The Devil's Double

July 29th 2011
  • Drama/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 108 min,
  • Lionsgate
  • Cast: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Mem Ferda, Dar Salim, Khalid Laith, Pano Masti, Nasser Memarzia, Philip Quast, Selva Rasalingam, Mark Mifsud, Mimoun Oa├»ssa, Stewart Scudamore, Jamie Harding, Akin Gazi, Marama Corlett, Rachel Fabri, Frida Cauchi, Amber Rose Revah, Tiziana Azzopardi, Amrita Acharia, Andre Agius, Ben Shafik, Elektra Anastasi, Stasys Baltakis, Frank Tanti, Latif Yahia
  • Director: Lee Tamahori
  • Writers: Michael Thomas, Latif Yahia
  • Producers: Paul Breuls, Michael John Fedun, Emjay Rechsteiner, Catherine Vandeleene
  • Associate Producers: Atilla Meijs, Joyce van Diepen
  • Executive Producers: Arjen Terpstra, Harris Tulchin
  • Art Direction: Charlo Dalli
  • Castings: Amy Hubbard, Edward Said
  • Costume Design: Anna B. Sheppard
  • D.O.P.: Sam McCurdy
  • Editor: Luis Carballar
  • Makeup: Jan Sewell
  • Music: Christian Henson
  • Production Design: Paul Kirby
  • Set Decoration: Caroline Smith


Bagdad, 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

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Malta
  • MPAA Warning: Strong brutal bloody violence and torture, sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language
  • Production Budget: $21 million
  • Production Companies: Corsan, Corrino Media Corporation, Staccato Films
  • Production Schedule: 5 February 2010 - 10 April 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "An Iraq-set "Scarface" rather than another tedious treatise on the moral dilemmas/depression of those who served in the war, 'Double' is far more an entertainment driven piece than potential awards bait despite its premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival. Shot early this past year in Malta and based on Latif Yahia's two books, this has been described as a gangster movie, not a biopic, about a psychopath with near unlimited power and the innocent guy caught up in his wake.

The backdrop is Baghdad before (and during) the first Gulf War, a time when the wealthy Ba'athist ruling class lived in opulence amidst the overwhelming poverty of the masses. Michael Thomas ("Ladyhawke," "Backbeat," "Scandal") penned the script while Lee Tamahori ("Die Another Day," "XXX: State of the Union") is helming the film which, though not heavily politicised, will depict some of the darkest and often least reported elements of the Hussein regime.

"We're telling a soft story compared to what I've heard about this guy" says Tamahori of Saddam's brutish son Uday. Both Uday and Latif are played by rising "Mamma Mia" and "An Education" star Dominic Cooper. It's not the only unusual casting choice here as amongst others there's French actress Ludivine Sagnier, and Australian veteran Philip Quast as Saddam himself. It's definitely a curious project, reviews out of Sundance however will play a big factor in determining whether this'll be worth catching."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 12 August 2011: Ireland, UK