Baghdad Texas (2010)

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While a Middle Eastern dictator is fleeing his besieged country his plane crashes on the Mexican Border. He is inadvertently carried into Texas by illegal immigrants. Struck by a truck occupied by three cowboys he is taken to their exotic game ranch where their housekeeper nurses him back to health as they slowly discover his true identity. Or is it? The first action-packed ten minutes have virtually no dialogue, but skillful shooting, editing and musical score give the viewer all the set-up needed. A Middle Eastern dictator, fleeing his occupied country, finds himself near the Mexican border when his plane crashes. The only survivor of the crash, he stumbles into the highway and is hit by a truck driven by three red-neck cowboys (with stereotypical prejudices) who take the unconscious man to the exotic game ranch that is also home. The wounded man is cared for by the broken down ranch's Mexican housekeeper and cook (the film's most compassionate and sensible character). Despite the language barriers (Spanish, English and Arabic -- which make every communication funnier and often more touching), in the ensuing days, every character discovers something about themselves, along with a growing suspicion that this mysterious man might be a very famous, hunted criminal with a large bounty on his head. The flat-out broad comedy is surprisingly sweetened with a larger message about disenfranchised souls and why the meek should indeed inherit the earth. -- (C) Official Site
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy
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Critic Reviews for Baghdad Texas

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Quickly disappoints with an inconsistent tone and painful overacting.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
New York Times
Top Critic

David H. Hickey's Lone Star comedy never really develops, stalling this culture-clash clambake at the merely likable stage.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
Variety
Top Critic

Hickey's overarching arguments about war, diplomacy, and American intelligence aren't just muddled, but altogether nonexistent, leaving his comedically challenged film Iraqi-desert-level barren.

Full Review… | August 24, 2010
Village Voice
Top Critic

Although Hickey's film soon becomes less interested in obscuring its narrative than in unfolding its plot, its intentions remain, refreshingly, never quite clear.

Full Review… | August 29, 2010
Slant Magazine

Often funny, refreshingly original, imaginative and unpredictable, although it could use more satirical bite.

Full Review… | August 27, 2010
NYC Movie Guru

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