The Kingdom 2007

The Kingdom is a 2007 film directed by Peter Berg and starring Jamie Foxx, Chris Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Ashraf Barhom, with Kyle Chandler, Jeremy Piven and Ali Suliman.

The film is fictional, but inspired by bombings at the Riyadh compound on May 12, 2003 and the Khobar housing complex on June 26, 1996 in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The story follows a team of FBI agents who investigate the bombing of a foreign-workers facility in Saudi Arabia. Screenwriter Matthew Michael Carnahan has summarised the plot as “What would a murder investigation look like on Mars?” The film was screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival as its yearly ‘Surprise Movie’ on 22 August 2007.

Plot: When a terrorist bomb detonates inside a Western housing compound in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, an international incident is ignited. While diplomats slowly debate equations of territorialism, FBI Special Agent Ronald Fleury quickly assembles an elite team and negotiates a secret five-day trip into Saudi Arabia to locate the madman behind the bombing. Upon landing in the desert kingdom, however, Fleury and his team discover Saudi authorities suspicious and unwelcoming of American interlopers into what they consider a local matter. Hamstrung by protocol-and with the clock ticking on their five days-the FBI agents find their expertise worthless without the trust of their Saudi counterparts, who want to locate the terrorist in their homeland on their own terms. Fleury’s crew finds a like-minded partner in Saudi Colonel Al-Ghazi, who helps them navigate royal politics and unlock the secrets of the crime scene and the workings of an extremist cell bent on further destruction. With these unlikely allies sharing a propulsive commitment to crack the case, the team is led to the killer’s front door in a blistering do-or-die confrontation. Now in a fight for their own lives, strangers united by one mission won’t stop until justice is found in The Kingdom.
* Jamie Foxx as Special Agent Ronald Fleury
* Chris Cooper as Special Agent Grant Sykes, Bomb Technician, FBI
* Jason Bateman as Special Agent Adam Leavitt, Intelligence Analyst, FBI
* Jennifer Garner as Special Agent Janet Mayes, Forensic Examiner, FBI
* Tom Bresnahan as Special Agent Rex Burr, Regional Security Officer (RSO), U.S. State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service
* Kyle Chandler as Special Agent Francis Manner, Legal Attaché, FBI
* Mahmoud Said as Brigadier General Al Abdulmalik, Saudi Arabian National Guard
* Ashraf Barhom as Colonel Faris Al-Ghazi, Saudi State Police
* Ali Suliman as Sergeant Haytham, Saudi State Police
* Richard Jenkins as James Grace, Director, FBI
* Kelly AuCoin as Ellis Leach, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs
* Danny Huston as Gideon Young, Attorney General
* Anna Deavere Smith as Maricella Canavesio, Deputy National Security Advisor
* Frances Fisher as Elaine Flowers, Investigative Reporter, Washington Post
* Raad Rawi as Prince Thamer, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia
* Omar Berdouni as Prince Ahmed bin Khaled
* Jeremy Piven as Damon Schmidt, Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy
* Amy Hunter as Lyla Fleury
* T.J. Burnett as Kevin Fleury
* Trevor St. John as Earl Ripon
* Ashley Scott as Janine Ripon
* Tim McGraw as Aaron Jackson
* Minka Kelly as Miss Ross

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