Body of Lies (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Body of Lies (2008)
  • Rate: 7.1/10 total 86,442 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 10 October 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 128 min
  • Filming Location: Annapolis, Maryland, USA
  • Budget: $70,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $39,380,442(USA)(11 January 2009)
  • Director: Ridley Scott
  • Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe and Mark Strong
  • Original Music By: Marc Streitenfeld   
  • Soundtrack: Hayran Ani Ib Zamani
  • Sound Mix: SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Jordan | Terrorist | CIA | CIA Agent | Terrorist Attack

Writing Credits By:

  • William Monahan (screenplay)
  • David Ignatius (novel "Body of Lies")

Known Trivia

  • For Manchester scenes (filmed on actual streets in the USA), any overly “American” curbside items (like certain fire hydrants) were hidden by dropping bottom-less slatted metal trash cans over them and then adding prop “English” rubbish; however, extras and crew unaware of this subtle artful touch continuously filled the apparently-normal-looking receptacles with their own trash. Between filming sessions, rueful set dressers would have to remove a foot-high layer of discarded plastic water bottles (and then reset and fluff the “official” rubbish).
  • While the derelict-but-surviving US neighborhood where the Manchester Scenes were filmed had plenty of its own street litter and urban debris, the Hollywood crew (in the effort to make the area look like an English slum) had left certain piles of prop rubbish in precise places. For scene continuity, such rubbish needed to remain present – even when scenes took multiple days to film. To protect against unwitting community litter cleanup, “essential” debris was flagged overnight and on weekends with “hot set” tape (a specialized version of other American yellow hazard tapes which say things like “caution caution caution”, “wet paint”, or “police line do not cross”).
  • During one Munich scene (actually filmed on a busy urban US street corner), civilian vehicle traffic was stopped only during actual filming. Just before and after filming, the prop street signs (written in German) were in place while the street was still open to traffic. Thus, some unknowing motorists went from seeing typical street signs (which said things like “Central Avenue” or “Washington Street”) to reading differently-colored German signs for, say, “Charlottenstraße”.
  • For Manchester Scenes (filmed in a gritty and real American slum), actual English “police line” tape was used. Its distinctive blue and white coloration contrasts with US-style police tape which is yellow with black text. Comparison was easy because occasional stray bits of American police line tape from past actual crime scenes were among the real neighborhood’s windblown street debris littering the edges of the filming area.
  • A key scene’s spectacular explosion is not a digital effect; it was a real, though controlled and safe, pyrotechnic blast – much to the delight (or, in some cases, surprise) of neighborhood onlookers.
  • To get just the right look during a massive pyrotechnic explosion while also not damaging still-occupied neighborhood buildings, technicians used a “car chucker” (rather than the force of the blast) to fling a vehicle violently. The fridge-door-sized steel plate has a powerful spring-hinge device able to catapult cars for specified distances.
  • Some performers in the exterior Turkish Cafe in Munich Scene were stage-reading actual Arabic newspapers. The more-attentive among them were indeed reading from right to left (most noticeable when they turn a page).
  • Costume standards were such that performers portraying British police wore full regalia including a tie, utility belt, regimental insignia, and a bulletproof jacket even though none of these were visible under their blaze yellow police emergency-response raincoats. Also, these same police were usually positioned with their backs to the camera – which was often a quarter-mile away.
  • During filming in the USA, a few of the POVs (privately-owned vehicles) which extras used to reach the locations were used during filming of scenes meant to portray parts of Europe, but first the cars needed to be “de-Americanized”. This involved more than just switching license plates. Rear-view mirror dangling trinkets (graduation tassels, novelty-shaped air fresheners, etc) were removed. Bumper stickers advertising vacation spots and political views were scraped off. In some cases, windshield decals from European municipalities were added.
  • To extras waiting to join the “Terrible Neighborhood” and “Terrible Flat” scenes, a wardrobe specialist announced, “Please remove your personal jewelry including school rings and wedding bands; this is supposed to be a gritty neighborhood full of crackhouses and you’re poor… you hocked all of your jewelry – for drugs.”

