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The Devil's Double [DVD]

Dominic Cooper , Ludivine Sagnier , Lee Tamahori    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Mem Ferda
  • Directors: Lee Tamahori
  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005O70ZOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,031 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, The Devil's Double takes a white-knuckle ride deep into the lawless playground of excess and violence known as Baghdad, 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 Sagnier), 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 realises that escape from the devil‘s den will only come at the highest possible cost.

Featuring a riveting double performance by Dominic Cooper (An Education, Mamma Mia) in the roles of Latif Yahia and Uday Hussein, The Devil's Double is a dynamic, chilling adaptation of Latif Yahia’s autobiographical novel, charting one man’s defiant struggle to survive a viper's pit of corruption and brutality. The film is directed by Lee Tamahori (Die Another Day, XXX: State of the Union) and written by Michael Thomas (Backbeat, Scandal).

Extra Content
  • Commentary with Director Lee Tamahori
  • The Making of
  • Interview with Latif Yahia
  • Interview with Dominic Cooper
  • Production Design
  • Make Up
  • UK Premiere Highlights

Product Description

Thriller tracing the story of an Iraqi soldier forced to be the body double of Saddam Husseins sadistic son Uday. With his family threatened with death if he fails to comply, soldier Latif Yahia Dominic Cooper undergoes surgery and studiously studies Uday also played by Coopers personal habits, determined not to make any mistakes that may provoke the rage of the notorious playboy. As the months pass, Latifs constant exposure to Udays sadistic excesses leads him to search for a way out, but his plans to escape are complicated when he begins to fall for the attentions of Udays mistress Sarrab Ludivine Sagnier.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dominic Cooper is fantastic 21 Nov 2011
By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The Devil's Double is the story of the fedai (body double) of Udai Hussein. Set in the late 80's to early 90's - Latif (Dominic Cooper - The History Boys) is chosen as the best and coerced into a life of living as Udai's brother. Surrounded by the extravagant palaces and trappings of wealth afforded to Udai, he sees the sickening hypocrisy in the dictator's oil-rich Iraq as Udai parties with prostitutes and dabbles in drink & drugs. He has an unbelievable air of entitlement; as he snatches schoolgirls off the street to have his way with and makes his double, Latif, deal with the unpleasant side of compensating & placating the parents of his victims... Will Latif ever manage to escape this life of servitude?

The Devil's Double is an extremely interesting film that is quite unlike anything being released at the moment. It's portrayal of Udai is questionable but questionable veracity aside; Cooper's performance is fantastic as he alternates between the highly-strung playboy Udai and the more tolerant & benevolent Latif with seeming ease. The CGI is decent, with only a couple of scenes with the both of them on screen being dubious. Cooper is supported by a worthy cast, including the love interest Sarrab (played by Ludivine Sagnier) and the picturesque surrounds of Baghdad make an eye-meltingly beautiful setting.

Extras: Includes an audio commentary with director Lee Tamahori and 3 featurettes True Crime Family, Double Down with Dominic Cooper & The Real Devil's Double. The star of which is the last one, where we actually get to meet the man the story is based on.

In conclusion, a fantastic film set in the middle-east about truly unique subject material. Feels a little short on story at one or two points, but most definitely worthy of your time!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Movie but violent 18 Dec 2011
By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE (2011) is an outstanding movie but don't expect, because of the title, a conventional horror story. It is a horror story all right, but it is the story of Saddam Hussein's son, Uday, who in his madness takes what he wants from life and kills at will. The movie earns an 18 Rating because of the graphic violence, sex and drugs scenes, and strong language throughout. But none of that, in my opinion, is gratuitous simply to draw the box office crowds because there is a moral in the story. It paints a hideous portrait of what can happen when the wrong people are in power and how ordinary, innocent people (man, woman, and child) suffer under their rule. There but for the grace of God...

Uday Hussain is living the life of a superstar but he needs bodyguards to protect him. Hardly surprising as he trawls the streets, pulling young girls off the pavements and doing what he wants with them back home, after which he has their bodies dumped on waste land. He wants a double. After all, his daddy, Saddam Hussein, has a double. Unfortunately for Latif Yahia he looks just like Uday after a bit of plastic surgery. And there is no escape. He cooperates or his family will die.

