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Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden? (2008)

Morgan Spurlock , Alexandra Jamieson , Morgan Spurlock  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Morgan Spurlock, Alexandra Jamieson
  • Directors: Morgan Spurlock
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company
  • DVD Release Date: August 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018PH3NI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,802 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Where in the World Is Osama Bin Laden?" on IMDb

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Morgan Spurlock, who hilariously Super Size-ed himself to take down the American fast-food diet, sets his sights on the country s biggest enemy in similarly comic fashion. Armed only with a hasty round of survival training, a camera, and his trademark moustache, Spurlock searches the Middle East s mosques, malls, schools, and caves for public enemy #1. From Saudi Arabia to Pakistan to Israel, he interviews ordinary people and experts on all sides of the Middle East conflict, with results that are both funny and thought-provoking.

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Sad, Satirical, Captivating-- A Must See! July 29, 2008
Morgan takes you places (the Middle East, N. Africa, Afghanistan) that most U.S. citizens would be afraid visit. He talks to common workers, college students, intellectuals, diplomats, U.S. soldiers, and the extremely wealthy. He gets invited to several of their homes. Just seeing how people live, what they think of us, what they want for their future, that would make a good film because these people will surprise you. It's also telling who rebuffs him, and it makes you shake your head both at his naive persistence and their attitudes. Morgan is very funny. He gets caught in some difficult, dangerous and absurd situations, and shows us something we didn't know about ourselves and others.

I don't usually like to watch a film twice, but I would see this one again in a heartbeat.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wild yet mostly thoughtful ride September 4, 2008
By Viva
Morgan Spurlock takes a wild ride through several Middle Eastern countries in a somewhat comedic attempt to find OBL, encountering people with varying points of view on terrorism, OBL's whereabouts, American foreign policy, and other issues of interest. Despite the funny video game elements and the crazy questions, there is a (mostly) thoughtful and serious undertone to all of this.

The facts are these: OBL has not been found, Al Qaeda is still strong and probably growing, the war on terror is not working, and current policies are not effective. Sowing more discord throughout an already troubled region is not going to help any of us now or in the long run.

This is not as strong as some of Spurlock's previous work, but it is worth a look for its relevant subject matter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars HMMMMMMM. May 20, 2009
I thought this documentary was pretty good as I like this kinda stuff anyway. The thing that I found most interesting was the fact that almost all the Muslim people and Palestinians and Egyptians were very friendly towards Spurlock (some even inviting him to eat with them) while when trying to talk to the Jews, they were very beligerent and even acting on the brink of violence towards him. I am not an anti-Semite, it just makes me rethink my opinions on who are the actual instigators in the long running conflict between Isreal and Palestine. So even though a lot of Middle Easterners stated that they hate America, their hatred is towards the American government (Good riddance, Bush!!) and not towards the American people. At least Obama is trying to act more civilized torward them. The moral of the story seems to be "Don't judge a whole race or religion by the actions of a handful of kooks!"
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4.0 out of 5 stars From McDonalds to Islam... September 15, 2008
By Arvin
Oh Morgan Spurlock, what a great film maker. This movie was pretty good, in that it could have only used a bit more of the title in the film itself. While it did turn into more of a 'understanding of radical islam,' it still was very interesting. I think my favorite part is where he talks to a mosque preacher in Saudi who was railing against christianity and the USA; some very interesting thoughts there...Well, I definitley recommend this film to anyone who wants an educational and entertaining view of the middle east.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better than Zero Dark Thirty October 6, 2013
This is Morgan Spurlock's best film. If it sounded like an outrageous quest to begin with - Spurlock carries out his mission with conviction and does a serious and provocative job of exploring the Islamic world, while enlightening the audience about the humanity he finds.

Rather than watch a movie that glorifies the killing of Osama, give this film a shot. The issues that Spurlock highlights in the film are very real, and more relevant than ever, post-Osama.

Hunting Osama Bin Laden is a sideshow to discussing his influence, and the chilling effects of America's foreign policy against terrorism. They key issues that Spurlock raises still plaque the world today.

