Production Company: Section Eight / Participant Productions
Studio: Warner Brothers
Cast: George Clooney as Robert Baer, Matt Damon as Bryan Woodman, Amanda Peet as Julie Woodman, Michelle Monaghan as Mary Ann, Susan Allenback as Paralegal, Nicholas Art as Riley Woodman, Luke Barnett as College Friend, Robert Randolph Caton as Bar Patron, David Clennon as Donald Farrish, Chris Cooper, Dagmara Dominczyk, Bob Fajkowski as Secretary of Defence, Anna George as Reza’s sister, Gina Gershon, John Higgins as Carl, Steven Hinkle as Max Woodman, William Hurt, Christopher McDonald, Fritz Michel as CIA Operative, Max Minghella as Robby Baer, Tim Blake Nelson as Danny Dalton, Kaveh Sari as Ali Naimi, Greta Scacchi, Alexander Siddig, Mark Strong as Mussawi, Elisa Triani, Amr Waked as Mohammed Sheik Agiza and Jeffrey Wright
Crew: Stephen Gaghan (writer and director); Robert Baer (wrote the book See No Evil: The True Story of a Ground Soldier in the CIA’s War on Terrorism, which suggested the film story); George Clooney, Michael Nozik, Steven Soderbergh and Jeff Skoll (producers); Ben Cosgrove, Jennifer Fox, Georgia Kacandes and Kevin McCormick (executive producers)
Syriana tells the true life events of Robert Baer (George Clooney), who is is a 21-year veteran of the CIA, who has spent his entire career investigating terrorists around the globe. As the dangers of terrorism increase, Baer watches as the CIA’s funding is cut, politics took over judgment, and warning signs are completely ignored. The struggle suddenly becomes personal when and oil executive (played by Matt Damon) and his wife (Amanda Peet) are faced with a family tragedy.
Writer and director Stephen Gaghan, winner of the Best Screenplay Academy Award for Traffic, comes Syriana, a political thriller that unfolds against the intrigue of the global oil industry. From the players brokering back-room deals in Washington to the men toiling in the oil fields of the Persian Gulf, the film’s multiple storylines weave together to illuminate the human consequences of the fierce pursuit of wealth and power. As a career CIA operative (George Clooney) begins to uncover the disturbing truth about the work he has devoted his life to, an up-and-coming oil broker (Matt Damon) faces an unimaginable family tragedy and finds redemption in his partnership with an idealistic Gulf prince (Alexander Siddig). A corporate lawyer (Jeffrey Wright) faces a moral dilemma as he finesses the questionable merger of two powerful U.S. oil companies, while across the globe, a disenfranchised Pakistani teenager (Mazhar Munir) falls prey to the recruiting efforts of a charismatic cleric. Each plays their small part in the vast and complex system that powers the industry, unaware of the explosive impact their lives will have upon the world.
Film Fetish trivia:
Syriana’s working title was See No Evil.
George Clooney gained 30 pounds to play the part of Robert Baer. That weight gain was later attributed to a spinal injury he suffered on the set, during a stunt.
Taglines: Everything is connected.
Release Dates: NOVEMBER 23, 2005
Genre: DRAMA / THRILLER