Live from Baghdad (2002)




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As America geared itself for another possible armed conflict in Iraq, the HBO cable service offered a dramatization of events surrounding the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Originally telecast on December 8, 2002, Live From Baghdad recounted the efforts by the CNN network to be first on the scene when hostilities broke out in the Gulf in late 1990. Inaugurating round-the-clock coverage of the warfare with the invasion of Kuwait, dauntless CNN producers Robert Wiener (Michael Keaton) and Ingrid Formanek (Helena Bonham Carter), aided and abetted by on-the-scene reporters Bernard Shaw (Robert Wisdom), Peter Arnett (Bruce McGill), and John Holliman (John Carroll Lynch), among many others, represented the only American news service on the scene during the first night of bombing on January 16, 1991. Not only does Live From Baghdad celebrate the heroism (and meticulous fairness) of the CNN crew, but it also vividly demonstrates how a tiny but tenacious basic cable channel managed to out-scoop the Big Three networks, thereby becoming one of the most powerful and influential journalistic forces in the world.
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Michael Keaton
as Robert Wiener
Helena Bonham Carter
as Ingrid Formanek
Lili Taylor
as Judy Parker
Robert Wisdom
as Bernard Shaw
Joshua Leonard
as Mark Biello
David Suchet
as Naji Al-Hadithi
Bruce McGill
as Peter Arnett
Jason Antoon
as Mr. Mazin
Clark Gregg
as Eason Jordan
Michael Murphy
as Tom Johnson
Tom Amandes
as Joe Erlichman
Pamela Sinha
as Fatima
Hamish Linklater
as Richard Roth
Murphy Dunne
as Bob Vinton
Matt Keeslar
as Nic Robertson
Michael Cudlitz
as Tom Murphy
John Carroll Lynch
as John Holliman
Mark Arnott
as Bob Furnad
Inny Clemons
as CNN Deskman
Chet Grissom
as Will King
Val Lauren
as CNN Technician
Kurt Hargan
as Control Room Manager
Paul Tranghese
as Stage Manager
David Kaye
as Ben Dupont
Jimmy Palumbo
as News Producer
Thomas Crawford
as Nigel Babcock
David Shatraw
as Joe Wilson
Lee Dawson
as Raymond Page
Carole Raphaelle Davis
as Mrs. Awattif
Shaun Toob
as Saddun Al-Jenabi
Brian George
as Al Rasheed Manager
Mahryah Shain
as AL Rasheed Writer
Jerry Haleva
as Sadaam Hussein
Michael James Kacey
as American Hostage
Craig Anton
as American Hostage
Jay Harik
as Sadaam's Translator
David Franco
as Sadaam's Security Gu
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Critic Reviews for Live from Baghdad

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

January 6, 2003
Washington Post
Top Critic

One of the best movies I've seen about electronic journalism.

December 2, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Nothing fascinates the media as much as itself.

Full Review… | July 3, 2003

Mick Jackson's Live From Baghdad works as an entertaining drama, but it provides disappointingly inadequate context in its depiction of the events surrounding the 1991 Gulf War.

January 4, 2003
All Movie Guide

Michael Keaton gives his most taut performance since an uncredited turn in Out of Sight and Helena Bonham-Carter has split the difference between her Merchant Ivory days and her desolate Marla in David Fincher's Fight Club.

Full Review… | December 8, 2002

Audience Reviews for Live from Baghdad

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

It was fun. Good story of how CNN lucked out and was able to report as Baghdad was being bombed. Not great, but entertaining. The chemistry between Keaton and Bonham Carter was great.

Bruno Lot
Bruno Lot

I couldn't even tell this was a made for tv movie; that's why I love HBO. Great cast, really enjoyed the film.

Jenna Greathouse
Jenna Greathouse

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