Goofs: Errors in geography: The area around Balad, Iraq is flat, not mountainous.

Plot: CIA agent Roger Ferris uncovers a lead on a major terrorist leader suspected to be operating out of Jordan, but while he tries to capitalize on the intelligence he has uncovered he must also be wary of the double-dealings of his boss in America. Full summary »  »

Story: Roger Ferris is a CIA operative in the Middle East; Ed Hoffman is his control at Langley. Cynicism is everywhere. In Amman, Roger works with Hani Salaam, Jordan's head of security, whose only dictum is "Don't lie to me." The Americans are in pursuit of a cleric who leads a group placing bombs all over Europe. When Hani rebukes Ed's demand that Jordan allow the Americans to use one of Jordan's double agents, Roger and Ed hatch a plan to bring the cleric to them. The plan is complicated by its being a secret from Hani and by Roger's attraction to a local nurse. Satellites and cell phones, bodies and lies: modern warfare.Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

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Synopsis: Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) is a CIA paramilitary operations officer. He is in Iraq trying to track down a terrorist called Al-Saleem. While following a lead, Ferris’s asset (with whom he has become good friends) is killed during a car chase involving terrorists, rocket-propelled grenades and two missile-firing U.S. helicopters. Ferris recovers from his injuries at a U.S. facility in Qatar before he is sent to Jordan to run down some intelligence he recovered in Iraq. Meanwhile, unknown terrorists plan to follow up an offscreen series of bus bombings in Sheffield, with more attacks in Manchester but blow themselves up when the police find their cell.

Ferris and his handler Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) are strongly contrasting characters: Ferris acts on the human scale, relying heavily on trust and human intelligence. Hoffman is more Machiavellian, and keeps tabs on Ferris via a Sikorsky Cypher UAV. Towards the start of the movie, Hoffman speaks to his CIA superiors. He explains to them how terrorists are turning their back on technology by throwing away their phones and computers and using old methods of communicating face-to-face and with written messages. This terrorist retreat into the stone age paradoxically makes the strengths Hoffman has to deploy worth less, and increases his dependence on Ferris and his human intelligence.

In Jordan, Ferris tosses the ineffectual Station Chief out of his office before meeting Hani Salaam (Mark Strong), head of the Jordanian General Intelligence Department (GID). Salaam and Ferris form a fragile and complex bond. Salaam is deeply aware that whatever he thinks of Ferris, his duty is to his country, while Ferris acts for the CIA, whose interests cannot intersect with those of Jordan. Salaam demands one thing of Ferrisnever lie to him.

Hoffman finds an Al-Saleem safehouse in Jordan and orders Ferris to conduct a surveillance operation on it covertly. Simultaneously, he organises another operative Skip (Vince Colosimo) to conduct an operation without Ferris’ consent. Skip botches the operation, blowing his cover by divulging compromising information to a terrorist from the safehouse. As the terrorist takes off, running, and intent on releasing the information that the safehouse has been compromised, Ferris makes chase: bitten by dogs in the run, Ferris ultimately kills the runner. Hani covers up the killing by passing it off as a robbery and Ferris accuses Hoffman of running "side operations", telling Hoffman to lay off. Tending his wounds in hospital, Ferris meets a nurse named Aisha (Golshifteh Farahani). Around them, the swirl of terror animating the action continues as cell phone-triggered bombing in an Amsterdam flower market that kills at least 75 people.

