The Devil's Double

August 10th, 2011


The Devil's Double

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A chilling vision of the House of Saddam Hussein comes to life through the eyes of the man who was forced to become the double of Hussein's sadistic son.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.1/10 (16,205 voted)

Critic's Score: 52/100

Director: Lee Tamahori

Stars: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi

Baghdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought - but for a price. This is Uday Hussein's world and with his depraved lust for debauchery and immorality, he helps himself to whatever turns him on. When army lieutenant Latif Yahia is summoned to Saddam's palace, he is faced with an impossible request - to be Uday's 'fiday' - his body double, or have his family condemned to death. In a world entrenched in betrayal and corruption, knowing who to trust becomes a matter of life or death for Latif, as he battles to escape from his forced existence.

Writers: Michael Thomas, Latif Yahia

Dominic Cooper - Uday Hussein / Latif Yahia
Ludivine Sagnier - Sarrab
Raad Rawi - Munem
Philip Quast - Saddam Hussein / Faoaz
Mimoun Oaïssa - Ali
Khalid Laith - Yassem Al-Helou
Dar Salim - Azzam
Nasser Memarzia - Latif's Father
Mem Ferda - Kamel Hannah
Pano Masti - Said
Akin Gazi - Saad
Stewart Scudamore - Father of School Girl
Amrita Acharia - School Girl
Elektra Anastasi - School Girl 2
Amber Rose Revah - Bride

Taglines: Play the part or suffer the consequences


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Release Date: 10 August 2011

Filming Locations: Grand Hotel Excelsior, Malta

Box Office Details

Budget: €15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $96,414 (USA) (31 July 2011) (5 Screens)

Gross: $1,357,042 (USA) (25 September 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Danny Boyle was considered to direct.

Factual errors: Scenes showing the Iraqi army invading Kuwait include an armored personnel carrier marked with an inverted V. This symbol was used on vehicles belonging to the coalition invading Iraq during operation Desert Storm.

User Review

Best movie 11/10

Rating: 10/10

I saw The Devil's Double at the Sundance Film festival back in January. I didn't really know anything about the story, but there was such a buzz about it at the festival I thought, why not? that's what festivals are for, watching movies you might not normally see. I wasn't sorry that I did, from the first scene until the last I was gripped, I found myself laughing at times when normally you wouldn't, but that was the great thing about it, it was a roller-coaster ride. A gangster movie set in Baghdad in the 80's, the fact that it's based on a true story doesn't really hit you until you walk out, and you completely believe that the lead Dominic Cooper is two different people. Fantastic. Even more fantastic is the fact that the guy who the movie is about Latif Yahia is still alive! I've seen some people rate this movie with one or two stars, nonsense, 11 out of 10 it's great! But don't believe me, spend a few dollars and make up your own mind, you won't be sorry, I certainly wasn't.


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