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Oil drives greed in Oscar-winning Traffic screenwriter Stephen Gaghan's labyrinthine sophomore directorial effort that traces the corruption of the global oil industry from the backrooms of Washington, D.C., to the petroleum-rich fields of the Middle East. Based in part on the writings of former CIA case officer Robert Baer, Syriana combines multiple storylines to explore the complexities that befall a proposed merger between two U.S. oil giants. Reform-minded Gulf country prince Nasir (Alexander Siddig) is in favor of making his nation more self-sufficient rather than U.S.-reliant, and his money-minded Western connections couldn't be less pleased. Before settling into a cushy desk job for the remainder of his career, CIA agent Bob Barnes (George Clooney) is sent on one last assignment -- to assassinate Prince Nasir and reinstate U.S. ties in the oil-rich region. Though his loyalty dictates that Barnes carry out his current mission despite lingering doubts of a previous blunder, his mission goes horribly awry when his field contact goes turncoat and Barnes becomes a CIA scapegoat. Meanwhile, up-and-coming Washington attorney Bennett Holiday (Jeffrey Wright) attempts to walk a fine line in overseeing a tenuous merger between two oil giants that's plagued with shady business dealings. Hotshot energy analyst Bryan Woodman (Matt Damon) is in talks to form a lucrative partnership with Prince Nasir, though the death of his son during a party at the prince's estate makes him question his loyalty to business over family. Back in Washington, D.C., Bennet's boss Dean Whiting attempts to undermine Prince Nasir's attempts to make his country less reliant on the U.S. dollar by planting the seeds of dissonance between the progressive prince and his money-minded younger brother Prince Meshal (Akbar Kurtha). ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Grouped Work ID665891bf-0c3c-c3da-4807-495fadb383ee
Grouping Titlesyriana
Grouping Authorwarner bros pictures
Grouping Categorymovie
Last Grouping Update2020-01-25 11:22:33AM
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Clooney, George,
Clooney, George.
Cooper, Chris, 1951-
Damon, Matt,
Damon, Matt.
Desplat, Alexandre.
Elswit, Robert, 1950-
Fox, Jennifer,
Fox, Jennifer.
Gaghan, Stephen,
Gaghan, Stephen.
Hurt, William,
Hurt, William.
Kacandes, Georgia,
Kacandes, Georgia.
Munir, Mazhar,
Munir, Mazhar.
Nelson, Tim Blake,
Nelson, Tim Blake.
Nozik, Michael,
Nozik, Michael.
Peet, Amanda, 1972-
Plummer, Christopher,
Plummer, Christopher.
Siddig, Alexander, 1965-
Wright, Jeffrey,
Wright, Jeffrey.
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4M Film (Firm)
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Clooney, George.
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Damon, Matt.
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Elswit, Robert,1950-
Fox, Jennifer,production personnel.
Fox, Jennifer.
Gaghan, Stephen,screenwriter,director.
Gaghan, Stephen.
Hurt, William,actor.
Hurt, William.
Kacandes, Georgia,production personnel.
Kacandes, Georgia.
Munir, Mazhar,actor.
Munir, Mazhar.
Nelson, Tim Blake,actor.
Nelson, Tim Blake.
Nozik, Michael,production personnel.
Nozik, Michael.
Participant Productions.
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Peet, Amanda,1972-actor.
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Plummer, Christopher.
Section Eight Ltd.
Siddig, Alexander,1965-
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Warner Bros. Pictures (1969- )
Warner Home Video (Firm)
Wright, Jeffrey,actor.
Wright, Jeffrey.
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subject_facetAceites y grasas -- Análisis -- Teatro
Baer, Robert. -- Drama
Brokers -- Drama
Corporate lawyers
Corporate lawyers -- United States -- Drama
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Estados Unidos. -- Agencia Central de Inteligencia -- Teatro
Feature films
Fiction films
Film adaptations
Geopolitics -- Drama
Islamic fundamentalism -- Drama
Oil industries
Oil industries -- Drama
Petroleum industry and trade
Petroleum industry and trade -- Drama
Political -- Feature
Teenagers -- Pakistan -- Drama
Terrorism -- Drama
Thriller -- Feature
Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.)
United States
United States -- Central Intelligence Agency -- Drama
United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency
United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency -- Drama
United States. -- Central Intelligence Agency -- Teatro
Video recordings
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
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Syriana [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Participant Productions ; a 4M film ; a Section Eight production ; executive producers, George Clooney, Steven Soderbergh, Ben Cosgrove, Jeff Skoll ; written and directed by Stephen Gaghan ; produced by Jennifer Fox, Michael Nozik, Georgia Kacandes
Syriana [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Participant Productions a 4M Film, a Section Eight production ; produced by Jennifer Fox, Michael Nozik, Georgia Kacandes ; written and directed by Stephen Gaghan
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Baer, Robert
Corporate lawyers
Islamic fundamentalism
Oil industries
Petroleum industry and trade