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The Devil's Double (2011)

The Devil's Double

Overview


Genre

Drama, Action

Release Date

July 29, 2011 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

108 min.

Studio

Lionsgate Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Lee Tamahori

Producer

Paul Breuls, Michael John Fedun, Emjay Rechsteiner, Catherine Vandeleene

Screenwriter

Michael Thomas

Starring

  • Dominic Cooper as Latif Yahia/Uday Hussein
  • Ludivine Sagnier as Sarrab
  • Mimoun Oaissa
  • Raad Rawi
  • Mem Ferda
  • Phillip Quast
  • Dar Salim
  • Pano Masti
  • Nasser Memarzia
  • Khalid Laith

Story


Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate's "The Devil's Double" takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Bagdad, 1987.

Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein's palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is thrust into the highest echelons of the "royal family" when he's ordered to become the 'fiday' - or body double - to Saddam's son, the notorious "Black Prince" Uday Hussein (also Dominic Cooper), a reckless, sadistic party-boy with a rabid hunger for sex and brutality.

With his and his family's lives at stake, Latif must surrender his former self forever as he learns to walk, talk and act like Uday. But nothing could have prepared him for the horror of the Black Prince's psychotic, drug-addled life of fast cars, easy women and impulsive violence. With one wrong move costing him his life, Latif forges an intimate bond with Sarrab (Ludivine Sangier), Uday's seductive mistress who's haunted by her own secrets. But as war looms with Kuwait and Uday's depraved gangster regime threatens to destroy them all, Latif realizes that escape from the devil's den will only come at the highest possible cost.

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Dominic Cooper
The New York Premiere of The Devil's Double
Jul 25, 2011
Dominic Cooper
The New York Premiere of The Devil's Double
Jul 25, 2011

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a great double stretch for an actor and Mr. Cooper plays both the smoldering Latif and the bombastic Uday with combustible energy..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]
“..is a good-to-great film, but it's sabotaged by a weak script and direction that fails to fully realize its challenging subject matter..”
by Kat Murphy [MSN Movies]
“..the movie is one hot mess, but the dynamite Cooper makes it work..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]