If Dominic Cooper doesn't get an Oscar for playing the double role of Uday and Latif, I shall be very much surprised. He played a small role in one of my favourite movies, Breakfast on Pluto.

Directed by Lee Tamahori who also worked on Die Another Day, The Edge, Along Came a Spider, and more.

How true the story is, I don't know.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Double Trouble!! 23 Mar 2012
By Darcy
Format:DVD
Dominic Cooper does for this film what Val Kilmer did for The Doors, what Forest Whitaker did for the Last King of Scotland and what Jamie Foxx did for Ray. An outstanding performance from Cooper, as he is the last person you would imagine to play the part of Uday Hussain, the crazy, psychotic son of his equally fanatical father Sadam, yet he manages to pull it off brilliantly.

The film centres on Latif Bahia, who is unlucky enough to look like Uday and is therefore hired to become his double. He witnesses barbaric crimes committed by Uday and endures humiliation upon humiliation, but in order to protect his loved ones... he remains loyal to his employer.

Yet as the French say, behind the break-up of a friendship between two men is usually a woman and that is exactly what it takes for Latif to sum up the courage to take his destiny into his own hands.

A gripping true story, which no doubt will catapult Cooper into the big league, yet whether he manages to find more juicy roles like this is another story!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5* Film 9 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Firstly I have to say Dominic Cooper is an amazing actor.

This film tells the mostly true and cruel story of Latif Yahia as Uday Hussein's double (Saddam Hussein's son).
Its a great movie to watch.
I would recommend this film to anyone..as long as they don't mind really graphic violence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hidden gem, 23 Nov 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great film! Exciting from start to finish.
Would recommend to anyone who likes action / gangster films.
Dominic cooper is brilliant!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caligula On The Euphrates 25 May 2013
By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
This is a remarkable tale of an Iraqi officer (Latif) selected to be a double for Saddam Hussein's son Uday. Uday is an unstable servant of excess, as the sons of monarchs have often been. The strange relationship between Uday and Latif, at times that of a brother, at others that of owner to a pet together with the sudden move swings all contribute to a rising tension that ultimately goes badly wrong; thereafter the story becomes rather strange (which probably means it was all true). The opening sequences as Latif is trained have a nice Jason Bourne element to them before we reach the court of the mad king. There is sufficient of the documentary to remind me of the excellent Carlos The Jackal, which I also enjoyed greatly. This is not a cheery film, but it is an exciting one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Cooper is awesome...
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... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Devil`s Double ( DVD )
Cannot comment on this DVD as it was ordered with 2 other films that were delivered together and arrived by the estimated date and were well packaged and like new condition. Read more
Published 1 month ago by punk
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment on the dvd The Devil's Double
Really excellent film and good quality product. Was inspired to get the book and read further on the Husseins of Iraq.
Published 1 month ago by Richard G Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Hot!
Not to be missed I was riveted all the way through! superb acting from all sides, didn't want it to end.
Published 1 month ago by AndyP
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising story, superbly acted
The majority of ratings for this film are positive and I think Dominic Cooper's performance here is stunning. Read more
Published 1 month ago by pauland
5.0 out of 5 stars :-)
THis is a brilliant film, a must see by all, make sure you have a strong stomach though as some gory parts in the film
Published 1 month ago by ronald stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Gem
This is a beautifully shot picture with a bravura performance by Dominic Cooper.

It shines as golden as the Iraqi sun and evokes the dark underbelly to that beautiful if... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kokino
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Joy to Watch
This is one of the best films I have watched and it is very entertaining. Dominic Cooper's acting is excellent. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Player
5.0 out of 5 stars devils double
ow this is really good, based on the true story, I saw the documentary n so bought this .... very interesting..not dissimilar to LAST KING OF SCOTLAND
Published 6 months ago by Gee Marie Kane
4.0 out of 5 stars UDAY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD,
This is a movie about Uday Hussein (Dominic Cooper) and his double Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper). Latif is reluctant to act as Uday's double until he is made an offer he can't... Read more
Published 8 months ago by The Movie Guy
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