Live from Baghdad 2002

Live From Baghdad

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CNN producer Robert Wiener (Michael Keaton), his colleague (Helena Bonham Carter) and their crew venture to the Iraqi capital to cover the Gulf War.

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Critic Reviews for Live from Baghdad

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (1)

  • ... not only are we permitted to watch on a cable channel that doesn't even have a news division, but we are encouraged to be nostalgic about the first assault on Saddam Hussein just in time for the second.

    January 31, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The teleplay from Wiener, Richard Chapman, John Patrick Shanley and Timothy J. Sexton is mostly taut and exciting, except when it pauses for a minimally romantic time out between Wiener and Formanek.

    February 13, 2003
  • As a movie, Live From Baghdad constitutes another first-class production from HBO.

    January 6, 2003
  • One of the best movies I've seen about electronic journalism.

    December 2, 2002
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    September 29, 2005 | Rating: 3/5
  • Nothing fascinates the media as much as itself.

    July 3, 2003 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Live from Baghdad

  • Nov 13, 2013
    This was an interesting look behind the scenes of CNN's efforts to bring the 1991 bombing of Baghdad into the homes of TV viewers. It brings to light the heroic sacrifices made by journalists, camera crews and producers to keep us informed while working in hostile dangerous areas. A good effort from Keaton, & Carter, help make this a really decent film..
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2010
    It was good but it lacked something that made it forgettable.
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • May 25, 2008
    [font=Century Gothic] "Live from Baghdad" takes place after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait in 1990, when executive producer Robert Wiener(Michael Keaton) volunteers to be sent by CNN into Baghdad, having nothing else to cover in Berlin since the wall came down. His superiors approve, even though Wiener has a bit of a reputation for taking chances. So he suggests Ingrid Formanek(Helena Bonham Carter) to partner with him and to keep him in line, disavowing any rumors that their relationship goes deeper than work. But first they have to buy all the booze and cigars they can find in Rome...[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]"Live from Baghdad" is an enjoyable and intelligent dramatization of CNN's coverage of the First Gulf War, said coverage making the fledgling network's reputation.(At the time they were the only 24 hour news channel around.) But before that happened, their crew in Baghdad has to find real news stories(the prize being an interview with Saddam Hussein) while not offending their hosts so much that they are kicked out of the country on the first day while in the long run staying alive. This is especially tricky when both sides are trying to exploit them for propaganda purposes. To do all of that, Wiener cultivates a relationship with the ministry of information(See, this is where the cigars come in handy.) to keep the lines of communication open to possibly avoid a war.(Well, that didn't work out too well, did it?)[/font] [font=Century Gothic][/font] [font=Century Gothic]You don't have to be crazy to be a journalist covering a war but it helps. And while Michael Keaton and Helena Bonham Carter definitely play to the psycho part of their respective ranges, the viewer can also detect the concern on Keaton's face at each decision his character has to make, none of them easy. [/font]
    Walter M Super Reviewer

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