House of Saddam: Miniseries (2008)

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Critic Consensus: House of Saddam is anchored by a commanding peformance from Igal Naor's, but the miniseries offers shallow insight into the fallen tyrant and the history he helped shape.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2008
2
Air date: Dec 7, 2008
3
Air date: Dec 14, 2008
4
Air date: Dec 14, 2008

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Cast

Igal Naor
as Saddam Hussein
Shohreh Aghdashloo
as Sajida Khairallah Talfah
Philip Arditti
as Uday Hussein
Mounir Margoum
as Qusay Hussein
Makram Khoury
as Tariq Aziz
Agni Tsangaridou
as Raghad Hussein
Saïd Taghmaoui
as Barzan Ibrahim
Christine Stephen-Daly
as Samira Shahbandar
Daniel Lundh
as Saddam Kamel al-Majid
Amber Rose Revah
as Hala Hussein
Said Amadis
as Gen. Adnan Khairallah
Amr Waked
as Hussein Kamel
Shivani Ghai
as Rana Hussein
Uri Gavriel
as Ali Hassan Al Majid
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Critic Reviews for House of Saddam Miniseries

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (14)

Any good villain has to be sympathetic enough to be interesting... As played by Naor, Hussein is a credibly flawed person, not merely a monster.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

It repeatedly asks viewers to trudge through static, angst-filled sequences in which Hussein, his family, and his generals seethe with aggression, betrayal, and self-destruction.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Naor is not often called upon to explore the character's psychological depths explicitly, which is just as well, as the series goes wobbly whenever the script heads in that direction.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…
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A fascinating man in many ways - a butcher and warmonger who built roads and hospitals and advanced the rights of women... This lavish new four-part BBC drama investigates the rivalry and paranoia endemic throughout his long reign.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Though its often over-wrought content gives the series a made-for-television feel, the slick production values succeed in elevating it above the corny.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…

For its part, House of Saddam provides little insight into Saddam Hussein. Instead, it repeats truisms about well-reported events, many of them best remembered as TV images...

Jun 25, 2018 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Although somewhat structurally flawed, House of Saddam still manages to tell a complicated, historical story as an entertaining, political melodrama. It's "Dallas" in the desert with oil as the common commodity.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

As disrespectful to his victims as it may be to view The House of Saddam as entertainment, that is the only level where it succeeds.

Jun 25, 2018 | Full Review…

Requires us to care about personal issues involving la famille Hussein that are actually pretty boring, and it leaves you with no real sense of how inextricably the stuff we're watching on screen was linked with international politics.

Jun 26, 2018 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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It was soap... it was reality, it was cheeky and it was terrifying. Saddam's reign was one of such excess and terror, it was hard to see where reality ended and fiction began.

Jun 26, 2018 | Full Review…
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