War, Inc. (2008)

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  • IMDb page: War, Inc. (2008)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 14,775 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Comedy | Thriller
  • Release Date: 4 September 2008 (Israel)
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Filming Location: New Boyana Film Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria
  • Budget: $10,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $580,862(USA)
  • Director: Joshua Seftel
  • Stars: John Cusack, Marisa Tomei and Hilary Duff
  • Original Music By: David Robbins   
  • Soundtrack: Boom, Boom, Bang, Bang
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Corporation | Reporter | Assassin | Pop Star | Satire

Writing Credits By:

  • Mark Leyner (written by) &
  • Jeremy Pikser (written by) &
  • John Cusack (written by)

Known Trivia

  • John Cusack first became interested in making the film when he read Naomi Klein’s 2004 article “Baghdad Year Zero”.
  • The “German Businessman” and his associates that John Cusack’s character kills in the beginning of the movie speak a mixture of gibberish and Bulgarian. The kids he encounters in Fallaf also speak Bulgarian.
  • The Tamerlane corporate gift bag contains an autobiography by “Oh, you know who,” entitled, “How I Conquered the World and Dealt with Issues with my Father.”
  • The character names Ooq-Mi-Fay and Ooq-Yu-Fay, loosely translated from Pig Latin, are “f**k me” and “f**k you”.
  • The An-12B airplane shown at the beginning and end of the movie is owned and operated by Bright Aviation Services, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Along with some other Bulgarian freight carriers, they are banned from operating in Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and the European Union countries because of their safety record.
  • This is the second time Marisa Tomei plays a character whose first name is Natalie. The first time was in In the Bedroom. This is also the second time she plays a reporter in a film. The first time was in The Paper.
  • The corporation, Tamerlane, refers to Timur, known in the West as Tamerlane. Timur conquered a great deal of central and western Asia in the 14th Century and founded the Timurid Empire and Timurid dynasty.
  • Yonica Babyyeah specifically demands pickles, which are Hilary Duff’s favorite food.
  • Srdjan Dragojevic was initially attached to direct this film. He did an extensive rewrite with his Serbian writing partner Dimitrije Vojnov. When Dragojevic left the project this draft of the screenplay was scrapped. The only piece that remained is the imaginary Democracy cigarettes brand that had already appeared in The Wounds.

Goofs: Continuity: When Bhodi Bhundhang's gang of thugs attack in the castle during the interview, one of the thugs holding an AK-47 loses his hat when attacked, but in the next scene his hat is back on his head, right before he is thrown in a table.

Plot: A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President… See more »  »

Story: A political satire set in Turaqistan, a country occupied by an American private corporation run by a former US Vice-President. In an effort to monopolize the opportunities the war-torn nation offers, the corporation's CEO hires a troubled hit man, to kill a Middle East oil minister. Now, struggling with his own growing demons, the assassin must pose as the corporation's Trade Show Producer in order to pull off this latest hit, while maintaining his cover by organizing the high-profile wedding of Yonica Babyyeah an outrageous Middle Eastern pop star, and keeping a sexy left wing reporter in check.Written by fmmini  


Synopsis: The movie opens with Brand Hauser (John Cusack) in Iqualiuit, Northern Canada. He enters a bar where some German gentlemen are chatting. He asks for a shot glass, fills it with hot sauce, and throws it back in one gulp. His synapses start firing as he pulls out a gun and shoots each of the Germans. He takes a photo of one of the gentlemen, sends it off, and disposes of the cell phone.

Cut to a jet aircraft. Hauser is the only person on board, but he is regularly chatting with the GuideStar voice. Though it is helping with navigation, it also is providing psychiatric advice.

On the flight, he chats with the former Vice President (Dan Ackroyd). The VP is sitting on the toilet throughout the video call. Hauser is instructed to fly to Turaqistan, where the VP’s company, Tamerlane, is engaged in the first war to be entirely outsourced. His mission is to assasinate the Oil Minister, Omar Sherif (Lyubomir Neikov). He is to be hit because he is insisting that Turaqistan build a cross country pipeline on their own, shunning a bid from Tamerlane. For cover, he is to act as the Chair of a Tamerlane Trade Mission, which is holding a trade fair within the Green Zone (the Emerald City) of the Turaqustan capital. A highlight of the fair will be the marriage of pop star Yonica Babyyeah (Hilary Duff) to the son of the Emerit.

Hauser arrives, and meets his contact, Marsha Dillon (Joan Cusack).

Tanks with sponsor decals, city is a mess, lots of bombs & explosions in various marketplaces.

Please help fill this in! Various shots of hot sauce, flashbacks to a row with his CIA boss.

