The Devil's Double

Release date: 10 August 2011
Running time:
108 mins
Certificate:
18
Director:
Lee Tamahori
Starring:
Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Philip Quast, Nasser Memarzia

It's 1987 and Baghdad is the playground for the rich and corrupt, while the rest of the population live in a climate of fear. When army lieutenant Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper) is summoned to Saddam Hussein's palace, he is given a simple choice.

He can either become the 'fiday' - or double - of Saddam's debauched son, Uday (also played by Dominic Cooper), or his entire family will be condemned to death. As he assumes the role of one of Iraq's most powerful and hated men, Latif learns to walk, talk and look like Uday.

He also gets to experience at first hand the brutality and extravagance of Uday's world, with its endless supply of money, fast cars and easy women. But in his struggle to escape, he finds an unlikely ally in the form of Uday's concubine, Sarrab (Ludivine Sagnier).


Screenplay: Michael Thomas   Distributor: Icon

You should see it because:
It's a compelling thriller set against the backdrop of Saddam-era Iraq, with an impressive double performance by Dominic Cooper.

See it if you liked:
Scarface (1983), Downfall (2004), The Last King of Scotland (2006)

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