The Devil's Double (2011)



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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. -- (C) Lionsgate
R (for strong brutal bloody violence and torture, sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and pervasive language)
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Dominic Cooper
as Latif Yahia/Uday Hussein
Raad Rawi
as Munem
Philip Quast
as Saddam Hussein/Faoaz
Dar Salim
as Azzam
Khalid Laith
as Yassem Al-Helou
Mem Ferda
as Kamel Hannah
Nasser Memarzia
as Latif's Father
Ben Shafik
as Kurd
Pano Masti
as Said
Frank Tanti
as Lickspittle
Marcelle Theuma
as Latif's Mother
Stewart Scudamore
as Father of School Girl
Manuel Cucciardi
as Manservant
Mark Mifsud
as Mohammed
Khaled Riani
as Republican Guard
Samson Leguesse
as Mercedes Driver
David Leguese
as Assassin
Emanuela Ciappara
as Munem's Wife
Aiden Aquilina
as Rayban Kid
Marwin Allagui
as Revolutionary Guard
Frida Cauchi
as Sajida
Elektra Anastasi
as School Girl 2
Marama Corlett
as Hennahead
Rachel Fabri
as Abdel Akle
Andre Agius
as Kid on Crutches
Pierre Stafrace
as Uday's Doctor
Stasys Baltakis
as East German Doctor
Michael Arddt
as East German Doctor
Oona Chaplin
as Beauty
Akin Gazi
as Saad
Amrita Acharia
as School Girl
Amrita Acaria
as School Girl
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Despite numerous pluses - Lee Tamahori's vigorous direction, handsome cinematography, outstanding production design, an impressive dual performance by Dominic Cooper as Uday and Latif - the film is more wearying than entertaining.

Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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I'm not sure what it all adds up to, but The Devil's Double puts its hooks in you and keeps them there.

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Equally as offensive as the movie's smorgasbord of smut and violence is the lingering whiff of colonial-era orientalism, a Western predilection for regarding Eastern cultures as innately idle, lascivious, irrational, and thus ripe for intervention.

Full Review… | September 1, 2011
Chicago Reader
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It is a ghastly, riveting, dazzling piece of work.

Full Review… | August 17, 2011
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The hero of "The Devil's Double" may get upstaged by the villain, but that's not exactly bad news for star Dominic Cooper, since he plays both parts.

Full Review… | August 11, 2011
Arizona Republic
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Even more tasteless than its main character's gold 'n' marble palace.

Full Review… | August 9, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for The Devil's Double

A lazy and badly directed movie that depicts Uday Hussein as a ridiculous caricature in what is a redundant story devoid of any subtlety. Besides, Dominic Cooper is such a mediocre actor, unable to lend any sort of complexity to the two identical main characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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An Iraqi army conscript is forced to become the body double of Saddam Hussein's psychotic son and finds himself losing his identity as he drowns in a sea of depravity and murder. There have already been a slew of projects based on the Iraq war and The Devil's Double is an interesting film in that it shows the other side of the conflict, to some extent at least. Dominic Cooper makes a decent fist of playing both the pampered, debauched and sadistic member of the Iraqi elite and his moral, working class impersonator who is appalled by the behaviour of those who rule. Sort of a bizarre cross between such diverse stories as The Prisoner Of Zenda, The Last King Of Scotland and Scarface, the excesses and violence of The Devil's Double are counterpointed by the even more bizarre fact that it is actually a true story. I think it would have been better for the greater context of the life of ordinary Iraqis of the time but it still makes for a shocking and brutal journey through the looking glass into Saddam's world.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer


This film confers on the supposedly true story of Iraqi soldier Latif Yahia (Cooper), who was taken from the front lines in 1987 to be the body double of Saddam Hussein's son Uday Hussein. Though this story cannot be confirmed because body doubles are confidential and reputed by the Iraqi government, it does have all the makings of being true, what with the ill will that Hussein's subjects had towards him. The film really revolves around the disgusting actions of Uday Hussein, which have been documented, including his abduction and rape of young girls, his berserk murders of government officials, and his eventual assassination attempt. From Latif's perspective he is encased in the bureaucracy of the country, and has to do the bidding of the contemptuous heir to save his family from direct violence. Based on Uday's evil tirades against his own people and his brutish behavior as observed from countless witnesses, the events depicted did not affect me negatively, and didn't seem over the top or senseless. What bothers you as the viewer is the personality that Dominic Cooper dons in order to portray Uday Hussein. Hussein is definitely shown as being oafish with aplomb, which is again fine, but there's also this stupidity and frat boy edge to the role which makes it cartoonish at many times. This may be because of the opulence of his lifestyle, but most of the time it comes from his doddering appearance, which makes him seem mentally challenged more than malevolent. As Latif, Cooper does an outstanding job of playing the dispassionate stooge to Uday's war hungry son. The world of Iraq during the Gulf War is easily crafted, and the majesty of Hussein's world is well represented, but it simply reads as a smoke screen to the violence going on onscreen. There are some questionable performances, but at least it was intriguing to see into that world.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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