Reporter Natalie Hegalhuzen (Marisa Tomei) can’t get into the show (not the right pass). Cusack invites her to his office. Realizes she is left wing biased, gets rid of her, but sets up meeting for that evening over drinks.

Hauser goes into Popeye Chicken restaurant to meet "The Viceroy" of Tamerlane – . After Get Smart style secret tunnel, he meets a video screen projecting American media heros (John Wayne, Mr. T, Donald Trump, etc.), speaking with an altered voice.

Yonica and entourage arrive. Hauser is not impressed.

Tries to kill Sharif with remote control rifle, but interrupted when dry cleaning is delivered to his Humvee.

Milking cobra for poison when Yonica drops by. She tries to seduce him, but he is disgusted. Takes Sharif out to dinner, but can’t get the venom in due to the close scrutiny of Sharif’s bodyguards. Sharif spots the reporter, and Hauser arranges a meeting.

Yonica & entourage arrive, and in the chaos, Hauser crushes the vial of cobra venom, breaking it in his hand. He goes to the restroom to clean up, and is confronted by 2 members of the entourage. He easily dispatches them both.

Reporter wants to get out and see the country outside of the Green Zone. Hauser sets her up with a local film crew. She discovers a DVD case (premade) for Yonica’s XXX rated wedding night video. She exposes Yonica and her husband on CNN.

Hauser "fixes" the situation with Yonica, her fiance, and the emerit father. The fiance will blame one of the entourage, the principals will be blameless, and the wedding will go on.

Finds Yonica in her room, playing simple accoustic ballad – realizes she’s not who the press make her out to be. He arranges for an interview with the reporter.

While waiting for the film crew to set up in an abandoned house, Hauser finds some nice wine, caviar, and other snacky things. He opens the wine with a compressed air needle cork popper – then discretely pockets the device.

Just prior to the interview, in a heart-to-heart discussion, Hauser tells the girls about his ex-wife (murdered) and daughter (kidnapped). He tells them it happened because of who he is.

The entourage burst in. Hauser kills all (one with a shot of compressed air to the brain). The girls walk in as he dispatches the last person. They now have confirmation that he is not who he seemed to be.

The girls take a taxi from the interview location to their respective hotels. Yonica gets out first, and the reporter is kidnapped. Kidnappers make some rather silly demands (destruction of Israel & a star ball player for a player to be named later).

Hauser now has to rescue the reporter, kill Sharif, and oversee the wedding at the trade show. He emails Sharif, and under the name of the reporter, invites him to a hotel suite. He jumps in a Humvee, and takes off looking for the reporter outside the Emerald City. He asks some kids if they know where a kidnapped person might be. They tell him there are 3 in the immediate area – he’s got to be more specific. They direct him to the group that has a dark-haired female.

Flashbacks take place here, and we learn that his old boss, Walken (Ben Kingsly) tries to kill him when he tried to quit some years ago. Instead, Hauser kills his boss (crushed in a garbage truck).

The reporter is rescued, and brought back to the trade show to be in the wedding party. Hauser heads to the hotel to meet Sharif.

Sharif walks into the hotel suite, expecting to find the reporter. Instead, Hauser grabs him, and warns him that someone else will likely be coming for him. He heads back to the Popeye Chicken shop, looking for the Viceroy. Hauser realizes that he must be behind the projection screen, so smashes it. Sees that Walken is still alive, but crippled, and restricted to a wheelchair. Not only is Walken the Viceroy, but he admits that he had his wife killed, and Yonica is his kidnapped daughter!!

Now the guards are after him, so he uses Walken as a shield, and gets out to the wedding, disrupting the ceremony. Walken escapes and heads back to his bunker. He calls for a cruise missle to level the trade show building. The missle is launched, but goes off course, and hits the Popeye restaurant, killing Walken.

Yonica, the reporter, and Hauser get to the airport, where Yonica’s honeymoon plane is waiting.

Just as we think they’ve gotten away, we see a heat seeking missle heading towards the plane.

The former Vice President holds a press conference, and blames extremists and terrorists for the explosion at the Popeye, and the killing of our beloved Viceroy.

Credits roll to a Joe Strummer song.

Need to add the corporate references, slogans, etc. Can’t wait for the DVD!

