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The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)

R | | Comedy, War | 6 November 2009 (USA)
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A reporter in Iraq might just have the story of a lifetime when he meets Lyn Cassady, a guy who claims to be a former member of the U.S. Army's New Earth Army, a unit that employs paranormal powers in their missions.

Director:

Grant Heslov

Writers:

Jon Ronson (inspired by the book), Peter Straughan (screenplay)
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Clooney ... Lyn Cassady
Ewan McGregor ... Bob Wilton
Jeff Bridges ... Bill Django
Kevin Spacey ... Larry Hooper
Stephen Lang ... Brig. Gen. Dean Hopgood
Robert Patrick ... Todd Nixon
Waleed Zuaiter ... Mahmud Daash
Stephen Root ... Gus Lacey
Glenn Morshower ... Maj. Gen. Holtz
Nick Offerman ... Scotty Mercer
Tim Griffin ... Tim Kootz
Rebecca Mader ... Debora Wilton
Jacob Browne ... Lt. Boone
Todd Lawson LaTourrette ... Dave (as Todd Latourrette)
Brad Grunberg ... Ron
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Storyline

A reporter, trying to lose himself in the romance of war after his marriage fails, gets more than he bargains for when he meets a special forces agent who reveals the existence of a secret, psychic military unit whose goal is to end war as we know it. The founder of the unit has gone missing and the trail leads to another psychic soldier who has distorted the mission to serve his own ends. Written by Rob Harris

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

No goats. No glory.

Genres:

Comedy | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some drug content and brief nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [UK]

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Arabic

Release Date:

6 November 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Men Who Stare at Goats See more »

Filming Locations:

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,706,654, 8 November 2009

Gross USA:

$32,428,195

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,968,688
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

George Clooney's character, Lyn Cassady, appears to be based partly on the US military's top Remote Viewer Joe McMoneagle, and RV Project Database Manager Lyn Buchanan. A scene where information on a missing general is provided by Cassady in a Remote Viewing session is likely drawn from inspiration from McMoneagle's partly successful attempt to RV kidnap US Brig. Gen. Dozier's location in Padua, Italy (1981). The scene where computer systems are destroyed, seemingly by Lyn, resulting in his initial recruitment by Gen. Hopgood, is very close to fact. See more »

Goofs

At one point, the New Earth Army is asked to help find General Manuel Noriega. He briefly sought refuge in the Vatican Embassy after the invasion of Panama, but U.S. forces knew he was there. Noriega was never in hiding. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: [with great concentration] Boone.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir?
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: I'm going into the next office.
Lieutenant Boone: Yes sir.
Brigadier General Dean Hopgood: [breaks into a sprint, slams into the wall, falls over] Damn it.
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Crazy Credits

Although this film is inspired by John Ronson's Book The Men Who Stare At Goats, it is a fiction, and while the characters Lynn Cassady and Bill Django are based on actual persons, Sergeant Glenn Wheaton and Colonel Jim Channon, all other characters are invented or are composites and are not portrayals of actual persons. The filmmakers ask that no one attempt walking through walls, cloudbursting while driving, or staring for hours at goats with the intent of harming them... invisibility is fine. See more »

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Featured in Great Movie Mistakes 2: The Sequel (2011) See more »

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Freres Jacques
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Arranged by Barbie McDonald
Courtesy of 5 Alarm Music
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User Reviews

 
Stupid in a very good way
10 July 2012 | by SforSmileSee all my reviews

This film tells a story about a special army unit without having a real plot as even the main characters don't seem to know where they're heading. It's just an accumulation of absurd dialogues and crazy moments with real good actors that don't consider themselves too good to act silly (not too silly) although they certainly were unchallenged by the script. The shown sense of humour reminded me slightly of the humour in the fashion of the Coen brothers in terms of pace and surreality, however, less sarcastic, less biting and without cynicism. The characters are rather likable, harmless individuals trying to find peace in a violent surrounding. I would classify this film as a satire about everything the army represents in general and once you've realized how stupid the army is you'll find this an amusing 93 minutes of fun.


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