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The Ghost Writer (2010)



Critic Consensus: While it may lack the revelatory punch of Polanski's finest films, Ghost Writer benefits from stylish direction, a tense screenplay, and a strong central performance from Ewan McGregor.

Movie Info

When a successful British ghost writer, The Ghost, agrees to complete the memoirs of former British Prime Minister Adam Lang, his agent assures him it's the opportunity of a lifetime. But the project seems doomed from the start-not least because his predecessor on the project, Lang's long-term aide, died in an unfortunate accident. As The Ghost works, he begins to uncover clues suggesting his predecessor may have stumbled on a dark secret linking Lang to the CIA-and that somehow this information is hidden in the manuscript he left behind. Was Lang in the service of the American intelligence agency while he was prime minister? And, was The Ghost's predecessor murdered because of the appalling truth he uncovered?more
Rating: PG-13 (for language, brief nudity/sexuality, some violence and a drug reference)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By: , ,
Written By: Robert Harris, Roman Pola?ski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 3, 2010
Box Office: $11.0M
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Ewan McGregor
as The Ghost
Pierce Brosnan
as Adam Lang
Kim Cattrall
as Amelia Bly
Olivia Williams
as Ruth Lang
Tom Wilkinson
as Paul Emmett
Timothy Hutton
as Sidney Kroll
Eli Wallach
as Vineyard Old Man
Robert Pugh
as Robret Rycart
Jon Bernthal
as Rick Ricardelli
David Rintoul
as Stranger
James Belushi
as James Maddox
Anna Botting
as SKY TV Newsreader
Yvonne Tomlinson
as Stewardess
Milton Welch
as Taxi Driver
Alister Mazzotti
as Protection Officer N...
John Keogh
as Protection Officer N...
Hans-Peter Sussner
as Protection Officer N...
Stuart Austen
as Protection Officer N...
Andy Güting
as Protection Officer N...
Morgane Polanski
as Hotel Receptionist
Robert Wallhöfer
as Protection Officer N...
Robert Seeliger
as CNN Newscaster
Clayton Nemrow
as Journalist
Julia Kratz
as Woman with Bullhorn
Angelique Fernandez
as War Crimes Prosecuto...
Anne Whittman
as CNN Newscaster
Mo Asumang
as U.S. Secretary of St...
Sylke Ferber
as Island Ferry Attenda...
Desiree Erasmus
as Nancy Emmett
Errol Shaker
as Mainland Ferry Atten...
Errol Harewood
as C.I.A. Agent on Ferr...
Talin Lopez
as C.I.A. Agent on Ferr...
Joel Kirby
as Motel Receptionist
Regine Hentschel
as Diner Waitress
Daniel Sutton
as Hatherton Stewart
Eben Young
as FBI Agent
Jaymes Butler
as FBI Agent
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News & Interviews for The Ghost Writer

Critic Reviews for The Ghost Writer

All Critics (196) | Top Critics (40)

In the total context of Polanski's hard life and grim ordeals ... The Ghost Writer constitutes a miracle of artistic and psychological resilience.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Film Comment Magazine

It's a slow build that hints at something big from the beginning but unravels nicely throughout.

Full Review… | July 31, 2012
7M Pictures

The Ghost Writer is tense, unsettling and deeply thrilling because of the way a master filmmaker looks at the world.

Full Review… | May 1, 2011
Parallax View

Polanski's a master of carefully drawing you in that cold gray place where everything is wrong, no one sleeps well and secrets are hidden from the hapless main character until it's too late for anyone to make it out with their lives or souls intact.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

For all of it's mirroring of real life circumstances, The Ghost Writer's shrouded revelations are ever transitory.

Full Review… | March 9, 2011
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

The great thing about Brosnan's performance is that his character's shadow looms over the entire film, yet Brosnan never resorts to chewing the scenery or becoming a Blair charicature.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
The Standard

Audience Reviews for The Ghost Writer

An engaging and tense thriller with an intriguing mystery and a stylish direction that bring to mind Polanski's finest works, and some scenes here are spectacular, especially the final sequence, while Ewan McGregor puts in a very strong performance.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


A populist ghost writer is employed to rewrite the memoirs of a former Prime Minister but when the politician is accused of war crimes, he becomes increasingly fearful for his safety. The Ghost is a very old school cold war style political thriller that is based upon a character who is purely fictional and in no way represents anyone living or dead - especially not Tony Blair, nosiree Bob. Roman Polanski has always had a knack for paranoid conspiracy thrillers and this understated yet suspenseful example follows very much in the footsteps of Hitchcock, revolving as it does around an everyman protagonist who finds himself completely out of his depth when he blunders into intrigue. Although it is set mostly in America, The Ghost has quite a European flavour with a quality cast of character actors who utter dialogue that actually sounds like the words of English people (for a change) and there's no superficial flash or irrelevant action sequences. The one major flaw is the rather glib twist at the end which makes the film feel a little insubstantial in the final analysis but a likeable performance by Ewan McGregor and some nicely judged political intrigue makes the journey there well worthwhile.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Ewan plays a ghost writer who takes up a job to ghost write the memoirs of the ex British Prime Minister Adam Lang (Pierce). Ewan's predecessor and former aide of Lang died in an unfortunate accident. Lang is accused of ordering the torture of terrorists and is being investigated for war crimes. Ewan tries to discover the truth behind the rise of Lang to power and connections with the CIA. It's a very interesting plot but it takes a long time to get to the revelations. Good cast. He movie reminded me of Frost Nixon and Michael Clayton.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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