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Produced By:

  • John Cusack known as producer
  • Vic David known as line producer: second unit
  • Boaz Davidson known as executive producer
  • Doug Dearth known as co-producer
  • Danny Dimbort known as executive producer
  • Avi Lerner known as executive producer
  • Danny Lerner known as producer
  • Grace Loh known as producer
  • Mark Roper known as associate producer
  • Trevor Short known as executive producer
  • Les Weldon known as producer
  • Katsuhiko Yoshida known as co-producer (as Katsu J.J. Yoshida)

FullCast & Crew:

  • John Cusack known as Hauser
  • Hilary Duff known as Yonica Babyyeah
  • Marisa Tomei known as Natalie Hegalhuzen
  • Joan Cusack known as Marsha Dillon
  • Dan Aykroyd known as Mr. Vice President
  • Sergej Trifunovic known as Ooq-Mi-Fay Taqnufmini
  • Ned Bellamy known as Ooq-Yu-Fay Taqnufmini / Zubleh
  • John McLaughlin known as Himself
  • Montel Williams known as GuideStar Voice (voice)
  • Ben Kingsley known as Walken / The Viceroy
  • Lyubomir Neikov known as Omar Sharif (as Lubomir Neikov)
  • Nikolay Stanoev known as Bhodi Bhundhang (as Nikolai Stanoev)
  • George Zlatarev known as Director (as Georgi Zlatarev)
  • Bashar Rahal known as Video Guy #1
  • Velislav Pavlov known as Video Guy #2 (as Vesilav Pavlov)
  • Zahary Baharov known as Video Guy #3 (as Zahari Baharov)
  • Doug Dearth known as Geoff
  • Bill Cusack known as Tamerlane Caffeinated Soldier (as William Cusack)
  • Ben Cross known as Medusa Hair
  • Mark Roper known as Choreographer
  • Andrey Slabakov known as Cameraman (as Andrei Slabakov)
  • Joost Scholte known as Popeyes Cashier
  • Ryan Spike Dauner known as First Production Assistant (as Ryan Dauner)
  • Velizar Binev known as German Businessman
  • Davorka Tovilo known as German Woman
  • James Graves known as Tamerlane Guard
  • Troy Rowland known as Tamerlane Wedding Guard
  • Rachel O'Meara known as Implanted Reporter
  • Sandy Schklair known as Submarine Captain (as Sanford Schklair)
  • Nick Harvey known as Interfaith Clergyman
  • Itai Diakov known as Kid In Fallaf (as Itai Djakov)
  • Stanimir Stamatov known as Posse Guy
  • Georgi Gatzov known as Sound Man (as Georgi Gatsov)
  • Mark Johnson known as Tamerlane Staple-Gun Guard
  • Krassimir Simeonov known as Tamerlane Guard #1 (as Krasi Simeonov)
  • Velizar Peev known as Thug (as Zarko Peev)
  • Shirly Brener known as Hauser's Wife
  • Katerina Grableva known as Hauser's Child
  • Sergio Buenrostro known as Tamerlane Airport Guard
  • Alex Brown known as Tamerlane Airport Guard #2
  • Attia Hosni Attia known as Arabic Waiter
  • Ivo Kehayov known as Dry Cleaning Soldier Posse (as Ivaio Kehajov)
  • Teodor Tsolov known as Cab Driver
  • Lina Miyahara known as Wedding Guest
  • Daniela Dancheva known as Amputee Rockette
  • Gary Roper known as Tamerlane Bunker Guard
  • Lea Rosen known as Wedding Groomer
  • Ani Petrovska known as Amputee Back-Up Dancer
  • Maximus known as Yonica's Back-Up Dancers
  • Nenko Genov known as Winking Soldier (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Sofi Hvarleva known as makeup artist (as Sofi Hvurleva)
  • Ivon Ivanova known as key makeup artist
  • Violeta Lazarova known as makeup artist: second unit
  • Naska Popova known as makeup artist: second unit
  • Tatyana 'Tita' Sleptsova known as makeup artist: Ms. Tomei (as Tatyana Sleptcova)
  • Rositsa Tsanovska known as hair stylist (as Rositza Tzanovska)
  • Denise Wynbrandt known as hair stylist: Mr. Cusack
  • Denise Wynbrandt known as makeup artist: Mr. Cusack

Art Department:

  • Borislav Belberov known as stand-by props
  • Bogdan Bogdanov known as carpenter
  • Dirk Buchmann known as property master
  • Damian Dinev known as storyboard artist
  • Maria Doicheva known as painter
  • Andrey Filchev known as stand-by props
  • Martin Genchev known as carpenter
  • Branka Gligorova known as art department assistant
  • Anna Hadzhieva known as art department coordinator
  • Alexei Karagyaur known as graphic designer
  • Georgi Kodzhabashiyski known as painter
  • Jasen Kovachev known as set dresser
  • Axel Nicolet known as construction manager
  • Vladimir Petkov known as carpenter
  • Sonya Savova known as draftsperson
  • Eleonora Slavkova known as painter
  • Rosen Stefanov known as assistant set decorator
  • Arta Tozzi known as art department assistant
  • Zhivko Zhelyazkov known as storyboard artist
  • Evgeni Yordanov known as carpenter foreman (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • New Crime Productions
  • B & W Films
  • Boyana Film Studios
  • Millennium Films
  • Nu Image Entertainment GmbH

