A Hologram for the King

A Hologram for the King

DVD - 2016
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In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman named Alan Clay pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter's college tuition, and finally do something great.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA :, Roadside Attractions LLC,, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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21221018293347
Jul 11, 2018

A glimpse into the life of a dis-spirited salesman, his financial woes, off to Saudi to pitch a proposal to the King. A very limited glimpse into the Saudi life. A great disappointment of a movie. The acting is good, but the story line sucks.

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gingin1972
Apr 11, 2018

Great acting! But very slow boring movie!

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kpelish
Apr 01, 2018

Tom Hanks does a great job portraying a depressed, dissipated salesman who's buckling under the pressure to win a huge contract with the Saudi Arabia elite for his firm's holographic software. Thin plot: there's some funny scenes as American directness meets Mideastern indirectness--no, we don't know when we can meet with you; no, we don't know when we can get your team WI-FI, etc. There's a plot hole in the pressure of his college-age daughter's tuition (can't his ex-wife work? Aren't there student loans?). I enjoyed this mostly for its depiction of Middle Eastern culture (the more open country of Morocco stands in for Saudi Arabia), his friendship with a wryly funny driver, and his romance with a native doctor.

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breemu
Mar 16, 2018

Watched this mainly for a peek into another culture and was not disappointed. Plus Tom Hanks is always enjoyable and there's an original and quite beautiful and discreet "hidden" (because of cultural restrictions) water/underwater love scene with the lovely Sarita Choudhury.

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nordicleather
Feb 01, 2018

"A Hologram for the King" is a very slow moving movie. I found it hard to follow. The plot was as dry as the desert where it was photographed.

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rameshn116
Jan 13, 2018

Weak comedy of sorts . Tom Hanks makes it palatable by showing the comedies of cultural confusion but I wish I had not wasted two hours of my life watching it

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readyrisa
Jan 02, 2018

Slow and BORING film!

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booksmile
Dec 18, 2017

Kind of a quiet film. Beautiful scenery and a surprisingly intriguing story, but the ending felt rushed and abrupt.

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DeeB2015
Aug 27, 2017

What was the point? Apart from the marvellous uses of a hologram which we
saw for a second, there was just no point to this movie.

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Aevets
Jul 10, 2017

I understand why others are not giving this movie a better rating. (No CGI, no fast car chases, fast women or drug busts). I thought it was very good though. It told a story, a good story in a way that made you want to watch it and recommend it to your friends...which I have.

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jimg2000
Sep 29, 2016

On imported laborers, clearly goosed for the movie:
Film:
Look, they're sweeping sand in a desert.
-I'm guessing these aren't union men.
Oh, we don't have unions here. We have Filipinos.
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Book:
The desert wind was strong, and the dust came over the street like fog. Still, two men were sweeping the road. Yousef pointed and laughed. —This is where the money’s going. They’re sweeping the sand in a desert. (End of chapter.)

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jimg2000
Sep 29, 2016

Quote on public executions in film but not found in book:
Hey, that's the mosque I see from my balcony. There was something going on there yesterday. A lot of people.
-Yeah, that's where they do the executions.
You mean outside, publicly?
-Yes.
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Schwinn went to China.
-We did. They could build our bikes a lot cheaper and a lot faster and it seemed like a good idea at the time.
But it wasn't?
-Well, obviously not. We taught them how to build a good, solid bicycle. They took that wisdom and started making all the bikes themselves. Now they own the market. Because they can sell them for nothing. But it's just a matter of taking different stickers and putting them on the very same bikes. It was built in the same factory somewhere in Asia, all the brands there are, and now Schwinn is just one of them.

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