Having recognised one of the men living in the safehouse as well-known suspect Mustapha Karami (Kais Nashif), Hani takes Karami out into the desert and coerces him into working for Jordanian intelligence, threatening to set him up as a collaborator if he does not cooperate(he has been sending money to Karami’s mother and making it appear as if it came from her reformed and successful son, so she doesn’t know Karami is still a thief and now an aspiring Al Qaeda terrorist, and he is shamed and surprised when Hani does not kill him but lets him ride away on his bicycle). Hoffman asks Hani to hand Karami over to the CIA, most likely to interrogate him but Hani refuses, having earlier told Ferris he does not believe in torture. Unknown to Ferris and Hani, Hoffman tells Ferris’ CIA subordinate to follow Karami and kidnap him. Karami gets away and notifies the terrorists in the safehouse that it is being watched, resulting in the safehouse being lit on fire and abandoned. Ferris’s partner is caught and Hani professes his belief that Ferris had knowledge of the move on Karami and therefore blames his lack of honesty with Hani for the destruction of the safehouse. Hani gives Ferris 12 hours to leave Jordan.

Ferris comes back to the States for a while and argues with Hoffman, whom he derides as power-hungry and fat. He then comes up with a plan to make contact with the terrorist Al-Saleem by staging a significant terrorist attack, the logic being that Al-Saleem will hear about this attack and try to make contact with the terrorist group who committed it. With the help of one of Hoffman’s CIA friends, Ferris is able to frame a Jordanian architect named Omar Sadiki by posing as a financier contracting a bank’s construction in the UAE, making him look like the head of a terrorist cell.

The "terrorist attack" is staged at the Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. A bomb is exploded in the base and Ferris uses unclaimed local bodies dressed as soldiers to make it seem that soldiers were killed in the attack. Al-Saleem (Alon Abutbul) sees the report of the attack on television and tries to make contact with Sadiki.

Hani tells Ferris to come back to Jordan because he knows that he needs Ferris. Hani then talks to Ferris about his suspicions that Omar Sadiki is a terrorist. Ferris hides that this is not the case, and acts as if he doesn’t know anything concerning Hani’s suspicions. Ferris later tries to save Sadiki from being kidnapped by Al-Saleem’s henchmen but fails and sees another CIA agent nearly killed in the subsequent car crash. Sadiki informs Al-Saleem that Ferris made it seem he committed the terrorist attack. Sadiki is killed. Ferris goes back to his apartment and finds out that Aisha, in whom Ferris is romantically interested, has been kidnapped. He then desperately asks Hani for his help, explaining to Hani that he made up Omar Sadiki’s terrorist cell and the terrorist attack supposedly committed by Sadiki was faked. However, Hani refuses to help Ferris because Ferris lied to him.

Ferris gets a call from the kidnappers and is told to wait for a van. The van picks him up and drops him in the desert. Meanwhile back in CIA headquarters, Hoffman is watching everything via an unmanned aerial vehicle. Ferris is then picked up by a group of men in SUVs and the vehicles create a massive cloud of dust before splitting up. Hoffman is unable to follow Ferris because he has no idea which car he is in.

Ferris is taken to be interrogated by Al-Saleem, just across the border in Syria. When Ferris asks Al-Saleem about Aisha, Al-Saleem tells Ferris that someone has lied to him and he has been double-crossed. Ferris tells Al-Saleem that there is an infiltrator (Karami) in his organization who works for Ferris, and that, by association, Al-Saleem works for Ferris. Al-Saleem smashes two of Ferris’ fingers with a hammer before turning on a video camera and ordering Ferris to be killed. Al-Saleem then leaves. Ferris is prepared by Al-Saleem’s men to be executed on video. As Ferris is about to be executed, Hani and his team of Jordanian SF burst into the room, killing all of the terrorists. Al-Saleem is seen leaving the building and unwittingly getting into a car driven by Hani’s men who arrest him.

While in the hospital, Ferris is visited by Hani who reveals to him that it was his men who kidnapped Aisha, using blood she donated regularly at work to make it appear she’d been killed or wounded. He then brokered a deal with Al-Saleem (using Karami): he would deliver CIA agent Ferris to him for money. It was one of Hani’s men who rang Ferris and dropped him in the desert. Since Karami was Hani’s man inside Al-Saleem’s organization, he was able to locate Ferris and Al-Saleem in time to save Ferris and arrest Al-Saleem. Aisha has been released unharmed but does not know what role her kidnapping played.

