A Most Wanted Man (film)

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A Most Wanted Man
A Most Wanted Man Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Produced by
Screenplay by Andrew Bovell
Based on A Most Wanted Man 
by John le Carré
Music by Herbert Grönemeyer
Cinematography Benoit Delhomme
Edited by Claire Simpson
Demarest Films
Potboiler Productions
The Ink Factory
Film4 Productions
Distributed by Lionsgate (United States)
Roadside Attractions[1]
Entertainment One
(United Kingdom)
Release dates
  • 19 January 2014 (2014-01-19) (Sundance Film Festival)[2]
  • 25 July 2014 (2014-07-25) (United States)
  • 5 September 2014 (2014-09-05) (United Kingdom)[3]
  • United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $17,424,709[4]

A Most Wanted Man is a 2014 British espionage-thriller film based on the novel of the same name by John le Carré, directed by Anton Corbijn and written by Andrew Bovell.[5] The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Robin Wright, Daniel Brühl and Nina Hoss. It premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival[6] and competed in the main competition section of the 36th Moscow International Film Festival[7] and the 40th Deauville American Film Festival.


Issa Karpov (Dobrygin), a refugee from Chechnya, enters Hamburg, Germany, illegally. Günther Bachmann (Hoffman), a German espionage agent, leads a team which seeks to develop intelligence from the local Muslim community. The team learns of Karpov's presence from CCTV footage and confirms from Russian intelligence that he is considered to be an extremely dangerous terrorist. The team also tracks the activities of local Muslim philanthropist Dr. Abdullah (Ershadi) who is believed to be funnelling funds to terrorist activities, though the team is unable to prove this. German security official Mohr (Bock) and American diplomatic attache Sullivan (Wright) both take interest in the two cases.

Karpov contacts an immigration lawyer, Annabel Richter (McAdams), through a local Muslim family and she puts him in touch with Tommy Brue (Dafoe), a banker whose father laundered money for Karpov's father. Karpov identifies with his maternal Chechen heritage and doesn't want his father's money. Bachmann's team is able to turn Brue and Richter who convince Karpov to donate the funds to Abdullah's organization believing that Abdullah will reroute some funds to a shipping company which is a front for Al Qaeda. Bachmann plans to capture Abdullah and turn him as well in order to ensnare those higher up in the terrorist organization. The plan is approved by the interior minister and Abdullah does indeed route funds to the shipping company, but as Bachmann prepares to take Abdullah into custody, he is ambushed by forces reporting to Mohr and Sullivan who capture Abdullah and Karpov.



In July 2013, Lionsgate acquired the US distribution rights to the film.[8]


Principal photography took place in Hamburg, Germany in September 2012.[9]


On April 11, 2014, the first trailer for the film was released.[10] A new trailer for the UK was revealed on June 30.[11]


On July 25, 2014, the film received a limited release in the United States, beginning with 361 theaters and later expanding wider. It has so far earned $7,264,691.[12][13]


A Most Wanted Man has been met with positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 91% based off 137 reviews. The consensus reads: "Smart, subtle, and steadily absorbing, A Most Wanted Man proves once again that John le Carré books make for sharp, thoughtful thrillers". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 73 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "generally favourable reviews". Many critics praised Hoffman's performance, which was his last leading role before his death in February 2014.[14]


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  3. ^ "The A Most Wanted Man trailer is here:". Twitter. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=amostwantedman.htm
  5. ^ "First Look: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams in A Most Wanted Man (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). 8 February 2013. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (9 December 2013). "Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2014 Premieres Lineup". The Hollywood Reporter (Prometheus Global Media). Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  7. ^ "36th Moscow Film Festival Competition Program". MIFF. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Lionsgate Acquires A Most Wanted Man; John Le Carre Adaptation Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman And Rachel McAdams". Deadline.com. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  9. ^ Sandwell, Ian (25 September 2012). "A Most Wanted Man begins shooting". Screen International (Emap International Limited). Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  10. ^ Enk, Bryan (11 April 2014). "A Most Wanted Man Trailer: Philip Seymour Hoffman Reminds Us of His Greatness". Yahoo.com. Retrieved 11 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Anderton, Ethan (June 30, 2014). "Philip Seymour Hoffman Smokes in 'A Most Wanted Man' UK Trailer". firstshowing.net. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 
  12. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/counts/chart/?yr=2014&wk=30&p=.htm
  13. ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=amostwantedman.htm
  14. ^ A Most Wanted Man at Rotten Tomatoes

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