenager
Mohammed Asad Khan Pakistani Teenager
Atta Mohammed Saleh Old Man
Aziz Zacca Policeman
David Clennon Donald
Omar Mostafa The Cleric
Saïd Amadis Reza Reyhani
David J. Manners Egypt Bureau Chief
Jamil Jabbar Supplicant
Badria Timimi Nasir's Wife
William Hurt Stan
Mohamed Majd Said Hossein Hashimi (as Mohammed Majd
Mark Strong Mussawi
Driss Roukhe Guard
Katherine Hoskins Mackey Paralegal
Linda E. Williams Paralegal
Susan Allenback Paralegal
William L. Thomas Paralegal
El Mahjoub Raji Hashimi's Man
Michael Stone Forrest CIA Security Officer
Robert Baer CIA Security Officer
Fritz Michel Hotel Security Guard
Bob Fajkowski Secretary of Defense
Jeff Baker Tommy's Lawyer
Tarik Tamzali Nasir's Secretary
Mitesh Soni Martyr
Tootsie Duvall Assistant at CIA
Nabeel Noman Bedouin Leader
Ryan Murphy Drone Tech
Will McCormack Willy
Donna Mitchell Pat Janus
James Plannette Connex Functionary
Michael Allinson Sir David
William Gerad Jones Kid in Diner Scene (uncredited
Kerry Meushaw CIA Agent (uncredited
David Michie Home Seal Security Guard (voice
 

Plot

From writer/director Stephen Gaghan, winner of the Best Screenplay Academy Award for Traffic, comes Syriana, a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigue of the global oil industry. From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, the film's multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative (George Clooney) begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig). A corporate lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager (Mazhar Munir) falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
 

Comments

A political slap in the face reality check, 14 December 2005 Author: nolarobert from United States I walked out of this movie feeling pretty depressed. As a historian, I always knew there have been forces at work in our society that act against the best interest of the average citizen. This film does an excellent job of illustrating just how politics and big business conspire to preserve the status quo which also protects their power and profits. The global interaction depicted in this film shows how all actions have consequences. The thirst our nation has for oil drives the kind of political and business policies that cause anger and hatred towards our nation. This oil addiction has led to an unjust war that was started on lies and disinformation. The result has been the deaths of over 2000 US servicemen and women, thousands more injured and tens of thousands Iraqi dead and wounded. This act has been the best tool Islamic terrorist groups have ever had in attracting followers and money to their cause. Those that attack this film obviously buy into the fantasy that America is involved in Iraq and the Middle East due to our sincere desire to spread "democracy." Anyone who is willing to have an open mind will find this film to be chilling for the implications of the storyline. This film is a must see for those who care about how the behavior of our government and big business impacts us in our everyday lives and how it will contribute to further terrorist attacks for decades to come. A well researched story with excellent actors for the numerous roles. I will buy this as soon as it comes out on DVD.
 
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