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The Kingdom (2007)

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A team of U.S. government agents are sent to investigate the bombing of an American facility in the Middle East.

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Peter Berg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Ronald Fleury
Chris Cooper ... Grant Sykes
Jennifer Garner ... Janet Mayes
Jason Bateman ... Adam Leavitt
Ashraf Barhom ... Colonel Faris Al Ghazi
Ali Suliman ... Sergeant Haytham
Jeremy Piven ... Damon Schmidt
Richard Jenkins ... Robert Grace
Tim McGraw ... Aaron Jackson
Kyle Chandler ... Francis Manner
Frances Fisher ... Elaine Flowers
Danny Huston ... Gideon Young
Kelly AuCoin ... Ellis Leach
Anna Deavere Smith ... Maricella Canavesio
Minka Kelly ... Miss Ross
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Storyline

After a terrorist attack on an American housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where families and FBI Agent Francis Manner are murdered, FBI agent Ronald Fleury blackmails the Saudi Arabian consul to get five days of investigation in the location. He travels with agent Grant Sykes, Janet Mayes and Adam Leavitt to avenge their friend and try to find those responsible for the bombing. The agents find all sorts of difficulties in their investigation, but they are supported by Colonel Faris Al Ghazi that advises the team how to act in a hostile environment. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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How do you stop an enemy who isn't afraid to die? See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for intense sequences of graphic brutal violence, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

28 September 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El reino See more »

Filming Locations:

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$70,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,135,055, 30 September 2007

Gross USA:

$47,536,778

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$86,658,558
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A number of extras used in the scenes at the U.S. Contractor compound were not actually Arabic. They were Hispanic local area residents. Makeup was applied to their faces to give them more of a middle-eastern appearance. See more »

Goofs

In the intro sequence, the film says that oil was discovered in 1933 by accident and that the ARAMCO was founded as the first union between Saudi Arabia and the United States in 1938. In reality, the dates are switched. The company was founded by Chevron in 1933 and the same company later discovered oil in 1938. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator #1: After capturing most of the Arabian Peninsula with the help of the Wahhabi Islamic warriors, Ibn Saud establishes the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
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References Heat (1995) See more »

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Finale
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Written by Danny Elfman
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Very Well Made Geopolitical Thriller
19 December 2007 | by cdelacroix1See all my reviews

I saw this movie in a dollar movie recently ... actually my 2nd viewing, I saw it when it first opened around her, a month or so ago. I liked it then, and I like it now.

First, I really liked the introductory "background history". I would not recommend for a moment regarding this as "real history". But a geopolitical thriller like this needs something to set the geopolitical stage for the story, and this introduction made for a great quick "set up" that to me works very well indeed.

The idea of intermixing this intro with the introductory credits saves time and sets it apart from the rest of the story … which is what a good "set-up" should do. It's very much like having an opening panel, such as we see in a lot of 1930s or 1940s historical romances, that gives us a similar "historical" set-up. "In 1592, King Richard had left England on Crusade. While gone, the Sheriff of Nottingham ruled supreme. Only Robin Hood and his band of merry men stood in his way." In this example, I'm pulling the date out of the air, and everything else is made up, too. But that's the kind of placard they used to use to set up a Robin Hood movie. Well, in The Kingdom, the introductory sequence was an elaboration of that introductory placard. And to me it worked great setting up the story.

And what a great story. Like any good geopolitical thriller, it maintains a careful if sometimes intricate balance between the individuals involved in the narrow, here-and-now action, and the personages and institutions involved in the much larger "big picture" So we have 4 particular FBI agents constantly interacting with and reflecting on the larger political context in Washington, DC and in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. There's just enough dialog about these things to keep the story moving, without overwhelming the audience with the kind of boring "talking heads" scenes that afflict another contemporary movie about the War on Terror, Lions into Lambs. We have plenty of material to prompt from us a personal interest in the individuals involved here, who are presented as convincingly real people, and not as the kind of impersonal stereotypes who sit and lecture each other in Lions into Lambs.

The story is told with an immediacy and a fast pace that kept my attention throughout. Gritty realism is the style throughout and is carried off very convincingly, as far as I can see. All of the actors turned in solid performances from a script that seemed to me to be very convincing. The cinematography was excellent throughout.

All in all, I think The Kingdom is a wonderful movie that quickly engaged me, and then set about establishing and retaining my keen interest from beginning to end.


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