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The Double (2011)

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A retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to unravel the mystery of a senator's murder, with all signs pointing to a Soviet assassin.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Gere ... Paul Shepherdson
Topher Grace ... Ben Geary
Martin Sheen ... Highland
Tamer Hassan ... Bozlovski
Stephen Moyer ... Brutus
Chris Marquette ... Oliver
Odette Annable ... Natalie (as Odette Yustman)
Stana Katic ... Amber
Yuri Sardarov ... Leo (as Yuriy Sardarov)
Ivan Fedorov Ivan Fedorov ... The Scrounger
Ed Kelly ... Senator Darden
Jeffrey Pierce ... Agent Weaver
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. ... Agent Burton (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Mike Kraft Mike Kraft ... Bell
Andy Manning ... EMT (as Andrew 'Sir' Manning)
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Storyline

Story kicks off with the mysterious murder of a senator bearing the marks of a Soviet assassin, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative, who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemesis, is teamed with a young FBI agent. Written by Variety

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Keep your enemies close


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | Russian | Spanish

Release Date:

8 December 2011 (United Arab Emirates) See more »

Also Known As:

Misión secreta See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,640, 30 October 2011

Gross USA:

$137,921

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,696,232
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Dolby Digital | Datasat

Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A recognizable name for her role as Kate Beckett on Castle (2009), on which she was also starring at the time, Stana Katic receives fifth billing in the opening credits, but only has about five minutes of screen time. See more »

Goofs

When Geary and Shepardson threaten to leave a jailhouse interrogation of Brutus, a c-stand bounce card and equipment shipping case is in the background during a close-up of the radio duffle bag. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Bozlovski: [whispering in Spanish] Better you forget them. You didn't see anything.
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Featured in Maltin on Movies: Moneyball (2011) See more »

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How The West Was Won
Written by Katie Herzig
Performed by Katie Herzig
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A Cold War Themed Movie 20 Years After The End Of The Cold War
3 February 2012 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

This is, at times, a very confusing movie. It can be forgiven for that - because clearly it's intended to be. The opening scenes of the movie (a group of illegal immigrants apparently attempting to cross into the US from Mexico) are a bit disorienting. They don't seem to fit with what you expect the movie to be about (I even questioned briefly to myself whether the video store had accidentally packed the wrong movie into the case!) Once it gets going, though, it's compelling.

Basically, the story revolves around the search for the person who assassinated a US Senator, with the prime suspect being a Soviet agent who everyone believed had been killed years before. So - yes - it was an interesting way of bringing back a sort of Cold War theme to a movie made more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. There are two experts on this Russian agent known as Cassius: CIA agent Shepherdson (Richard Gere) and FBI agent Geary (Topher Grace). They get put together as a team to try to piece the puzzle together. The first twist to the story comes about a half hour through the movie, which leaves you wondering a bit what the point of the movie is, but there's a later twist that was (to me, at least) unexpected. It's pretty well done. Gere and Grace worked pretty well together. I haven't really seen much of Topher Grace since he was the star of "That 70's Show." He's matured a great deal as an actor.

There are some pretty good action scenes in this, but to its credit the movie doesn't go overboard on action. It tends to focus mostly on the relationship between Shepherdson and Geary. It's a pretty decent effort. (7/10)


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