The result is a poignant documentary that unfortunately wasn't matched with Spurlock's subsequent venture "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold." Still hats off to Spurlock for tackling another edgy subject that concerns both America and the entire planet. And for keeping his sense of humour. Great editing.

The great irony of the show's ending - which was filmed before Osama was found - was that Osama was indeed found in Pakistan just 150 km away from where Spurlock was looking to venture.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Comedy of terrors August 28, 2008
An admirably earnest, if flawed attempt by the likeable documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me") to reach out to the "everyday folks" living in the Middle East and show Americans that they're really just like us, after all; you know- "people are people", and all that. Oh, and while he was there, he thought he might get some leads on where Osama's bin hidin'.

Spurlock's concept for his new film was inspired by his wife's pregnancy (their first child). While brainstorming proactive steps he could take to ensure a "safe world" for his unborn, he thought he might start by doing his part to end the war on terror-by helping our hapless government locate You Know Who. Using the gimmicky framing device of an ersatz videogame to introduce film segments, we follow Spurlock's progress as he travels to Egypt, Israel, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and Morocco in search of the vox populi (and the slippery tall dude with the walkie-talkie).

With the exception of a few extra-cranky customers, like a genuinely scary radical Muslim cleric with a vitriolic demeanor and a Charlie Manson glare to match, most of Spurlock's subjects seem to be expressing a variation on "You know, I really don't have any truck with the American people, but I do hate your government with the intensity of a thousand suns." Proving of course, that they really ARE like us (well, those of us who are hip to the present administration's ongoing 7-year mission to completely obliterate what's left of America's goodwill around the globe). And, predictably, the response to queries on bin-Laden's whereabouts is usually a shrug and a laugh, or a vague point in the direction of the border they share with a neighboring country.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must see
This film does more to demystify the people of the middle east and Islamic terrorist than any other on the topic.
Published 2 months ago by Nic Wester
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Morgan Spurlock! He is very talented. I am a big documentary guy. I always try to get people to watch interesting documentaries but it seems nobody wants to learn anything. Read more
Published 6 months ago by C. Wayman
5.0 out of 5 stars Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden
This movie was much more than I expected. I was expecting to see a crazy guy traveling the world, looking everywhere for the "former" worlds #1 terrorist. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Clifford R. Anderson
3.0 out of 5 stars Michael Moore he is not
I liked Supersize Me so much that i got this.
It is interesting but this attempt fails to be a great documentary in the likes of Michael Moores. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Wayne
4.0 out of 5 stars Hide and Seek
I found this movie surprisingly profound and moving. I was expecting something more tongue-in-cheek and sarcastic even, something that was used to embarrass or expose, but that... Read more
Published on January 31, 2012 by bronx book nerd
4.0 out of 5 stars Abbottabad, Pakistan
The answer to "Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?" was "in a mansion in Abbottabad, Pakistan" but now the answer is "in a box, being crapped on my American soldiers".
Published on May 1, 2011 by tj walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Revealing - Shows Widespread Antagonism Towards the U.S.
"Where in the World is Osama Bin Ladin?" was made in 2008 and captures on film the Middle East's issues with hopelessness for young, jobless men, and the powerlessness of the... Read more
Published on April 27, 2011 by Loyd E. Eskildson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Look at the War on Terror Through the Eyes of Those Whose Countries...
Watching Morgan Spurlock examine a topic like terrorism with the same light-hearted and cheesy humor he used in "Super Size Me" was at times entertaining, and other times... Read more
Published on February 12, 2011 by Justin J. Norman
4.0 out of 5 stars serious documentary with humorous touches
Forget about Carmen Sandiego. What we really want to know is where in the world is Osama bin Laden? Read more
Published on December 9, 2010 by Roland E. Zwick
4.0 out of 5 stars History Backwards
Travelling around Islam countries and Israel, a brave filmmaker embedded an attitude of a Muslim world towards a Western civilization from a very notion of hatred towards both... Read more
Published on November 3, 2009 by Michael Kerjman
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