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  • Summary: Summoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein's palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia 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, a reckless, sadisticSummoned from the frontline to Saddam Hussein's palace, Iraqi army lieutenant Latif Yahia 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, 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. With one wrong move costing him his life, Latif forges an intimate bond with Sarrab, Uday's seductive mistress who’s haunted by her own secrets. But as war looms with Kuwait and Uday’s depraved gangster regime threatens to destroy them all, Latif realizes that escape from the devil’s den will only come at the highest possible cost. (Herrick Entertainment) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 28
  2. Negative: 3 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jul 27, 2011
    83
    I'm not sure what it all adds up to, but The Devil's Double puts its hooks in you and keeps them there.
  2. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Jul 26, 2011
    75
    You won't find yourself yawning. It's a great double stretch for an actor and Mr. Cooper plays both the smoldering Latif and the bombastic Uday with combustible energy.
  3. 75
    New Zealand-born director Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors, Die Another Day) avoids biopic tropes, filling the screen with the jolts of a violent thriller and exploiting the few comic possibilities.
  4. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Jul 28, 2011
    58
    Dominic Cooper is electrifying yet stiff in The Devil's Double; he's simultaneously the film's biggest asset and its greatest flaw.
  5. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Aug 4, 2011
    50
    This is a straight-up gangsta film, yo. Spare us the phony redemption.
  6. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Jul 25, 2011
    50
    The film's first act is wholly concerned with the juxtaposition of physical similarities and ideological opposites, and Tamahori spends entire sequences upending the balance between the two.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Jul 27, 2011
    25
    It's hard to believe that The Devil's Double doesn't intend to be a put-on. Despite a real-life basis of its plot, Lee Tamahori's fierce depiction of hedonistic Saddaam Hussein spawn Uday Hussein relegates the character to a farcical cartoon.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Oct 14, 2011
    10
    O que é um grande filme! Eu realmente gostei e acho que todosO que é um grande filme! Eu realmente gostei e acho que todos devem ir vê-lo. Dupla do Diabo/ The Devil's Double é sobre o homem ta forçado a ser o dobro para Uday o mal ditador Saddam Hussein,filho mais velho. Latif Yahia, um tenente do Exército durante a guerra Irã / Iraque é trazido para o palácio de Uday, em Bagdá e ofereceu um emprego que ele não pode recusar, ser "catcherbala" Uday ou assistir Uday estupro e tortura de sua família. Eles estão chamando-o deScarface da Arábia, muita ação, muita emoção e suspense, ótimo filme. Cinco estrelas de mim.
    What a great movie! I really liked and I think everyone should go see it. Double the Devil / The Devil's Double is about man ta be forced to double for Uday evil dictator Saddam Hussein, the eldest son. Latif Yahia, an Army lieutenant during the Iran / Iraq is brought to the palace of Uday, in Baghdad and offered a job he can not refuse to be "catcherbala" Uday Uday or watch rape and torture of his family. They are calling it the Arabian deScarface, lots of action,emotion and suspense, great movie. Five stars from me.
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  2. Oct 25, 2011
    10
    I am a huge IMDb fan, I quite possibly have too much time on my hands! But, ya' know how it goes, you're looking at one movie which brings youI am a huge IMDb fan, I quite possibly have too much time on my hands! But, ya' know how it goes, you're looking at one movie which brings you to the next, etc. etc. Which is how I found myself here on The Devil's Double page, I haven't seen the movie, just the promo stuff, trailers etc, anything online. What I'm writing about here after reading through all of the reviews is the fact that no matter how many people actually read the reviews and "liked" them, there's always on average 9 who didn't "like" or "find useful". Being a kind of Geek, yeah, I'll admit to it! The laws of probability of that happening naturally are huge! So what I'm saying is that one person or 9 people, came along and decided it didn't matter what anyone wrote about the movie, they just weren't going to "like" or "find it useful" 
    Hey, I respect everyone's right to have an opinion, I'm just expressing mine! Ya'know it's one thing writing a review and stating your reasons for liking or not any movie, but it's kinda cowardly just clicking anonymously don't ya think??  It's like someone came along and looked at the title poster or looked at the cast names, scrolled down the reviews and just went, nah, don't like you, nah, don't like your name, nah, you're from where? nah, don't like the look of that guy, etc.
