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 Benoît Delhomme
Edited by Claire Simpson
Distributed by Entertainment One
Release dates
  • 19 January 2014 (2014-01-19) (Sundance)[1]
  • 5 September 2014 (2014-09-05) (United Kingdom)
Running time
119 minutes[2]
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $15 million[3]
Box office $31.6 million[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, Grigoriy Dobrygin, 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. It is the last of Hoffman's films released in his lifetime.


Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a refugee from Chechnya, enters Hamburg, Germany, illegally. Günther Bachmann (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a German espionage agent, leads a team that 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 a potentially dangerous terrorist. Bachmann's team also tracks the activities of a local Muslim philanthropist, Dr. Abdullah (Homayoun Ershadi), who is believed to be funneling funds to terrorist activities, though the team is unable to prove this. German security official Mohr (Rainer Bock) and American diplomatic attaché Sullivan (Robin Wright) both take interest in the two cases.

Karpov contacts an immigration lawyer, Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams), through a local Muslim family, and Richter puts him in contact with Tommy Brue (Willem 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 in the hope that Abdullah will reroute some of the funds to a shipping company acting as 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. Bachmann walks away, defeated.



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


On 25 July 2014, the film received a limited release in the United States, beginning with 361 theatres and later expanding wider. It has earned US$31,554,855 worldwide.[4]


A Most Wanted Man received positive reviews and has a "Certified Fresh" score of 88% on Rotten Tomatoes based on 178 reviews with an average rating of 7.4 out of 10. The critical consensus states: "Smart, subtle, and steadily absorbing, A Most Wanted Man proves once again that John le Carré books make for sharp, thoughtful thrillers".[12] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 73 out of 100, based on 42 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Richard Roeper called the film one of the best spy thrillers in recent years, and called it the seventh best film of 2014.[13]

Many critics praised Hoffman's performance, which was his last leading role before his death in February 2014.[14] Critic Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called it a "crackerjack thriller" and praised the performance of the entire cast but Hoffman in particular. He wrote that A Most Wanted Man is "a fitting film for him to leave on, not only because it is so expertly done but because his role was so challenging."[15]


  1. ^ Sinha-Roy, Piya (21 January 2014). "Corbijn debuts post-9/11 thriller A Most Wanted Man at Sundance". Reuters. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "A Most Wanted Man (15)". British Board of Film Classification. Retrieved 18 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "A MOST WANTED MAN". Movie Insider. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b A Most Wanted Man at Box Office Mojo
  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 (30 June 2014). "Philip Seymour Hoffman Smokes in 'A Most Wanted Man' UK Trailer". firstshowing.net. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  12. ^ A Most Wanted Man at Rotten Tomatoes
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  14. ^ A Most Wanted Man at Metacritic
  15. ^ Turan, Kenneth (24 July 2014). "Taut 'A Most Wanted Man' showcases Hoffman's final performance". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 20 April 2015. 

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