Other Companies:

  • Digital Post Services  delivery and international servicing
  • Hollywood Intermediate  digital intermediate services
  • Sonic Magic  sound post-production
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility


  • First Look International (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Long Shong Entertainment Multimedia Company (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Top Film (2008) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • 3L Filmverleih (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Manga Films (2008) (Spain) (theatrical)
  • Moonlight Films (2008) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • SP Films (2008) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • All Interactive Distribution (2008) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Eagle Films (2008) (non-USA) (all media) (Middle East)
  • First Look International (2008) (USA) (DVD)
  • Gativideo (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Ledafilms (2008) (Mexico) (TV)
  • Odeon (2008) (Greece) (all media)
  • Odeon (2008) (Romania) (all media)
  • Scanbox Entertainment (2008) (Finland) (DVD)
  • VVS Films (2008) (Canada) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Worldwide FX

Visual Effects by:

  • Nikolay Agopyan known as digital effects artist
  • Ivaylo Andonov known as digital artist
  • Javor Asenov known as visual effects
  • Simeon Asenov known as visual effects art director
  • Luba Atanasova known as colorist
  • Luba Atanasova known as video colorist
  • Dilyan Aynadzhiev known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Svilen Aynadzhiev known as digital compositor
  • Angelina Borisowa known as visual effect assistant editor
  • Lawles Bourque known as visual effects compositor
  • Maria Boyuklieva known as digital compositor
  • Rachel Clement known as digital cleanup artist
  • Scott Coulter known as visual effects producer
  • Yasen Denev known as digital matte painter
  • Yasen Denev known as illustrator
  • Konstantin Dimitrov known as digital compositor
  • Stoycho Dimitrov known as digital compositor
  • Stoycho Dimitrov known as digital effects artist
  • Paounka Dimitrova known as digital artist
  • Paounka Dimitrova known as visual effects
  • Georgi Gavanozov known as CGI lead animator
  • Dobri Georgiev known as lead cgi artist
  • Kiril Georgiev known as visual effects coordinator
  • Veselina Georgieva known as visual effects supervisor
  • Kiril Gizdov known as digital compositor
  • Dobromir Hristov known as digital compositor
  • Angel Ivanov known as digital effects artist
  • Ivan Ivanov known as digital artist
  • Ivan Gochev Ivanov known as visual effects artist
  • Velichko Ivanov known as lead artist
  • Albena Ivanova known as digital compositor
  • Milen Jiliazkov known as digital effects artist
  • Ivet Jordanova known as visual effects artist
  • Peter Keranov known as digital compositor
  • Momchil Kirov known as digital artist
  • Momchil Koev known as visual effects compositor
  • Nikolay Kolev known as digital artist
  • Kalin Krumov known as digital compositor
  • Dennis Little known as DI producer
  • Jordan Markov known as visual effects
  • Nikolay Mihailov known as digital compositor
  • Diana Moneva known as digital artist
  • Nikolay Pachov known as visual effects assistant editor
  • Nikolay Peev known as digital artist
  • Iskra Petkova known as digital artist
  • Steven Ramirez known as visual effects editor
  • Diana Simeonova known as matchmove artist
  • Georgi Staikov known as visual effects
  • Atanas Stankov known as visual effects
  • Boyan Stoyanov known as animator
  • Milan Stoyanov known as digital compositor
  • Stefan Tchakarov known as visual effects production supervisor
  • Peter Tomov known as visual effects lead artist
  • Stoilova Tsvetelina known as modeler
  • Arturo Lopez Uscanga known as scanning manager
  • Desislava Valcheva known as digital compositor
  • Alexander Valev known as digital compositor
  • Silvia Vasileva known as animator
  • Slavov Yanko known as matchmove artist
  • Vladimir Zdravkov known as visual effects systems administrator
  • Petko Zhivkov known as digital compositor

Release Date:

  • USA 28 April 2008 (Tribeca Film Festival)
  • USA 23 May 2008 (limited)
  • USA 31 July 2008 (Traverse City Film Festival)
  • Brazil 13 August 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Israel 4 September 2008
  • Russia 4 September 2008
  • Taiwan 6 September 2008
  • Italy 10 September 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Netherlands 9 October 2008
  • USA 14 October 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 30 October 2008
  • Hungary 25 November 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 28 November 2008 (DVD premiere)
  • Argentina 21 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 27 February 2009 (Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • UK 16 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Iceland 2 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Germany 22 April 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 22 May 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 22 July 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • France 8 June 2011 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for violence, language and brief sexual material


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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