In the end Hoffman offers Ferris a job in his office, but Ferris declines and tells Hoffman that he is quitting the CIA. Hoffman prepares to leave Jordan and resigns himself to Ferris not changing his mind. At the movie’s end, Ferris seemingly decides to not contact Aisha therein refuting what Hoffman had repeated numerous times through the movie: no one is innocent. Hoffman is shown speaking with CIA operatives watching Ferris in the market buying pastries, in a box similar to that which he had taken to Aisha’s. Hoffman declares that Ferris is no longer an asset. It is left to the viewer to decide whether Ferris leaves Aisha to live her life or becomes involved with her once again.

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Produced By:

  • Zakaria Alaoui known as line producer: Morocco (as Zak Alaoui)
  • Michael Costigan known as executive producer
  • Donald De Line known as producer
  • Charles J.D. Schlissel known as executive producer
  • Ridley Scott known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Leonardo DiCaprio known as Roger Ferris
  • Russell Crowe known as Ed Hoffman
  • Mark Strong known as Hani
  • Golshifteh Farahani known as Aisha
  • Oscar Isaac known as Bassam
  • Ali Suliman known as Omar Sadiki
  • Alon Aboutboul known as Al-Saleem
  • Vince Colosimo known as Skip
  • Simon McBurney known as Garland
  • Mehdi Nebbou known as Nizar
  • Michael Gaston known as Holiday
  • Kais Nashif known as Mustafa Karami
  • Jamil Khoury known as Marwan (as Jameel Khoury)
  • Lubna Azabal known as Aisha's Sister Cala
  • Ghali Benlafkih known as Aisha's Nephew Rowley
  • Youssef Srondy known as Aisha's Nephew Yousef
  • Ali Khalil known as Zayed Ibishi
  • Giannina Facio known as Hoffman's Wife
  • Chase Edmunds known as Hoffman's Son Timmy
  • Morgan A. Vick known as Hoffman's Daughter
  • Michael Stuhlbarg known as Ferris' Attorney
  • Sherif Eltayeb known as Executioner
  • David Ganly known as Doctor at Qatar Military Base
  • Bijan Daneshmand known as Amman Clinic Doctor
  • Houda Zbit known as Hani's Wife
  • Omar Berdouni known as Al-Saleem's Lieutenant
  • Richard De Mayo known as Tony (as Richard DeMayo)
  • Clara Khoury known as Bassam's Wife
  • Abdu Rahim Kashmir known as Safe House Jihadist
  • Sami Samir known as Taxi Driver – Syrian Border
  • Xanthe Elbrick known as Manchester News Reporter
  • Ali Alvi known as Manchester Bomber #1
  • Zef Balbona known as Manchester Bomber #2
  • Vedant Gokhale known as Manchester Bomber #3
  • Ran Nikfam known as Amsterdam Bomber
  • Al Twanmo known as Japanese Tourist Husband with Camera (as Albert Twanmo)
  • Ellie K. Wang known as Japanese Tourist Wife
  • Allen Lidkey known as Medic in Helicopter
  • Drif Said known as Turkish Engineer / Explosives Expert
  • Zakaria Atifi known as Al-Masri
  • William Meredith known as Soldier in Qatar
  • Howard W. Overshown known as Predator Room Captain
  • Kathy Brady known as Predator Room Captain #2
  • Quentin Mare known as Predator Operator Langley
  • Matthew James Gulbranson known as Predator Operator Langley #2 (as Matt Gulbranson)
  • Jill Wolsey known as Soccer Mom
  • Annabelle Wallis known as Hani's Girlfriend in Bar
  • Michael Alban known as Mission Commander (uncredited)
  • Omar Benbrahim known as American Checkpoint Officer (uncredited)
  • Matt Cannon known as Young Detective (uncredited)
  • Larry Carter known as CIA Agent (uncredited)
  • Robert Randolph Caton known as CIA Agent (uncredited)
  • Brandon Cordon known as Turkish Man (uncredited)
  • Thomas Joe Craig known as Manchester Policeman (uncredited)
  • Neil Dickson known as BBC Newsreader (voice) (uncredited)
  • Justin Doescher known as Dutch Policeman (uncredited)
  • Robin Atkin Downes known as News Correspondent (uncredited)
  • Michael James Faradie known as Special Forces Sergeant Daniels (uncredited)
  • Johnny Ferdosi known as UAE Prince (uncredited)
  • Daniel Ferro known as Dubai Police (uncredited)
