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The Middle Eastern oil industry is the backdrop of this tense drama, which weaves together numerous story lines. Bennett Holiday is an American lawyer in charge of facilitating a dubious merger of oil companies, while Bryan Woodman, a Switzerland-based energy analyst, experiences both personal tragedy and opportunity during a visit with Arabian royalty. Meanwhile, veteran CIA agent Bob Barnes uncovers an assassination plot with unsettling origins.

  1. Stephen Gaghan

    Director, Screenplay

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  1. George Clooney

    George Clooney

    Bob Barnes

  2. Matt Damon

    Matt Damon

    Bryan Woodman

  3. Jeffrey Wright

    Jeffrey Wright

    Bennett Holiday

  4. Chris Cooper

    Chris Cooper

    Jimmy Pope

  5. Amanda Peet

    Amanda Peet

    Julie Woodman

  6. William Hurt

    William Hurt


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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 8m

Budget $50,000,000.00

Revenue $94,000,000.00


Release Information

  • November 23, 2005
    R, Theatrical



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