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Junior senator Maggie Davidson (Lauren Holly), a hard-liner against terrorism has become a figurehead for anti-terrorist action. Unbeknownst to Maggie, she has been singled out to be another figurehead-- a terrorist sleeper cell in the suburban D.C. metro area mobilizes a plan to blow up a dirty bomb on the National Mall with Maggie being killed in the blast. Fatwa explores the concepts of power, control, fear, ethics, and duty in a post-9/11 world. Gone are the days when we can remain ignorant of such issues.

Special Features

  • Commentary by director/producer John Carter and writer/producer Scott Schafer
  • Martin Luther King's 1957 speech "Loving Your Enemies"
  • Osama Ben Laden's Fatwa

Product Details

  • Actors: Lacey Chabert, John Doman, Lauren Holly, Angus Macfadyen, Rachel Miner
  • Directors: John Carter
  • Writers: Scott Schafer
  • Producers: John Carter, Brian Bremer, Carol Flaisher, Glenn Rigberg, James Knight
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Fatwa Productions
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EJ9VT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,261 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fatwa" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

The gore is too much and too long.
Henry Erlenwein
It is amazing to encounter anyone still babbling this let alone presenting it seriously in a film but here it is.
The Mysterious Traveler
I tried to write a synopsis of this film after watching it, but to be honest I had no idea what to say.
S. A. Richards

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Junglies VINE VOICE on January 31, 2007
Format: DVD
This film had a very promising start and a rather intricate plot but for me fell apart due to some major boo-boos.

In our current high level of security, terrorists under every bed, and very high levels of surveillance, the movie postualtes a US politician who seems to have fallen for the Osama Bin Laden line, hook, line and sinker. By this I mean that her response is to galvanise the US for retaliatory action and a proctive response rather like a mirror image of those who have inflicted Islamic terror yet at the same time proclaiming a high cause.

A seemingly disparate set of events lead to a conclusion which is recognised by the politician as a possibility yet she seems unaware of her own role in galvanasing her apostates into action. The threads gradually come together in a dawning of awareness and panic with some gritty action sequences before a resolution is reached.

My problems with the movie begin with the intertwinning of threads which all involve different members of the same family, the target, her cuckolded husband and her hedonistic daughter. At least in Crash there was an intent at the outset to involve the six degrees of separation theory, there was no such deliberation here which makes for a strong sense of incredulity. Secondly, the plot involves a crucial female terrorist who uses her sexuality to achieve a degree of organisation of events for the target to be achievable. While some degree of license is always reuired in these type of thrillers, it again stretches the imagination given the cause to which Islamic terrorists defer. Crucially too, the chances of the characters crossing each others paths in the way that they do is also more than a little unbelievable.

All in all a good attempt but fatally (no pun intended) flawed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Mysterious Traveler on September 2, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
FATWA(2006) Directed by John Carter.

Starring Lauren Holly and Angus McFadden

A female conservative Junior Senator from New York(???) who takes the threat of the Muslim Barbarians seriously, is the nexus of a constricting series of multiple plots involving drug deals, hired killers, adultery, suicide and an Al Qaeda plan to detonate a dirty bomb in Washington DC.

Really PULP FATWA, the film is a Tarrentino retread up to and including a witty pair of salt and pepper killers and the multiple plots motif that all come together somehow in the end. In spite of its title---and the blurbs on the DVD box..the film has absolutely nothing to do with fatwas or any examination of the Muslim barbarians and their threat and motivations. Instead the film is more concerned ala Tarrentino with mindless and constant obscene language, drug use, graphic sex and violence.

What little it does have to do with Muslim barbarism is about what one would expect from Tehran West. The main Muslim operative --a Libyan whose daughter was killed by the Americans(so it is all presumably Ronald Reagan's fault--though the time frame involved would seem a tad desperate) is shown to be "justified' and probably sympathetic to those on the Left. The film takes great glee is showing the "conservative" senator from New York(????) being an adulteress, in a failed marriage and with a drug addicted lesbian for a daughter. We are even treated to the now de rigeur Dirty Jew character as the daughter's druggie lesbian friend is identified as being an Israeli.......for no real purpose other than to give those inclined in the audience a chance to cheer when the Jewess gets her final solution.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darren Harrison VINE VOICE on June 19, 2006
Format: DVD
When Arlington, Va. based screenwriter Scott Schafer approached his friend and fellow filmmaker John Carter about making a movie that looked like a big screen Hollywood blockbuster complete with big-name stars and action the director jumped at the chance. And a little over a year later the result was the tense, cleverly crafted political action thriller "Fatwa" which premiered at the Atlanta Film Festival and June 13 received its DVD release from Fox Home Entertainment.
What is perhaps most remarkable given its production values and bevy of familiar faces is that the two made the movie for less than a million dollars with a budget clocking in at $750,000.
Starring Lauren Holly as junior Republican senator Maggie Davidson and set in the District the movie follows what initially appear to be seemingly unrelated subplots. For much of its 91-minute running time we know something is going on but we're not entirely sure what that something is. We know it has something to do with a junior senator with questionable morals, a taxi-cab driver with Islamic militant leanings and a loan shark turned hitman with a conscience. Indeed as an independent company Schafer and Carter are freed from following the typical Hollywood cookie-cutter plot formula and the result is a rather off-beat and ultimately disconcerting concoction.
The movie begins with the definition of "Fatwa," telling us that it is "a ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority."
The film then plays stock footage of President George W. Bush addressing congress in 2001 immediately following the Sept. 11 attacks, an image vividly contrasted with images from 1998 when Osama Bin Laden issued a "Fatwa" to kill Americans and their allies.
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