  • Bill Gentry known as SAS Agent (uncredited)
  • Art Hall known as Machester News Cameraman (uncredited)
  • Rami Hilmi known as Attendant Syria (uncredited)
  • Shredi Jabarin known as Jihadist (uncredited)
  • Kawan Kean known as Amsterdam Hooligan (uncredited)
  • Aubrohn King known as SAS Agent (uncredited)
  • Errol Krass known as Manchester Man (uncredited)
  • Jordan Lage known as CIA Analyst (uncredited)
  • Kirk Lambert known as Special Air Service (uncredited)
  • T. Alloy Langenfeld known as Russian Worker in Amsterdam Market (uncredited)
  • John Lawson known as Soldier (uncredited)
  • Kevin Leigh known as Dubai Baggage Handler (uncredited)
  • Travis McHenry known as SAS Agent (uncredited)
  • Dino A. Muminovic known as Airport Security Guard (uncredited)
  • Douglas Nelson known as Turkish Gang Member (uncredited)
  • Christopher Phillips known as Predator Room Mission Coordinator #2 (uncredited)
  • Sasha Rajic known as Manchester Resident (uncredited)
  • Lil Rhee known as Shopper (uncredited)
  • Devin Rumer known as Predator Operator (uncredited)
  • Roger Sands known as Dubai Traveler (uncredited)
  • Vasanth Santosham known as Sikh Milkman (uncredited)
  • Patrick Michael Strange known as Manchester UK Resident / Dubai Baggage Handler (uncredited)
  • Tom Townsend known as Heckler (uncredited)
  • Towanda Underdue known as African Diplomat (uncredited)
  • Juan Pablo Veizaga known as Dubai Traveler (uncredited)
  • Terry Ward known as Manchester Hooligan (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Aicha Ameziane known as makeup artist
  • Audrey L. Anzures known as hair department head
  • Zineb Bendoula known as hair stylist (as Zaineb Bendoula)
  • Zhor Bennani known as makeup artist
  • Kathryn Blondell known as hair stylist: Mr. DiCaprio (as Kathy Blondell)
  • Ardis Cohen known as hair stylist
  • Anthony Grayson known as wig designer: Washington D.C.
  • Sian Grigg known as makeup artist: Mr. DiCaprio
  • Charmaine Henninger known as hair stylist: Washington D.C.
  • Laura Hill known as contact lens technician
  • Paula Kelly known as makeup artist: Mr. Crowe
  • Cheryl 'Pickles' Kinion known as makeup artist: Washington D.C. (as Cheryl Kinion)
  • Don Kozma known as head makeup artist
  • Barbara Lacy known as makeup artist: Washington D.C.
  • Craig Lyman known as makeup artist: Washington D.C.
  • Bernadette Mazur known as key makeup artist
  • Brahim Naim known as hair stylist
  • Candace Neal known as key hair stylist: Washington D.C.
  • Simon Rose known as senior prosthetic technician
  • Josh Turi known as makeup artist: Washington D.C. (as Joshua Turi)
  • Toni-Ann Walker known as hair stylist: Mr. Crowe
  • Debi Young known as makeup artist: Washington D.C.
  • Vesna Giordano known as prosthetic technician (uncredited)
  • Duncan Jarman known as prosthetic makeup artist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Chris Ashley known as leadman: Washington D.C.
  • Abdellah Baadil known as assistant art director
  • Charley Beal known as supervising art director: Washington D.C.
  • Francesca Birri known as art department coordinator
  • Sally Black known as on-set dresser
  • John Bornman known as construction medic
  • Rebecca Castle known as scenic painter: Washington D.C.
  • Carl Catanese known as set dresser: Washington D.C.
  • Joseph Timothy Conway known as assistant props: Washington D.C. (as Joseph Conway)
  • Xavier Corby known as on-set dresser: Washington D.C.
  • Jen Day known as art department staff assistant: Washington D.C. (as Jennifer Day)
  • Joe Dipple known as stand-by props
  • R. Scott Doran known as leadman: Washington D.C.
  • Brad Einhorn known as property master: Washington D.C.
  • Franco Fabietti known as construction foreman: Washington D.C.
  • Nancy Gomes known as paint foreman: Washington D.C.
  • Pat Gomes known as paint supervisor: Washington D.C. (as Patrick Gomes)
  • Peter J. Hampton known as supervising art director: Washington D.C. (as Peter Hampton)
