Body of Lies
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Body of Lies

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Director: Ridley Scott

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong


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Fresh off of their success with director Martin Scorsese's The Departed, star Leonardo DiCaprio and screenwriter William Monahan team with director Ridley Scott for this screen adaptation of David Ignatius' novel Body of Lies.…  See more details below


Fresh off of their success with director Martin Scorsese's The Departed, star Leonardo DiCaprio and screenwriter William Monahan team with director Ridley Scott for this screen adaptation of David Ignatius' novel Body of Lies. When CIA operative Roger Ferris (DiCaprio) uncovers evidence indicating that a major terrorist leader may be operating out of Jordan, he enlists the aid of CIA veteran Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe) in infiltrating the elusive saboteur's vast underground network. During the course of his dangerous mission, Ferris gradually comes to question how much he can trust his presumed allies -- who include not just Hoffman, but the outwardly helpful head of Jordanian intelligence as well.

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All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Ridley Scott's Body of Lies follows the increasingly complex machinations of CIA agent Roger Ferris (Leonardo DiCaprio), who begins the film as a field agent in the Middle East attempting to secure information that would stop upcoming terrorist attacks. Ferris maintains regular phone contact with his boss Ed Hoffman (Russell Crowe), a CIA bigwig -- forever on his cell phone -- dispensing directives while attending to domestic duties like kiddie soccer games. After a promotion, Ferris becomes the Agency's number one man in Jordan, quickly earning the trust of Jordanian intelligence official Hani (Mark Strong in a scene-stealing performance) -- a relationship that Hoffman compromises in an attempt to catch one of the world's most feared terrorists. All of these characters come to life thanks to William Monahan's airtight adaptation of David Ignatious' novel, and the uniformly excellent performances. In addition to serving up some deliciously funny one-liners, Monahan employs a simple step-by-step construction in order to tell this remarkably complicated espionage tale -- a story chock-full of divided loyalties and paranoia. The audience always knows exactly as much as Ferris does, a fact that keeps his motivations -- and therefore the entire plot -- clear. As for the actors, DiCaprio is, in no uncertain terms, a movie star; and this is a star turn. He's certainly credible as an action hero, but he also communicates intelligence, fear, and an inherent morality in the scenes between the big explosions. This accomplishment makes the chases and gunfights all the more entertaining because we actually care about the person whose life is constantly at risk. Crowe complements DiCaprio as the Aussie's strong physical presence plays off DiCaprio's inherent softness (no matter how much time he spends in the weight room, Leo will always be a baby face). Ridley Scott's movies have always betrayed his formative years in advertising; his films always offer loads of surface pleasure, but they rarely have strong ideas. The crisply photographed and edited Body of Lies reveals some ambition, for while it certainly works as pure entertainment, this tale of a good man trying to extract himself from an impossible situation offers some commentary on America's feelings about being in Iraq. Fortunately, Scott never hammers this point home, and the result isn't a lecture about American foreign policy, but a smartly updated old-fashioned espionage thriller.

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Warner Home Video
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Special Features

Commentary by director Ridley Scott, screenwriter William Monahan and original novel author David Ignatius; Actionable Intelligence: Deconstructing Body of Lies - Key sequences are explored in depth via on-set footage and cast/crew interviews

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leonardo DiCaprio Roger Ferris
Russell Crowe Ed Hoffman
Mark Strong Hani
Golshifteh Farahani Aisha
Oscar Isaac Bassam
Ali Suliman Omar Sadiki
Alon Aboutboul Al-Saleem
Vince Colosimo Skip
Simon McBurney Garland
Mehdi Nebbou Nizar
Michael Gaston Holiday
Kais Nashef Mustafa Karami
Jameel Khoury Marwan
Lubna Azabal Aisha's Sister Cala
Ghali Benlafkih Aisha's Nephew Rowley
Youssef Srondy Aisha's Nephew Yousef
Ali El Khalil Zayed Ibishi
Giannina Facio Hoffman's Wife
Chase Edmunds Hoffman's Son Timmy
Morgan A. Vick Hoffman's Daughter
Michael Stuhlbarg Ferris' Attorney
Sherif Eltayeb Executioner
David Ganly Doctor at Qatar Military Base
Bijan Daneshmand Amman Clinic Doctor
Houda Zbit Hani's Wife
Omar Berdouni Al-Saleem's Lieutenant
Richard DeMayo Tony
Clara Khoury Bassam's Wife
Abdu Rahim Kashmir Safe House Jihadist
Sami Samir Taxi Driver - Syrian Border
Xanthe Elbrick Manchester News Reporter
Ali Alvi Manchester Bomber #1
Zef Balbona Manchester Bomber #2
Vedant Gokhale Manchester Bomber #3
Ran Nikfam Amsterdam Bomber
Albert Twanmo Japanese Tourist Husband with Camera
Ellie Wang Japanese Tourist Wife
Allen Lidkey Medic in Helicopter
Drif Said Turkish Engineer/Explosive's Expert
Zakaria Atifi Al-Masri
William Meredith Soldier in Qatar
Howard W. Overshown Predator Room Captain
Kathy Brady Predator Room Captain #2
Quentin Mare Predator Operator Langley
Matt Gulbranson Predator Operator Langley #2
Jill Wolsey Soccer Mom
Annabelle Wallis Hani's Girlfriend in Bar

