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The Ghost Writer English Movie

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Directed by Roman Polanski
Produced by Roman Polanski
Robert Benmussa
Alain Sarde
Patrick Wachsberger
Written by Screenplay:
Roman Polanski
Robert Harris
Robert Harris
Starring Ewan McGregor
Pierce Brosnan
Olivia Williams
Kim Cattrall
with Tom Wilkinson
Timothy Hutton
Jim Belushi
Eli Wallach
Music by Alexandre Desplat
Cinematography Paweł Edelman
Editing by Hervé de Luze
Distributed by Summit Entertainment (North America)[1]
Optimum Releasing (United Kingdom)
Pathé (France)
Release date(s) February 11, 2010 (2010-02-11) (BIFF)
February 18, 2010 (2010-02-18) (Germany)
February 18, 2010 (2010-02-18) (Poland)
February 19, 2010 (2010-02-19) (United States)
March 3, 2010 (2010-03-03) (France)
April 16, 2010 (2010-04-16) (UK)
Running time 128 minutes
Country France
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $45,000,000[2]
Gross revenue $51,233,371[2]

Movie Review

When a successful British ghostwriter  agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it is the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start—not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang's long-term aide, died in an accident. The ghostwriter flies out to work on the project, in the middle of winter, to an oceanfront house on an island off the U.S. Eastern seaboard. But the day he arrives, a former British cabinet minister accuses Lang of authorizing the illegal seizure of suspected terrorists and handing them over for torture by the CIA—a war crime. Lang faces prosecution by the International Criminal Court, unless he stays in the U.S. or goes to another country that does not recognize that court.

The controversy brings reporters and protesters swarming to the island mansion where Lang is staying with his wife, Ruth, and his personal assistant (and mistress), Amelia. As the ghostwriter works, he uncovers clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA—and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind.

Lang is assassinated, but the ghostwriter eventually completes the book anyway. During the presentation of the book, the ghostwriter stumbles upon the final clues to the mystery. The ghostwriter leaves the book launch with the original copy of the memoirs, as he hails a taxi down, a speeding car hits him (leading the viewers to think it was the CIA). As the film ends you see the original book fluttering across the road.
[edit] Allusion to Tony Blair

As in the novel, the character of Adam Lang is a transparent allusion to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The BBC notes that the character "was inspired by Tony Blair", and that "the ghost of Tony Blair ... haunts the fictional Mr Lang, with references to Iraq, the 'war on terror', and a much too cosy relationship with the United States". It also notes, however, that the crime of which Lang is accused—handing British citizens over to the CIA to be tortured (in one case to death)—would probably not be deemed a war crime or a crime against humanity by the International Criminal Court, as the acts were not "committed as part of a policy that is executed on a wide scale".[4]

The actors who play Foreign Secretary Richard Rycart and the US Secretary of State physically resemble their real-life counterparts Robin Cook and Condoleezza Rice. Like the character Rycart, Cook had strong differences with the direction of the British Prime Minister in foreign policy matters.

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