  • Eric Hunsaker known as assistant props: Washington D.C.
  • Hinju Kim known as art director: Washington D.C.
  • Mark Kimber known as supervising chargehand props
  • Bryan McBrien known as greens coordinator: Washington D.C. (as Bryan A. McBrien)
  • Alex McCarroll known as set designer: Washington D.C.
  • Wendy Means known as art department coordinator: Washington D.C. (as Wendy Stanton)
  • Mike Medina known as assistant construction coordinator: Washington D.C. (as Mike 'Chachi' Medina)
  • Aziz Mhand known as stand-by props
  • Ed Natividad known as storyboard artist: Washington D.C. (as Edwin L. Matividad)
  • Andrea Nowowiejski known as scenic painter: Washington D.C.
  • Nancy Nye known as set decorator: Washington D.C.
  • Sean O'Harra known as set dresser: Washington D.C.
  • Imiaa Ougdal known as art department production assistant
  • Michael Panevics known as assistant props: Washington D.C. (as Michael A. Panevics)
  • Dan Pemberton known as construction coordinator: Washington D.C. (as Daniel M. Pemberton)
  • Julie Pitt known as assistant set decorator
  • Lester Poser known as assistant props: Washington D.C.
  • Younes Rahoui known as art department production assistant
  • Tony Roche known as assistant set decorator
  • Rich Romig known as set designer: Washington D.C.
  • Ronald H. Sachs known as greens stand-by: Washington D.C. (as Ronald Sachs)
  • Monica Sallustio known as assistant art director
  • Saverio Sammali known as assistant art director
  • Bridget Shaw known as art department staff assistant: Washington D.C.
  • Stephen G. Shifflette known as set dresser: Washington D.C.
  • Zoe Smith known as assistant set decorator
  • Bob Spore known as assistant props: Washington D.C.
  • Jeff Stacy known as set dresser: Washington D.C.
  • Antonio Tarolla known as assistant art director
  • Ivano Todeschi known as head painter
  • Dave Trevino known as stand-by painter: washington D.C.
  • Fernando Valento known as construction manager: Washington D.C.
  • Francesco Valento known as construction foreman: Washington D.C.
  • Terry Wells Jr. known as assistant property master (as Terry John Wells Jr.)
  • Laurence William Wells known as supervising chargehand props
  • Terry Wells known as property master (as Terrty Wells Sr.)
  • Clive Wilson known as stand-by chargehand prop
  • Zachary Zirlin known as graphic artist: Washington D.C.
  • Abdellah Achir known as assistant art director trainee (uncredited)
  • Mark Bentley known as props (uncredited)
  • John D. Bert known as assistant props (uncredited)
  • Mjid Boulane known as assistant property master (uncredited)
  • Rachid Boulane known as constructor (uncredited)
  • Luigi Calvitti known as carpenter (uncredited)
  • Laurence Castello known as painter gangboss (uncredited)
  • Tina Charad known as graphic designer (uncredited)
  • Randy Culberhouse known as propmaker foreman (uncredited)
  • Gary Dawson known as dressing props (uncredited)
  • Giancarlo Di Fusco known as painter (uncredited)
  • Billy Edwards known as props buyer (uncredited)
  • Luke Edwards known as set decorating assistant (uncredited)
  • Colin Fox known as drapes master (uncredited)
  • Leslie Heins known as signwriter (uncredited)
  • Trent Hevener known as propmaker (uncredited)
  • Glauco Isidori known as painter (uncredited)
  • Thomas Jones known as weapons mould maker (uncredited)
  • Thomas D. Krausz known as set dresser (uncredited)
  • Claudio Magrini known as senior carpenter (uncredited)
  • Eric A. Martin known as propmaker (uncredited)
  • Elizabeth Morris known as buyer (uncredited)
  • Ollie Novadnieks known as prop buyer (uncredited)
  • Paul Pastorelli known as gang boss (uncredited)
  • Domenico Reordino known as painter (uncredited)
  • Amin Rharda known as props buyer (uncredited)
  • Michael Ruby known as supervising signwriter (uncredited)
  • Zoe Wilson known as prop coordinator (uncredited)

