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The Devil's Double [Blu-ray] (2011)

Dominic Cooper , Ludivine Sagnier , Lee Tamahori  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Raad Rawi, Philip Quast, Mimoun Oaïssa
  • Directors: Lee Tamahori
  • Writers: Latif Yahia, Michael Thomas
  • Producers: Alexandra Lodewijkx, Arjen Terpstra, Atilla Meijs, Catherine Vandeleene, Emjay Rechsteiner
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: November 22, 2011
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OJCI5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Devil's Double [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Based on a gripping, unbelievable true story of money, power and opulent decadence, Lionsgate’s 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 realizes that escape from the devil’s den will only come at the highest possible cost.

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss Dominic Cooper's Brilliant Performance! November 20, 2011
Format:Amazon Instant Video
THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE is a surprise film - a film that is not only informative in that it is based on a true story, but it is also an examination of the corruption of Saddam Hussein's (Philip Quast) control of Iraq, AND it also happens to display one of the finest acting performances by a male actor this year. Dominic Cooper is doubly exceptional playing both the man from whom the story was obtained - Latif Yahia - as well as the 'Black Devil' Uday Saddam Hussein, Saddam Hussein's despicably rotten, psychopathic, drug addicted, Lothario and brutal murderer oldest son.

There is a term 'fiday' which means body double. According to encyclopedic sources `Uday Saddam Hussein is known to have used a body double named Latif Yahia. Being from a well-off family, Yahia was sent to the best school in Iraq, and it was at one of those that he first crossed paths with Uday. Even then, his resemblance to Uday was something that was apparent as Yahia's classmates would point out. Years later, during the Iran-Iraq war, Yahia was a captain on the front when he was pulled out by Iraqi intelligence and forced to become Uday's fiday or body double via threats to his family. Yahia was then made to undergo training and cosmetic surgery (including dental) in order for him to resemble Uday more. After allegedly surviving 11 assassination attempts targeted at Uday, Yahia successfully fled Iraq in December 1991. Uday had his father picked up and poisoned in retribution. Yahia wrote a book detailing his life and the life he lived as Uday's body double in his book The Devil's Double.'

Baghdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought - but for a price.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Films Of 2011 August 7, 2011
There are many ways to describe Uday Hussein, Saddam Hussein's oldest son. None of them are positive.

The Devil's Double is a "take no prisoners" film that's as hard to watch as it is entertaining. It follows Latif Yahia (Dominic Cooper), an Iraqi soldier from an upper class family, who is plucked from the war to act as Uday's double. Uday (also played by Cooper), remembers the comparisons the two would get when they jointly attended grade school. He asks Yahia to be his double - for both political and personal reasons. Like his father, Uday is in a constant state of worry over an assassination attempt. Further, he wants to send Yahia on personal trips that he himself doesn't wish to attend. Yahia, kind and warm, refuses, but is forced to with the threat of harm to his family. Yahia is given cosmetic surgery and dentures to complete the look.

Yahia is thrust into Uday's world. This is a world filled with rape, torture, murder, drugs, sex and money. The lifestyle that the Hussein's live is more than Presidential - it is royal. Immediately, Uday claims Yahia as his own property. Uday has grown into a monster, getting whatever he wants and never having to deal with the consequences. Yahia is who he wants. The atrocities he witnesses because of Uday disgust him, but he is stuck in this nightmare. We watch as Uday preys upon young girls walking home from school. We watch as he guts his father's best friend at a party. We watch Yahia struggle with the lifestyle he is forced to live. Uday's fascination with Yahia grows stronger and it enters your mind that Uday may actually be in love with his double. This doesn't necessarily mean in a romantic way, but because his love of himself is so great, that he sees Yahia as apart of himself.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best film in years November 17, 2011
Format:DVD
We were fortunate to see THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE in Chicago in August. It is an amazing, well acted/made/written film. Every actor is excellent. Dominic Cooper is a wonder. He should receive the best actor Oscar for 2011.

The film is highly realistic and very violent, not for kids or for the faint of heart. This is truly a crafted film, a piece of art encompassing an incredible amount of creativity.

Not only is this the best film of 2011, it is the best film in years. (a quick caveat--Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts I and II are also excellent films.)
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dominic Cooper's Star Turn November 19, 2011
Format:DVD
THE DEVIL'S DOUBLE is a surprise film - a film that is not only informative in that it is based on a true story, but it is also an examination of the corruption of Saddam Hussein's (Philip Quast) control of Iraq, AND it also happens to display one of the finest acting performances by a male actor this year. Dominic Cooper is doubly exceptional playing both the man from whom the story was obtained - Latif Yahia - as well as the 'Black Devil' Uday Saddam Hussein, Saddam Hussein's despicably rotten, psychopathic, drug addicted, Lothario and brutal murderer oldest son.

There is a term 'fiday' which means body double. According to encyclopedic sources `Uday Saddam Hussein is known to have used a body double named Latif Yahia. Being from a well-off family, Yahia was sent to the best school in Iraq, and it was at one of those that he first crossed paths with Uday. Even then, his resemblance to Uday was something that was apparent as Yahia's classmates would point out. Years later, during the Iran-Iraq war, Yahia was a captain on the front when he was pulled out by Iraqi intelligence and forced to become Uday's fiday or body double via threats to his family. Yahia was then made to undergo training and cosmetic surgery (including dental) in order for him to resemble Uday more. After allegedly surviving 11 assassination attempts targeted at Uday, Yahia successfully fled Iraq in December 1991. Uday had his father picked up and poisoned in retribution. Yahia wrote a book detailing his life and the life he lived as Uday's body double in his book The Devil's Double.'

Baghdad, the playground for the rich and infamous, where anything can be bought - but for a price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uday the Son of Saddam Hussein
While this movie only covers a small portion of the evilness within Saddam Hussein's son Uday, it portrays the lengths he went in a movie version. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Kerrie J Cassem
5.0 out of 5 stars everyone should read the book and see this movie
This movie exposes the truth behind the sadistic and brutal rule of Saddam and his sons even though it focuses on only one son. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Q1A
4.0 out of 5 stars Gruesome but informative; the true story of the double ...
Gruesome but informative; the true story of the double randomly selected by the younger and more violent of Sadam Hussein's sons in Iraq, this program presents the terror and fear... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Lorraine M. Jessee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
What a devil of a man. This movie says it all and the actors do very well to keep the audience engaged.
Published 1 month ago by Diana Mcmanus
5.0 out of 5 stars In my top 5 favorite movies
The story is extremely intriguing. I purchased it digitally because my dvd copy was stolen. Excellent movie if you can stand some pretty graphic scenes. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bridgette
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film but be wary of the "true story" tag.
It's a very good film, bizarre, shocking and even quite terrifying in places, but a word of caution needs to be said about the "true story" tag. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ian George Fraser
4.0 out of 5 stars Good film, great performance
As told from the perspective of Latif Yahia, who was forced to serve as Uday Hussein’s body double, it’s impossible to tell how much of this horrific story is true and how much is... Read more
Published 3 months ago by James R. Gilligan
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow a real eye opener on the life of this Sick Bastard
Great movie and presentation of a cruel, reckless period in Iraq history. History will show that he got what he deserved; Death!
Published 3 months ago by Zane
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, great acting. A real devil.
Everyone should watch this movie to get just a small taste of what life is like under dictatorship. You will need a strong stomach for some of the scenes.
Published 4 months ago by Bruce Emory
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Dominic Cooper is fantastic, especially as Uday Hussein. Plot moves quickly. Fascinating [mostly true] story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by snaps29
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