Live From Baghdad

Live From Baghdad

Michael Keaton
Director: Mick Jackson Cast: Michael Keaton
Michael Keaton
, Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
, Lili Taylor
Lili Taylor
Mick Jackson


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As America geared itself for another possible armed conflict in Iraq, the HBO cable service offered a dramatization of events surrounding the 1991 Persian Gulf War. Originally telecast on December 8, 2002, Live From Baghdad recounted the efforts by the CNN network to be first on the scene when hostilities broke out in the Gulf in late 1990. Inaugurating round-the-clock coverage of the warfare with the invasion of Kuwait, dauntless CNN producers Robert Wiener (Michael Keaton) and Ingrid Formanek (Helena Bonham Carter), aided and abetted by on-the-scene reporters Bernard Shaw (Robert Wisdom), Peter Arnett (Bruce McGill), and John Holliman (John Carroll Lynch), among many others, represented the only American news service on the scene during the first night of bombing on January 16, 1991. Not only does Live From Baghdad celebrate the heroism (and meticulous fairness) of the CNN crew, but it also vividly demonstrates how a tiny but tenacious basic cable channel managed to out-scoop the Big Three networks, thereby becoming one of the most powerful and influential journalistic forces in the world.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/2012
UPC: 0883316444375
Original Release: 2002
Rating: NR
Source: Hbo Archives
Time: 1:50:00
Sales rank: 57,069

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Keaton Robert Wiener
Helena Bonham Carter Ingrid Formanek
Lili Taylor Judy Parker
Joshua Leonard Mark Biello
David Suchet Naji Al Hadithi
Michael Cudlitz Tom Murphy
Hamish Linklater Richard Roth
Michael Murphy Tom Johnson
Paul Guilfoyle Ed Turner
Bruce McGill Peter Arnett
Robert Wisdom Bernard Shaw
John Carroll Lynch John Holliman
Jerry Haleva Saddam Hussein
Val Lauren CNN Technician

Technical Credits
Mick Jackson Director
Richard Chapman Teleplay
Sara Colleton Executive Producer
Richard Hoover Production Designer
Joe Hutshing Editor
Steve Jablonsky Score Composer
George W. Perkins Producer
Timothy J. Sexton Screenwriter
John Patrick Shanley Teleplay
Ivan Strasburg Cinematographer
Rosalie Swedlin Executive Producer

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Live From Baghdad 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could barely hold myself up during this film without laughing. It was so hackneyed and hokey, God it was funny. Couldn't they have just killed Saddam right there, so our problems would have been over?