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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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Taglines:

The Americans want to keep their secrets. The Israelis want to raise the stakes. He only wants to save a life. See more »

Genres:

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 | French

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

Gross USA:

$5,019,226

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,509,436
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actor Jon Hamm said that the willingness of his character Mason Skiles to engage in dialogue stood in stark contrast to the current political climate. "Everything's so polarized now that you can't say anything for fear of being a traitor to your party or a traitor to your country or a traitor to your religion," he observed. "It seems like we only have the capacity to see things in black and white, but the world doesn't exist in that color scheme. If we're not talking, we're fighting, and that doesn't seem to be a very legitimate way to move anything forward. So honestly, that's the message I hope people take away from this movie: Instead of fighting, maybe talking works a little better." See more »

Goofs

Anyone familiar with colloquial Arabic would be able to pick up on the Lebanese characters' noticeable Moroccan Darija accent and dialect. Darija is seen even by native Arabic speakers as one of the more difficult Arabic dialects to understand let alone learn. See more »

Quotes

Mason Skiles: You're not hallucinating. It's me Mason.
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Soundtracks

Taragalte
Written by Oum (as Oum El Ghait Benessahraoui)
Performed by Oum
Courtesy of The Music Development Company
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I read the reviews first
17 June 2018 | by pietclausenSee all my reviews

Many reviewers were moaning why this film got such a low rating, which they considered was worth a 9 or 10. Viewing the trailer convinced me to watch this movie as well.

I am afraid that I cannot agree with the high scorers and found the film only partly interesting, but badly executed. Too many dark scenes spoiled it and comprised too much dialogue, not making this a thriller at all.

In my books it is below par, which just adds another poor mark to Netflix who are becoming notorious for releasing failures.


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