Beirut

Beirut

DVD - 2018
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A U.S. diplomat (Jon Hamm) flees Lebanon in 1972 after a tragic incident at his home. Ten years later, he is called back to war-torn Beirut by a CIA operative (Rosamund Pike) to negotiate for the life of a friend he left behind.
Publisher: [Canada] :, Elevation Pictures,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE BEI
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
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akirakato
May 14, 2019

Directed by Brad Anderson in 2018, this American thriller depicts the rescue mission of an ex-diplomat during the Lebanese Civil War.
The protagonist faces a formidable question: who do you trust in a world where the truth emerges only when it seems convenient or profitable?
Although it appears like a taut action thriller, the film seems to ignore the political complexities of the Lebanese Civil War.

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panadero
Dec 16, 2018

moves along sloww. And quite fictional. Simplistic view on the Lebanese Civil War and it's players. Very sanitized for American viewing, I suppose.

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chasfred
Nov 21, 2018

Within the context of the fictional plot, an enjoyable film unfolds. However one must be cautioned at its depiction of the political conflicts, which is simplistic and told from an American perspective, while failing to examine deeply the influence of the United States in the turbulent history of the region. The most enjoyable part of the film for me was the way it examined how corruption created conflicts within the Americans running the operation. Given the caveat noted above, worth seeing.

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anonymouswe
Nov 19, 2018

I enjoyed this movie. It is not a cinematic Oscar achievement, but an intriguing enough story to pull you into the complex warring factions of Beirut. It definitely entertained me and kept me interested for the duration. I enjoyed it.

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22METZ
Oct 25, 2018

What a big disappointment. Hollywood built this movie up to be something great. They better start doing a lot better than this.

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ferm_dawg
Oct 19, 2018

Terrible movie. How it is possible for this to make it to the big screen would have been a far more interesting movie. Total trash, and I like John Hamm as a actor, too bad..

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lakeland53
Oct 13, 2018

Well acted story. Odd to see a city which was so beautiful. Then to see the ravages of what war brings. Film is based on true events; evidently odds and ends of different incidences. Good script, well presented by the director and actors. Makes me glad my life is not one of secret operatives.

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greatflicks
Oct 12, 2018

Another dark movie that I fell asleep watching. Girl friend stayed with it trying to get into the movie and just could not. When I woke up watched another 15 minuets and we finally took out the CD and watched a recorded hour of "The Good Doctor" it was excellent. I just could not give it any rating above two stars.

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margarita89
Oct 09, 2018

Hamm gives the best performance of his career!

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duanetucker
Oct 01, 2018

Contrived and convoluted, it plays out like an academic essay on the politics of Beruit prior to the Israeli invasion rather than an engaging dramatic exercise. You won’t exactly be sorry you saw it, but you won’t be terribly thrilled either.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2018

Opening narrative that is controversial P1 of 2:
For 4,000 years...villains and heroes, and they don't do that here. Here, you have Jews, Muslims, Christians, all living shoulder to shoulder, and it's messy. And the challenge for the State Department, for us...
-Sounds like I'm not gonna get a quick answer.
--Mason's just playing the diplomat, Congressman. He's been here long enough to explain this place in a minute.
-Let's have the shorter version. Give me the snapshot.
I don't know if I'd call it a snapshot, but I tell people, "If you wanna understand Lebanon, think of a boardinghouse without a landlord. The only thing the tenants have in common is their talent for betrayal. So these people have been living together, cheek by jowl, 20 centuries. 2,000 years of revenge, blood feuds, vendetta, murder.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2018

Opening narrative that is controversial P2 of 2:

One night there's a storm. Raining like hell. There's a knock at the door. Who is it? It's the Palestinians. They want in. They've been up and down the block. They had doors slammed in their face. They're cold. They're tired. They want in and they want in now. So the house is thrown into confusion. Tenants arguing. Some of 'em violently opposed. Some think, "Let 'em in. They'll be gone tomorrow." Some think, "I let them in tonight, then I'll have an ally against my enemy." Some of 'em are terrified if they keep the door shut. So it isn't until after the Palestinians move in that the other people in the house realize the tragedy of the situation. That the Palestinians want nothing more than to just burn down the Israeli house next door. Welcome to Beirut.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2018

You're an experienced negotiator. Negotiate.
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Not you. Israel. Why come to us? Why go to the son when the father is so close?
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I'm not here to answer questions. I'm here to tell you what must happen.
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Well, it's a widely held belief that dangling a skirt in front of a jet-lagged American man of your age is a high percentage play.
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Sent a comm signal out about 20 minutes ago, we just got called back. We've got four million in cash in the Embassy safe. There's a Naval cruiser stationed offshore with a SEAL team on standby. We've got approval to retarget the observation satellites. We've got all the pieces in place. We just gotta hope there's somebody worth talking to.
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Okay, fine. Just pretend for a minute that I'm actually gonna do my job. Who am I working for? The White House? The State Department? Don Gaines?
-Make Cal your client. Unless you blame him for what happened here.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2018

People can trust people based on whether or not they have something to gain?
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You don't have time to be polite, and you cannot afford to be predictable. You need cards to play, and you need them right now.
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I was raised as an only child in a very small home with two people who basically hated each other just enough to stay together. So, I guess you could say I've been mediating since before I was born. So, to give you some kind of context, when I was about nine years old, one night my father came home from one of his girlfriends' house. And my mother served him for dinner that night about a dozen of his best racing pigeons.
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Syria has antiaircraft bunkers all over the Bekaa Valley. Half of them are decoys.
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Munich Olympics. Madrid. 16 Israeli tourists. A synagogue in Istanbul. 14 victims. Children. El Al flight 305. 46 dead. Families.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2018

Things happened in haste. People acted in ways that might be subject to a variety of legitimate interpretation. ... Everybody got what they wanted. It's a rare thing. Might as well enjoy it.
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He wants this to go sideways. He wants to tip it over and give Israel all the reason it needs to come on in here.
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Always good people suffer the most, huh?
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What's it like to throw your whole career away in one night?
-You should know, right?
You're tougher than I was. I don't get surprised very often. Not in a good way.
That's my version of a compliment.
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I thought we'd try and make a deal.
-And do what? Shake down the PLO?
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You're the PLO. You're Arafat. You're desperately trying to hold this cease-fire together. The last thing you want is the Israelis crossing the border. One more incident, one more bomb, another assassination, and they'll stop asking for permission. They're gonna roll up and push you right into the sea.

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jimg2000
Aug 24, 2018

HAMM: Yeah, no, it's a - narratively, the story - it's not based on any one true story. It's sort of an amalgam of experiences that when Tony Gilroy, the writer of the script, was researching this role, he had seen a lot of the people in the CIA or the Foreign Service had gone through some sort of version of being kidnapped or taken hostage in some way and used as pawns in this geopolitical theater.

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/14/602443835/jon-hamm-on-beirut

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