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      The Devil's Double

      R Released Jul 29, 2011 1 hr. 49 min. Action Drama Biography Mystery & Thriller List
      55% 104 Reviews Tomatometer 64% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Having been forced to act as a body double for one of Saddam Hussein's sons, Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) gives an insider's look at the life of the Iraqi tyrant. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Sep 06 Buy Now

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      The Devil's Double has plenty of gangster spectacle and Dominic Cooper ably playing off his dual roles, but this crime epic struggles to balance the fun of bad behavior with the dead serious crimes of its subject.

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      Liam D The best movie by Lee Tamahori (Next, The Edge) in the last two decades and Dominic Cooper (From Hell, The Escapist) great dual performance make this strange true story a watch Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/27/21 Full Review Audience Member Well acted and directed. The story was on point for many of the rumors/instances we knew about Uday Hussein . Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review kevin c Dominic Cooper plays a dual role in this film about Uday Hussein, son of Saddam who forces a man who looks similar to him to become his double. Unable to see his family he tries to find a way out of the sadistic young Hussein's rule. Cooper is pretty great in both roles. Another standout is the gorgeous Ludivine Sagnier. Pretty fascinating look inside the house of Saddam Hussein. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This is an outright chilling depiction of the House of Saddam Hussein in the late 80's in Baghdad, one known for brutality even to it's own people. You learn rather quickly that anything and everything can be bought in a sort of playground for the rich and powerful. An Iraqi soldier, Latif Yahia, is targeted by Uday Hussein, the callous and rather unstable son of Saddam Hussein to be his body double bringing. He finds himself in the heart of the beast, Saddam Husseins office and given a proposition guns drawn. If he refuses Latif's entire family would be executed, he's left with no choice and is brought on as Uday's body double. Uday a snake of a man who does whatever he wants, also praying on young women and little girls, some of these depictions are sickening. Of corse this task is extremely dangerous as Uday is a very hated man with many enemies and Latif is caught in the middle of a world of corruption and assassination attempts. Latif must now juggle his forced reality and a need to escape and regain he freedom cutting ties from the self proclaimed immortal Uday Hussein. A very satisfying look at a rather untapped piece of history to film. The kind of story that unless someone told you it actually happened this way then you'd be hard pressed to imagine it happened at all. Many won't like the total focus on Uday's depravity but it's to really hit home the fact that these gutless acts were a huge part of the war on terror as well, the fact people in power over there most times treated their own people like cattle. Dominic Cooper plays this film fantastically playing both Latif and Uday respectively. In most scenes you barely notice both are played by the same actor, the two characters are so different and Dominic hits both perfect. I highly recommend you watch this as it's a very important in depth piece of history that taps into a world most were unaware existed. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member When you're a cocaine fuelled alcoholic maniac son of an Iraqi dictator you need body doubles so all the people trying to kill you get confused. Latif is one such double, a perfect doppelganger for psychopath Uday Hussein, who is unwillingly roped into his debauched world of drugs, booze, opulence and psychotic cruelty. There aren't any real surprises here about what the infamous son of Saddam got up to but it's compelling viewing anyway, even with one actor playing both major roles. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review corkball Movie is well done, but geez that is messed up. Like watching Goodfellows, the point is 'power corrupts'. It isn't a movie I would want to watch twice. If you are stuck in a dead end job with a hateful boss, THIS is the film for you. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Los Angeles Times Despite numerous pluses - Lee Tamahori's vigorous direction, handsome cinematography, outstanding production design, an impressive dual performance by Dominic Cooper as Uday and Latif - the film is more wearying than entertaining. Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly I'm not sure what it all adds up to, but The Devil's Double puts its hooks in you and keeps them there. Rated: B+ Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader Equally as offensive as the movie's smorgasbord of smut and violence is the lingering whiff of colonial-era orientalism, a Western predilection for regarding Eastern cultures as innately idle, lascivious, irrational, and thus ripe for intervention. Sep 1, 2011 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Though it’s not a very insightful or illuminating experience, it’s a visceral one that can’t help but hold your attention. Rated: 3/4 Mar 6, 2023 Full Review Jason Best Movie Talk Cooper is terrific in his two roles, but he's much better than the film itself, which is as flashy and violent as the decadent world it depicts - and just as shallow. Dec 5, 2020 Full Review Felicia Feaster Charleston City Paper [A] mercilessly long-winded film with little on its mind beyond cataloging Uday's depravity. Jan 17, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Having been forced to act as a body double for one of Saddam Hussein's sons, Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) gives an insider's look at the life of the Iraqi tyrant.
      Director
      Lee Tamahori
      Executive Producer
      Harris Tulchin, Arjen Terpstra
      Screenwriter
      Michael Thomas
      Distributor
      Lionsgate Films
      Production Co
      Corsan, Staccato Films, Corrino
      Rating
      R (Graphic Nudity|Drug Use|Torture|Pervasive Language|Sexual Content|Strong Brutal Bloody Violence)
      Genre
      Action, Drama, Biography, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 29, 2011, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jul 2, 2013
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $1.4M
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