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Production Companies:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
  • Scott Free Productions (as Scott Free)
  • De Line Pictures

Other Companies:

  • ARRI  camera equipment
  • Adacc  
  • American Actors International  animal trainer: Washington D.C.
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  satellite phone rentals
  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by
  • Bloomberg Television News  footage provided by (as Bloomberg)
  • BoomGen Studios  cultural consultant
  • Cable News Network (CNN)  footage provided by (as CNN)
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Compuhire  computer and video playback
  • Corbis  images
  • Digital Vortechs  Avid editing equipment provided by
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Film Art  artwork
  • Flying Pictures  aerial services provided by
  • Getty Images  images
  • Hollywood Studio Symphony  music performed by
  • Hot Body International Inc.  images
  • Lightnin' Production Rentals  transportation equipment
  • MID Foundation  dialect coaches
  • Media Safety  health & safety
  • Mike Maxwell & Co.  catering: Washington D.C.
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • Movie Movers  star trailers
  • On Location Education  studio teachers: Washington D.C.
  • On Tour Productions  grip and lighting equipment
  • PIC Agency  titles (as PIC)
  • Packair Airfreight  international logistics
  • Paramount Transportation Services  transportation services
  • Pigfactory  music provided by
  • Playback Technologies  video and computer graphics
  • SISS Ltd.  security: Mr. DiCaprio
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Technicolor  dailies
  • Transportation Resources  transportation equipment
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack
  • Walt Disney Studios Negative Cutting  negative cutting
  • Wildfire Studios  adr facility

Distributors:

