The Devil's Double


The Devil's Double

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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


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
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
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
Amrita Acharia
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.

    Nov 17, 2011 | Full Review…
    Los Angeles Times
    Top Critic
  • I'm not sure what it all adds up to, but The Devil's Double puts its hooks in you and keeps them there.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Sep 1, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A better film would undoubtedly have been a quieter, more reflective one, less tempted by Grand Guignol. But it is very watchable...

    Aug 12, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • This isn't exactly a complex study of Iraqi history, but director Lee Tamahori punches it across, and the Stalinesque use of doubles in Iraq is interesting.

    Aug 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Aug 11, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Devil's Double

  • Aug 15, 2017
    The Devil's Double is, to put it simply, uninteresting. No two ways about it, there is nothing exciting on show...absolutely nothing. It's not thrilling, it's not funny and it's not dramatic. So what's the point? Based on the true story of Latif who is chosen to be the body double of Saddam Hussein's son, Uday. Obviously, Latif does not have a choice and so he is forced to adjust to a lavish lifestyle of sex, money and power. Problem is, director Lee Tamahori really didn't fully showcase this to its maximum potential. Everything felt restrained and all too familiar. However, there were glimpses of the effects of tyranny. A rather depressing example was when Uday raped a bride in which shortly after she then committed suicide...on her wedding day. That's powerful and the shocking imagery will probably leave you terrified. That's the only time where this 'unlimited' power is fully demonstrated. Several night club scenes where we listen to 80's dance music (including Spin Me Right Round...always a classic), see naked people dance and wave some golden AK47's in the air. It's a lavish lifestyle, yes...but it's never used to enhance the story. It's just an environment to try and shock us. Dominic Cooper is the saviour, his dual performance as both Latif and Uday was electric and refreshing. A rather underrated performance of his. The supporting cast? Forgettable. Instantly. Fortunately the central performance was enough to keep me awake. Tamahori's direction was fine, nothing outstanding but he did the job well. Some of the gory scenes were a tad excessive but does highlight one point: "Don't make Uday angry, and always do what he says". Scenes where he attempts to pick up young girls for sex were unnecessary. Show it once, fine. Show it three times, not fine. We get it, Uday was an awful guy. If the scene wasn't powerful enough first time around, it's not going to be for the third time. The film is fine, it's functional and there are much worse films available. Dominic Cooper was excellent and just about saved an uninteresting film from being bad.
    Luke A Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2016
    Although a glimpse into the decadence of the Hussein regime this bears the serious flaw of being one note. And yes, that note is loud.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2014
    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 X Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2013
    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 Super Reviewer

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