    Grow up! 
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  3. Aug 8, 2011
    10
    I saw The Devil's Double at the Sundance Film festival back in January. I didn't really know anything about the story, but there was such aI saw The Devil's Double at the Sundance Film festival back in January. I didn't really know anything about the story, but there was such a buzz about it at the festival I thought, why not? that's what festivals are for, watching movies you might not normally see. I wasn't sorry that I did, from the first scene until the last I was gripped, I found myself laughing at times when normally you wouldn't, but that was the great thing about it, it was a roller-coaster ride. A gangster movie set in Baghdad in the 80's, the fact that it's based on a true story doesn't really hit you until you walk out, and you completely believe that the lead Dominic Cooper is two different people. Fantastic. Even more fantastic is the fact that the guy who the movie is about Latif Yahia is still alive! I've seen some people rate this movie with one or two stars, nonsense, 11 out of 10 it's great! But don't believe me, spend a few dollars and make up your own mind, you won't be sorry, I certainly wasn't. Expand
  4. Oct 11, 2011
    10
    Three are three very good reasons to go to see The Devil's Double, firstly Dominic Cooper, outstanding in his dual roles as the good guyThree are three very good reasons to go to see The Devil's Double, firstly Dominic Cooper, outstanding in his dual roles as the good guy (Latif Yahia) and the bad guy (Uday Saddam Hussein). Based on the true story of how Latif Yahia was forced to become Uday's body double or bullet-catcher, it's riveting stuff.
    Secondly, it just looks incredible, it's hard to describe, seemingly it's a low budget movie but it certainly doesn't look like it is. I've seen some articles where the journalist has said it's a "Hollywood" production, so it seems even they have been fooled by the lush looks of it!
    Thirdly, it has a really strong supporting cast, I'm not familiar with any of them but I couldn't say that I thought anyone didn't give their fullest to the movie. Having watched a few other Iraq films, I would have to say that The Devil's Double has the best Saddam I've seen yet, the actor, Philip Quast really looks and acts the part, it's incredible.
    I give it my highest recommendations, if you want a movie that's not all fluff and has a great story and strong acting go see it.
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  5. Aug 8, 2011
    10
    Excellent movie exposing you to the corrupt and psycopathic world of Uday Hussein, Saddam's eldest son. After this movie, I immediately cameExcellent movie exposing you to the corrupt and psycopathic world of Uday Hussein, Saddam's eldest son. After this movie, I immediately came home and starting reading all I could about Uday and his crazy world. Also, Dominic Cooper does an outstanding job playing both roles as Uday and Latif Yahia, the body double for Uday. HIghly recommended!! 10/10 Expand
  6. Aug 8, 2011
    10
    Funky Americanese martial arts period piece.Liberal Democrat Cooper stamps his trademark well & truly.Things progress along nicely with aFunky Americanese martial arts period piece.Liberal Democrat Cooper stamps his trademark well & truly.Things progress along nicely with a standard plot line.Camera-work is a bit dodgy but who cares.The fight sequences are masterfully turned out.Definitely worth a look if you like this genre. This movie has enough blood and action to maintain the viewer's interest though because of its technical shortcomings can be hard to follow at times visually. Lots of dark sequences contributing to the general mayhem with a hokey soundtrack. The dialog is somewhat stilted,but who cares,this is ultimate fun to watch. Cooper has a long track record for promoting wickedly masterful Liberal Democracy ,one can only equate the fight sequences with high ballet. This is liberal fare but still serves up the usual dollop of action. Expand
  7. Feb 19, 2012
    4
    The filmmaker was clearly confused as to whether he wanted to showcase Uday's brutal way of handling power, or propel a story with theThe filmmaker was clearly confused as to whether he wanted to showcase Uday's brutal way of handling power, or propel a story with the former's support. Photography is great, and so is Domiinic Cooper as Uday. But that's that. I found it difficult to sit through all 108 minutes, and wished the movie ended much sooner. It is boring, disoriented, and lacks direction. An amateurish effort. Expand

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