  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (2008) (Malaysia) (theatrical)
  • Continental Film (2008) (Slovakia) (theatrical)
  • Karo Premiere (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Roadshow Films (2008) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB (2008) (Sweden) (theatrical)
  • Sandrew Metronome Distribution (2008) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Village Films (2008) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. (2008) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2009) (USA) (TV)
  • ITV (2012) (UK) (TV)
  • Veronica (2011) (Netherlands) (TV)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment Finland Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Sweden) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Warner Home Vídeo (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Sony Pictures Imageworks (SPI) (visual effects)
  • Invisible Effects (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Jacquie Barnbrook known as visual effects producer
  • Douglas Bloom known as visual effects
  • Brian C. Davis known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Jesus De Santiago known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Sheena Duggal known as visual effects supervisor
  • Dick Edwards known as visual effects: Invisible Effects
  • Fish Essenfeld known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Julia Frey known as visual effects producer
  • Todd Fullerton known as graphics supervisor: Washington D.C.
  • Nathalie Gonthier known as digital artist
  • Nathalie Gonthier known as digital effects artist
  • Isaac Marcos Gonzalez known as visual effects production assistant
  • Jason Greenblum known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Walter F. Hyneman known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Daniel Kuehn known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Tom Lynnes known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • John Monos known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • David Neuberger known as visual effects artist
  • Manuel Plank-Jorge known as visual effects: Invisible Effects
  • Billy Rich known as visual effects editor
  • Candice Scott known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Wesley Sewell known as visual effects: Invisible Effects (as Wes Sewell)
  • Chirag R. Shah known as visual effects production coordinator: Imageworks India
  • Kevin Paul Sheedy known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Messrob Torikian known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Guy Wiedmann known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Lauralee Wiseman known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Bjorn Zipprich known as visual effects: Sony Pictures Imageworks
  • Richard Alonso known as computer graphics (uncredited)
  • Lynn Basas known as visual effects: SPI (uncredited)
  • Michael Boggs known as scanning manager (uncredited)
  • Sarah Coatts known as visual effects producer: PIC (uncredited)
  • Ian Doss known as on set surveyor: Washington D.C., SPI (uncredited)
  • Mark Fletcher known as screen graphics designer (uncredited)
  • Frederick Gaudreau known as lighting and compositing technical director (uncredited)
  • Holly Gosnell known as data wrangler: Morocco (uncredited)
  • Brian Hamblin known as editorial technical manager: SPI (uncredited)
  • Val Kharitonashvili known as effects technical director: SPI (uncredited)
  • Steven Messing known as digital matte artist (uncredited)
  • Koji Morihiro known as animator (uncredited)
  • Michael Hugh O'Donnell known as digital coordinator (uncredited)
  • Andrea Lackey Pace known as manager of production services and resources (uncredited)
  • Balaji Ramakrishna known as compositor: imageworks india (uncredited)
  • Sandesh Ramdev known as rotoscope lead (uncredited)
  • Toby Rosen known as visual effects technician (uncredited)
  • David Satchwell known as computer graphic supervisor (uncredited)
  • Panneer Selvam known as roto artist: Imageworks India (uncredited)
  • Rick Shick known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Rick Shick known as senior Flame artist (uncredited)
  • Tomoko Shin known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Sukumaran Lalithambika Vijin known as roto artist: imageworks india (uncredited)
  • Jaikishan Vyas known as digital compositor (uncredited)
  • Joe Wehmeyer known as data wrangler (uncredited)
  • John Welborn known as software engineer (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 5 October 2008 (New York City, New York) (premiere)
  • Australia 9 October 2008
  • Hong Kong 9 October 2008
  • Philippines 9 October 2008
  • Thailand 9 October 2008
  • Canada 10 October 2008
  • Indonesia 10 October 2008
  • USA 10 October 2008
  • India 17 October 2008
  • South Korea 23 October 2008
  • Egypt 29 October 2008
  • Serbia 29 October 2008
  • France 5 November 2008
  • Spain 7 November 2008
  • Czech Republic 12 November 2008 (Palace Film Festival)
  • Belgium 19 November 2008
  • Croatia 20 November 2008
  • Germany 20 November 2008
  • Greece 20 November 2008
  • Israel 20 November 2008
  • Netherlands 20 November 2008
  • Portugal 20 November 2008
  • Russia 20 November 2008
  • Singapore 20 November 2008
  • Switzerland 20 November 2008 (German speaking region)
  • Austria 21 November 2008
  • Colombia 21 November 2008
  • Iceland 21 November 2008
  • Ireland 21 November 2008
  • Italy 21 November 2008
  • Norway 21 November 2008
  • Panama 21 November 2008
  • Poland 21 November 2008
  • Switzerland 21 November 2008 (Italian speaking region)
  • UK 21 November 2008
  • Switzerland 26 November 2008 (French speaking region)
  • Argentina 27 November 2008
  • Czech Republic 27 November 2008
  • Hungary 27 November 2008
  • Peru 27 November 2008
  • Slovakia 27 November 2008
  • Brazil 28 November 2008
  • Denmark 28 November 2008
  • Estonia 28 November 2008
  • Finland 28 November 2008
  • Mexico 28 November 2008
  • Malaysia 4 December 2008
  • Sweden 5 December 2008
  • Turkey 19 December 2008
  • Venezuela 19 December 2008
  • Japan 20 December 2008

MPAA: Rated R for strong violence including some torture, and for language throughout

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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