Live From Baghdad

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Overview

As America geared itself for another possible armed conflict in Iraq, the HBO cable service offered a dramatization of events surrounding the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Originally telecast on December 8, 2002, Live From Baghdad recounted the efforts by the CNN network to be first on the scene when hostilities broke out in the Gulf in late 1990. Inaugurating round-the-clock coverage of the warfare with the invasion of Kuwait, dauntless CNN producers Robert Wiener Michael Keaton and Ingrid Formanek Helena Bonham ...
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Overview

As America geared itself for another possible armed conflict in Iraq, the HBO cable service offered a dramatization of events surrounding the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Originally telecast on December 8, 2002, Live From Baghdad recounted the efforts by the CNN network to be first on the scene when hostilities broke out in the Gulf in late 1990. Inaugurating round-the-clock coverage of the warfare with the invasion of Kuwait, dauntless CNN producers Robert Wiener Michael Keaton and Ingrid Formanek Helena Bonham Carter, aided and abetted by on-the-scene reporters Bernard Shaw Robert Wisdom, Peter Arnett Bruce McGill, and John Holliman John Carroll Lynch, among many others, represented the only American news service on the scene during the first night of bombing on January 16, 1991. Not only does Live From Baghdad celebrate the heroism and meticulous fairness of the CNN crew, but it also vividly demonstrates how a tiny but tenacious basic cable channel managed to out-scoop the Big Three networks, thereby becoming one of the most powerful and influential journalistic forces in the world.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Mick Jackson's Live From Baghdad works as an entertaining and effective drama, but it provides disappointingly inadequate context in its depiction of the events surrounding the 1991 Gulf War. For example, in one crucial scene the CNN team in Baghdad (well-played by Michael Keaton, Helena Bonham Carter, and Lili Taylor) travels to Kuwait (at the invitation of the Iraqi Ministry of Information) to visit a hospital in order to investigate allegations that Iraqi soldiers were taking Kuwaiti infants from incubators during their thorough looting of the country. These allegations are given surprising credence in the film, despite the fact that they were later discovered to have been invented by an American PR firm working for Kuwaiti interests. There's no acknowledgement of this crucial information in Live From Baghdad. Although the film purports to show the events from the point-of-view of CNN executive news producer Robert Wiener (Keaton), one would think that any honest account of the events depicted would include the media distortions that led up to the bombing of Iraq. But the film doesn't have a single unpleasant thing to say about the news media, particularly CNN. (This isn't especially surprising, as it is based on Wiener's account of the events and was made for CNN sister company HBO.) That said, the film is uniformly well-played (though Hamish Linklater stands out as tuna-toting correspondent Richard Roth, whose dweebish demeanor belies his intrepid reportorial skills) and tightly scripted (with an assist from John Patrick Shanley, who wrote Moonstruck). Despite its larger failings, the film is entertaining and captures the unique pressures and tensions of reporting from a hostile war zone.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/28/2012
  • UPC: 883316444375
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 81,184

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Robert Wiener
Helena Bonham Carter Ingrid Formanek
Lili Taylor Judy Parker
Joshua Leonard Mark Biello
David Suchet Naji Al Hadithi
Michael Cudlitz Tom Murphy
Hamish Linklater Richard Roth
Michael Murphy Tom Johnson
Paul Guilfoyle Ed Turner
Jerry Haleva Saddam Hussein
Val Lauren CNN Technician
John Carroll Lynch John Holliman
Bruce McGill Peter Arnett
Robert Wisdom Bernard Shaw
Technical Credits
Mick Jackson Director
Richard Chapman Teleplay
Sara Colleton Executive Producer
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Joe Hutshing Editor
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
George W. Perkins Producer
Timothy J. Sexton Screenwriter
John Patrick Shanley Teleplay
Ivan Strasburg Cinematographer
Rosalie Swedlin Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Just Hackneyed

    I could barely hold myself up during this film without laughing. It was so hackneyed and hokey, God it was funny. Couldn't they have just killed Saddam right there, so our problems would have been over?

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