The War Within

Overview

The war on terror has an unusual effect on one man in this independent drama. Hassan Ayad Akhtar was an engineering student from Pakistan who, while studying in Paris, was one of several Pakistani students arrested by intelligence officers on suspicion of participating in international terrorist activities. Hassan was innocent of any crimes, but it took him hours to convince the authorities of this. By the time Hassan was released, his attitude about the West had begun to change, and in time he began to identify ...
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Overview

The war on terror has an unusual effect on one man in this independent drama. Hassan Ayad Akhtar was an engineering student from Pakistan who, while studying in Paris, was one of several Pakistani students arrested by intelligence officers on suspicion of participating in international terrorist activities. Hassan was innocent of any crimes, but it took him hours to convince the authorities of this. By the time Hassan was released, his attitude about the West had begun to change, and in time he began to identify with the terrorists with whom he had been unwittingly associated. Hassan then renounces his old life, joins a radical group, and illegally slips into the United States with the aim of staging a major terrorist action in New York City. Hassan comes to stay with an old friend, Sayeed Firdous Bamji, and his family; Hassan has told Sayeed and his wife Sarita Choudhury that he's come to New York in search of a job, but in time Sayeed suspects his friend has a different agenda in mind. The War Within was screened as part of the 2005 Toronto Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature/Audio commentary by writer/director Joseph Castelo and writer/actor Ayad Akhtar; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/31/2006
  • UPC: 876964000031
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Magnolia
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 76,991

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ayad Akhtar Hassan
Firdous Bamji Sayeed
Nandana Sen Duri
Sarita Choudhury Farida
John Ventimiglia Gabe
Varun Sriram Ali
Aasif Mandvi Abdul
Ajay Naidu Naveed
Charles Daniel Sandoval Khalid
Samrat Chakrabarti Chief Inspector Khan
Kamal Marayati Imam Hamza
Mike McGlone Mike O'Reilly
Anjeli Chapman Rasheeda
Wayman Ezell Izzy
James Rana Saudi Man
Chritopher Castelo Steven
Christine Commesso News Anchorwoman
John Zibell Officer Carroll
Joseph Ascolese Cop #1
Douglas Paretti Cop #2
Michael Balsely Agent #1
Robert Martin Carroll Agent #2
David Bishins Tall Agent
Angel Desai Reporter
Per Melita Terrorist
Roy Farfel CIA Agent #1
Jeff Ward CIA Agent #2
Glenn Pike CIA Agent #3
Vanessa Landino Receptionist
Deepti Gupta Woman #1
Farah Bala Woman #2
Deepa Purohit Woman #3
Goli Samii Female Passenger
Troy Hall Male Passenger #1
David Connolly Male Passenger #2
Dianne Busch Ticket Clerk
Manny Siverio Stunt Coordinator
Technical Credits
Joseph Castelo Director, Screenwriter
Ayad Akhtar Screenwriter
Sameer Bajar Consultant/advisor
Will Battersby Associate Producer
Stephanie Carroll Production Designer
Mark Cuban Executive Producer
David Holmes Score Composer
Free Association Score Composer
Tom Glynn Producer, Screenwriter
Sylvia Grieser Costumes/Costume Designer
David Isern Camera Operator
Malcolm Jamieson Editor
Cecily Kaston Asst. Director
Jason Kliot Producer
Heidi Kulow Makeup
Nicole Lebries Makeup
David Leitner Cinematographer
Hagen Linss Makeup
Gretchen McGowan Co-producer
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Per Melita Co-producer
Afia Nathaniel Consultant/advisor
Ruben O'Malley Cinematographer
Michael G. Pollard Associate Producer
Lisa Rinzler Cinematographer
Juan Rodriguez Sound Mixer
Gabriel Sanders Sound Mixer
Ernesto Solo Art Director
Cindy Tolan Casting
Tory Tunnell Associate Producer
Joana Vicente Producer
Todd Wagner Executive Producer
Joe White Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The War Within
2. Abduction [4:59]
3. Opening Titles / Smuggle [4:53]
4. Reunion [5:20]
5. Base of Operations [4:32]
6. Sightseeing Plans [3:14]
7. Grand Central Station [3:31]
8. Goodbye Letter [7:27]
9. "There's No Job" [5:42]
10. Starting Over [2:38]
11. The Young Muslim [5:16]
12. Uncomfortably Comfortable [6:26]
13. "I Fight Them" [8:03]
14. A Second Chance [2:51]
15. Secret Workroom [2:21]
16. Healing Wounds [3:32]
17. Exposed / 911 [4:53]
18. The War Within [10:26]
19. Epilogue / End Credits [6:18]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- The War Within
   Play Film
   Set Up
      Audio Options:
         5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
         Audio Commentary
      Subtitles:
         Spanish On
         Spanish Off
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Material
      Feature Audio Commentary by Writer/Director Joseph Castelo and Writer/Actor Ayad Akhtar
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Alternate Opening
         Alternate School
         Hassan Hears Duri
         Towncar - Hassan & Khalid
         Hassan Awoken From a Dream By Ali
         The Passengers
         Gabe Bails Hassan out
         Alternate Motel
      Theatrical Trailer
      Also From Magnolia Home Entertainment
         Play All Trailers
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         Bubble
         A League Of Ordinary Gentlemen
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