The Devil's Double 2011

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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.

Starring:
Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier
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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Starring Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim, Khalid Laith, Pano Masti, Nasser Memarzia
Director Lee Tamahori
Genres Drama, Historical, Thriller
Studio ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 December 2011
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Starring Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim, Khalid Laith, Pano Masti, Nasser Memarzia
Director Lee Tamahori
Genres Drama, Historical, Thriller
Studio ICON HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 26 December 2011
Main languages English

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov 2011
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 By Valerie J. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2011
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 By Darcy on 23 Mar 2012
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 By Stephen Hannigan on 9 Feb 2014
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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 By Becky210 on 23 Nov 2013
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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 By Charles Vasey TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 May 2013
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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