Technical Credits
Ridley Scott Director,Producer
Michael Castellano Costumes/Costume Designer
Michael Costigan Executive Producer
Robert Cowper Art Director
Donald De Line Producer
Ahmed Hatimi Asst. Director
Jina Jay Casting
Avy Kaufman Casting
Peter Kohn Asst. Director
Arthur Max Production Designer
William Monahan Screenwriter
Alexandro Santucci Art Director
Pietro Scalia Editor
Charles Schlissel Executive Producer
Marc Streitenfeld Score Composer
Alexander Witt Cinematographer
Janty Yates Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Body of Lies
1. Now They Will Bleed [3:06]
2. Our Enemy [3:45]
3. Reluctant Martyr [5:38]
4. Cut Him Loose [3:37]
5. You Do Know We're at War [2:30]
6. High-Value Targets [8:07]
7. See You on the Way Down [3:55]
8. Hani's Rule [3:25]
9. Cover Blown [5:11]
10. Punishment [2:26]
11. Amsterdam Strike [2:19]
12. A Man Inside [4:01]
13. No Reciprocity [4:38]
14. Elusive Quarry [3:12]
15. Apart From His Job [4:09]
16. Hani's Ultimatum [3:46]
17. What If? [3:05]
18. Straw Man [2:51]
19. Setting up Sadiki [4:50]
20. Return to Jordan [2:31]
21. Family Lunch [:04]
22. In Business [5:22]
23. Implementing Fig Orchard [2:06]
24. Eyes on Sadiki [3:24]
25. About This American [:40]
26. In the Picture [2:41]
27. Trading for Aisha [3:42]
28. Sorry, Buddy [4:57]
29. The Light Is on You [3:05]
30. In the Name of God [3:25]
31. First Visitor [6:01]
32. Nobody's Innocent [2:27]
33. End Credits [2:53]

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Body of Lies 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Bryan_Cassiday_author More than 1 year ago
As directed by Ridley Scott, "Body of Lies" is an engrossing, tense spy thriller adapted by William Monahan ("Departed") from a novel by "Washington Post" columnist David Ignatius. It's a long movie, but I was never aware of its length, as the film is tautly paced and never lets up.

Shot on location, "Body of Lies" is a gritty depiction of espionage in the Middle East. As the title suggests, the movie is all about lies within lies. In the end everyone is deceiving and exploiting everyone else and nobody can be trusted.

The hero, Roger Ferris, himself a CIA liar, realizing deception is the name of the game, is finally revolted by it, and comes to terms with it his way. His boss, Hoffman, on the other hand, could care less about the dissimulation and the manipulation. Ever the pragmatist, the overweight Hoffman cares only about results. For him the end justifies the means. He has no problem with that--and the beat goes on, as far as he's concerned.

--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"
Popsicle More than 1 year ago
Okay this movie was by far the most boring action movie. The story didn't make sense, well to me. But it wasn't any good. I regret watching it.
SleepDreamWrite 5 months ago
The cinematography looked good. The story was interesting. Some of the performances were good.
Jokar More than 1 year ago
Great job all around. This movie kept my interest throughout. Get this one to watch more than once.
HZep More than 1 year ago
This is a great fast moving action thriller. It has deception, love, and frustration. Great read. I want to read his other books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this movie is def one of the better movies to own. gripping storyline and fantastic acting by everyone.
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MichiganStorms More than 1 year ago
Fine movie from Ridley Scott. He always delivers a well put together film. His touch is always interesting. Actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong and Golshifteh Farahani are very good in this.